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The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories Paperback – October 4, 2020
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- ASIN : B08KGHH4HH
- Publisher : Independently published (October 4, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 85 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8692961723
- Item Weight : 5.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.22 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,407,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The problem is its sci-fi flash fiction: It may be an attempt to return to more soft sci-fi or fantasy roots of the genre, but lacks memorable characters, tech, and satisfying endings. Many of the plots are about doomed or displaced astronauts, the incomprehensible "00:00:01", or an uninspired reboot of "Soylent Green." All fall flat.
Where "The Knot at the End of the Rope" pulls its weight to a respectable level is in its striking post-apocalyptic poetry and short stories. Located fittingly near the end of the book are poetic gems like "Found" and "Found Scrawled on a Cave Wall" stir the reader's imagination with how the world may have ended for each poet. In "Found," it could simply be an interpretation of dying. And in "Found in a Bottle," there appears to be a glimmer of hope for survivors of the end of the world. Even the short story "Jackpot," though derivative of the last man on earth trope, has the dark humor and twist ending seen in classic books of brevity. While the other end time short stories are also Cormac McCarthyesque accounts of a lone survivor's wasteland treks, they still sear fresh haunting imagery and original "what-if" thoughts into the readers memory.
So, if you like post-apocalyptic imagery and poetry aplenty, then there's a glimmer of hope to be found near the end of Leon Steven's book. But like an atomic flash, it fades, leaving mainstream sci-fi fans (soft and hard core) who are seeking more upbeat tales of future high tech with a fate similar to the astronaut in the titular entry "The Knot at the End of the Rope": Feeling detached.
(T) rouble... 1-(The Knot at the End of the Rope)
(H) eavens... 2-(The Journey)
(E) mpty... 3-(Lights Out)
(K) ickback... 4-(Fast Forward)
(N) oted... 5-(Reasonable Hand-Drawn Facsimile)
(O) utcropping... 6-(The View From Here)
(A) ccelerates... 7-(00:00:01)
(T) ried... 8-(The Last Breath)
Poems and Tales from the (an) Apocalypse...
(E) veryone... 9-(Found)
(N) othing... 10-(There's No Place Like Home)
(O) ut... 11-(Jackpot)
(F) inale... 12-(Hold Down the Fort)
(H) owling... 13-(Homecoming)
THE KNOT AT THE END OF THE ROPE,
something to hold on to.
You'll need this for ride about to take,
the unknown doesn't get better.
Lot's of experiments and guesses plenty to explore,
remember to shut the door.
If you don't get it the first time,
please try again can't hurt.
Try using your imagination like they all did,
then will recognize the destination.
Push on: see it through to the end,
doesn't look so bad now.
Grab a pen and write it all down,
appreciate each day and every moment.
Like riding on swing going up then down,
enjoying as heart skips beats.
Pick up this book: every story's a push,
even if scary want more.
I found myself reading one story after another curious to see how the story would evolve and surprise me at the end. I liked the style, the endings, and the concise writing style of this highly intelligent writer.
I felt these stories are similar to the Twilight Zone stories that cleverly show different perspectives and found these stories very interesting.
In my opinion, the writer is intelligent, imaginative, naturally quick-witted, and highly talented.
Very well done. Highly recommended!
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this exceptional book.
The poetry was okay. I did enjoy the different perspectives presented describing an Apocalypse. The flash fiction was gold. Beautifully written, straight to the point, and each story hitting hard between the eyes; an amazing gut punch. The short stories were well written, opening new worlds within the SFF realm leaning more toward Apocalyptic and distopian genres. I highly reccomend this book. I will look forward to reading another flash fiction/short story collection by Leon Stevens. Amazing!
Thanks to Leon Stevens for providing and digital copy of his book in return for an honest review.
The short stories were also great. I loved a few that had a fun/funny theme, but then there were some that were kind of weird and left me thinking (not necessarily in a bad way.) Several of these stories had a really great storyline that i think if the author wanted to, he could definitely turn them into a full length. I would certainly read them.
I highly recommend.