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- Publication Date: November 26, 2017
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A couple of years ago Alasdair Shaw convinced me to take a chance on his first of three collections. I was pleasantly surprised but, I still had problem; how do I rate a collection of stories that deserve several different ratings. I had to explain this dilemma in my review that the rating I gave was an average and consisted of some threes, fours, and five star ratings.
This collection is different from all others I've read in that each story deserves a five star rating. One of the things I recognize that has made such a difference in the selections in Alasdair Shaw' s collections is that the stories are all long enough to provide the character and plot development I need. In my food-meal preferences and in my Book preferences, I do enjoy good presentation but, if there's not enough "Meat & Potatoes", my hunger following the meal will be more memorable than the presentation.
Review by THE HOLEY ONE
- Awakening is very clever, an outstanding SF short story.
- Lattice was (for me) a little predictable, but still very good.
- Biting Shadow adopts an alien pov and is very well done.
- Gate of Dreams is excellent. It brought to mind ‘Ender’s Game’ in the feel of misperception and sacrifice, although the story itself is completely different.
- The Following Star is another very good story, very reminiscent of the favourites of my youth.
- The Renewal packs a load of big concepts into a short story - very successfully! - and delivers a nice finish.
- The Stowaway is a good classic.
- Baptism of Fire was, for me, well-written but fairly average mil-SF.
- Sleeping Giant yields a disturbing tale that unfolds exceptionally well to end on a melancholic note.
- We Have the Stars is a very good story that keeps up the suspense and the mystery all the way through.
- Warning Signs is another fine short story, cleverly set up.
I was eagerly turning the page for more, only to realise that I’d come to the end. Already?
This is an excellent collection offering the chance to taste-test eleven good authors, and great value for money.
I received an ARC and am giving an unbias opinion.