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- Publisher: Sorin Suciu and Laura May (October 31, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 31, 2015
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- Language: English
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Although I have to admit to being only a recent convert to the fan club of Sir Terry Pratchett, I have seen the effects of Alzheimer's firsthand and couldn't think of a better cause to contribute to. For what it's worth, I'm also an author myself (check out Matter of Resistance).
To give credit and feedback to the individual authors included in the anthology, I've included comments on each short story below.
1. Thanks for the Memory Cards by Luke Kemp
(4 STARS) Thanks for the Memory Cards is a fun stroll down memory lane with a couple of unique and interesting characters.
2. The Heart of the Labyrinth by DK Mok
(5 STARS) The Heart of the Labyrinth is a creative blend of fantasy and humor from a promising author. The story includes a clever twist and a refreshing perspective on the often too-short memories of those in authority.
3. How Fell the Towers Three by Peter Knighton
(4 STARS) How Fell the Towers Three is a quick and engaging tale of ballads, flatulence, engineering, and historical context.
4. Memoryiam by Scott A. Butler
(4 STARS) Memoryiam is a well-written tale that will draw a good mixture of emotions from any reader.
5. There's a Tattoo, But the Robes Hide It by Mike Reeves-McMillan
(5 STARS) This intriguingly-named story is a quick, easy read with some amusing ideas blended seamlessly together to create an entertaining story.
6. The Shells of Lethe by Laura May
(4 STARS) The Shells of Lethe is an amusing and unexpected tale, with an interesting perspective on the value of memory.
7. Ackerley's Genuine Earth Antiques by Michael K. Schaefer
(4 STARS) This is a funny, clever, and well-written science fiction story. I particularly enjoyed the idea of the earth antique dealer.
8. The Chicken Gospel by Phil Elstob
(5 STARS) This was my favorite short story of the anthology. I thought it was brilliant. I dare say that Sir Terry would be pleased, as this author took a simple story of farm animals in a small town and gave them a beautifully complex and often-hilarious set of new dimensions.
9. Doris by Sorin Suciu
(5 STARS) Possible only for someone with his talent and dedication, Sorin Suciu manages to fit an epic concept into a tiny space with surprising ease.
10. The Wonderous Land of Nib by Lyn Godfrey
(5 STARS) This is a laugh-out-loud funny tale, with a creative twist to boot. A great short story!
11. Strangers by Robert McKelvey
(4 STARS) Strangers is a well-written "hang over" mystery with well-developed characters and the subtle trappings of a powerful life lesson.
12. The Tale of the Storyteller by Caroline Friedel
(5 STARS) This is a touching memoriam for Sir Terry and, for that matter, all of the great authors that inspire us.
13. Bubble Trouble by Charlotte Slocombe
(5 STARS) This is an engaging short story with excellent characters and plot symmetry. Well done!
14. The Vividarium by Steven McKinnon
(5 STARS) Be ready for a surprising mixture of highly imaginative and deeply philosophical writing.
15. The Archive of Lost Memories by Anna Mattaar
(5 STARS) This story draws you in with an unexpected and distinctly interesting story-within-a-story style.
16. If Only I'd Known by Simon Evans
(4 STARS) This is a well-though out, scientifically and philosophically interesting discussion on time travel and the nature of memory.
17. The Olivie Crown Affair by Choong Jay Vee
(5 STARS) Great short story! It includes a fun mixture of humor and action that kept me engaged and interested from start to finish.
Not so this anthology. Each story is superb; each unique; each excellently crafted; each worthy of appearing in a collection bearing the name of the Master. Add to that the fact that a purchase is also a contribution to Alzheimer's research and you have a means to thank Sir Terry beyond the veil of death. I give this book 5 stars without hesitation.
The book features 17 stories by authors I'd never heard of, so it is a fun introduction to some new voices. (And from what I understand, some of these are being published for the first time.) Because memory was important to PTerry, and it is important to his fans, the theme of the book is "Memory", not just its title.
Now, you might expect that at least a couple of the stories would be rather... expected, you might say, on the topic of memory, like philosophically how it is formed, why it goes away, etc. But NO.... all of these stories have very unique (as in both new ideas and different from each other) takes on memory.
And... they are funny. Not all of them are laugh-out-loud, but all of them are amusing to some extent, and were clearly inspired by Sir Terry's humor and thoughtfulness.
The very first story in the bunch, "Thanks for the Memory Cards" by Luke Kemp - had me laughing out loud and reading bits to my husband, who also laughed. It is a story of friendship, and also how close friends think different things are important.
"How Fell the Towers Three" (Peter Knighton) is set in mid-evil times, and is an argument on how a proper ballad should be written.
Mike Reeves-McMillan's story, "There's a Tattoo, But the Robes Hide It" is quite clever, as is Laura May's "The Shells of Lethe".
I hope Michael K. Schaefer expands on his story, "Ackerley's Genuine Earth Antiques", because it is a post-apocalyptic tale without the apocalypse, and a really interesting take on the old trope of Earth ending and people having to leave it.
The final story in the collection, "The Olivie Crowne Affair" by Choong Jay Vee, makes fun of old people's failing memories, but in a really hilarious way. (And there are dragons involved.)
The rest of the stories are great too, but you'll just have to read the anthology to learn more.
Mind you: not all of the stories are perfect, probably because not all of the writers are native English speakers, but the overall collection and cause make this book worthy of 5+ stars.
I received a free copy of this ARC e-book in return for an unbiased review. I never guarantee a positive rating, and all opinions are my own.
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