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- Print Length: 124 pages
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- Publication Date: November 5, 2010
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004AYD6MG
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A Land of Ash Kindle Edition
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I read Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King a few weeks back, and I like Land of Ash better. Not that I didn't like Full Dark, No Stars - because I really did. King is a master of the underrated medium of short stories and novellas. But I still enjoy Land of Ash more.
My favorite is "Shelter" by David Dalglish. It's about a father and his small child holing themselves up in the house after the ash comes. There's something so simple and bittersweet about it that's perfect.
That's not to say there's any bad stories in it - "Beach Puppies" is somewhat lighter than most of the other stories, and "Last Words" brings it down to a more personal level and less apocalyptic, if that makes sense
What stood out most for me about this collection was the arrangement. It was so expertly done that it gave the feel of a novel told in short stories. Therefore, I'm going to deviate from my usual Short Story Collection Review Style and write this somewhat as though it were a novel.
The first few stories were about people who were either preparing to die from the ash conflagration or were attempting to get somewhere safe. The most heartbreaking was "Shelter," written by David Dalglish. I couldn't put this one down until I finished.
"Toward the Storm," also by David Dalglish, was another notable story in this excellent collection. This one was just creepy enough to be compared to a Stephen King tale. It could have been taken right out of The Stand. I think it was so disturbing because it showed the seamier side of humanity that could survive such a catastrophe.
"Secret Mission," yet another by Dalglish, yanked at the heart strings and brought me to tears. Seeing a refuge camp through the eyes of a child was gut wrenching.
"The One That Matters," by Robert Duperre, was an opposing force to "Toward the Storm." Instead of evil, it depicted a true hero, albeit an unsung one.
I've only mentioned my favorites among these eleven stories. However, all of them had something to add to this collection.
Characters: 5 Stars
Each story was peopled with characters that I could relate to or care about. The people in each of the stories were just average; they could be your neighbors, friends or co-workers. That was a big part of what made the collection so interesting, horrifying, and fun to read, all at the same time.Read more ›
The anthology is written around an fictional apocalyptic event; the eruption of Yellowstone Caldera, resulting in a nuclear-type winter that descends over the world but most severely, over the continental U.S.A.
The eleven stories presented here are unrelated to each other, but share in common the human emotions and traits that so often come to fore when tragedy strikes...emotions and traits the can be stunningly beautiful or, shockingly deplorable.
I must mention that I don't usually like short story anthologies because I find invariably there are some (or several) that I don't like, maybe because of poor writing, uninteresting characters or just a boring story. Yet because I've started the book, I feel I must try to slog them through them in an attempt to finish what I've started. However, I was very please with this set of tales, every story was riveting and held my interest throughout. There were characters in these pages who, although you meet only briefly, become indelibly fixed in your mind.
Eleven splendid fictional short works that focus around human action and reaction to an unexpected natural disaster that has global implications. 5 Stars.
As a personal note, I've just recently finished reading some of author David Dalglish's other works, the five book "The Half-Orcs" series and the first two books of his new 'Shadowdance' series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting but dark. Never actually describing the eruption at Yellowstone was a good choice. Each story was personal and didn't dip into the science fiction/techno-thriller... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas R. Boxleiter
Review: A LAND OF ASH by David Dalglish
Three years ago this month I read ASHFALL, first in a trilogy by Mike Mullin about the eventual eruption of the Yelliwstone... Read more
I enjoyed this collection of short stories that told how people dealt with a horrific circumstance. It's a nice change for an apocalypse book. I just wish it had been longer.Published 10 months ago by Biddy Mulligan
Small collection of short stories written by several authors related to the same cataclysmic Yellowstone volcano eruption set in the near future that's quickly ending life in the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by beach boy
This book is a grouping of completely unrelated stories in the aftermath of some cataclysmic event (that is never really confirmed). Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lee Langevin
Enjoyed this book very much. Each of the characters were very easy to follow. I was hoping that each of them were going to be able to survive, also knew that all would not. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Donald Thurnau
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