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Machina Obscurum: A Collection of Shadows Paperback – November 20, 2015
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From the Author
In early 2015, J Edward Neill had the idea to pull together a small army of 'indie' authors. The concept was simple: assemble a group of excellent flash fiction, short stories, and novel excerpts. And so we did it. With great enthusiasm, writers from across the US fired off numerous tales (most of them dark) and Machina Obscurum was born. Herein you'll find stories of the past, present, and future, along with a few that are not of this world.
One thing they all have in common: they're sharp, swift, and guaranteed to light your imagination aflame.
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Be advised, many of these are simply excerpts from novels and don't contain a proper beginning, middle and end. In most of the cases of the excerpts I enjoyed a bite of the larger work. I read all 22 stories and only a couple were too obscure/disconnected to enjoy.
What I loved about this book, were the first 3 shadows! They were as long as the essays I had to write in fifth grade, while my stories were confusing and not detailed at all, these were the complete opposite. It is incredible how Neill and the other authors could bring you into the world of that Shadow and make you feel like you had been there for pages and pages, when it was only four paragraphs. While I would want to hear more tales of the Stiletto, I got a beginning, middle, and end of the character. The same could be said of the other two as well.
I have a love/hate relationship with the excerpts from a few of the authors other works. While they were intriguing and entertaining, I had to add them to my LONG list of books to read. I still very much enjoyed them.