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Nineteen authors (20 if you count the foreword) are published here... two that submitted poems, one essay, and a number of flash fiction-- genres varied... there was even some art attached to the opening of some stories. Most of the readings here are pretty short. About four stories were clearly humorous. A lot more were somewhere on the serious side and carried a literary quality and tone.
Overall, I was pleased at the selection and caliber of writing here. I'm especially happy to note that Volume 2 will be primarily different writers... that means plenty of new female authors to explore.
I totally enjoy all woman-centered themes, but as someone who didn't choose motherhood, I'd love to see other female-related themes as a key focus in future volumes. Also, a couple of readings were inspired by old folktales or legends or had references to such... this would be confusing for a reader not familiar with them. It would be helpful to make a footnote of such or what they mean to add clarity, understanding, and increase appreciation of such readings.
My personal reaction and ratings for each reading:
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Susan Kaye Quinn starts out this collection by sharing a little of her own story that led her to the path of becoming a strong woman who constantly battles against the expectations and requirements that others tried placing on her. She is a brilliant role-model and someone who I look up to, so it's always great reading more about her and getting an insight into her thoughts.
The stories themselves range from flash fiction and poetry to longer short stories, long enough to give you a satisfying story while being short enough to allow a great variety without any one story overpowering the others. Some of the stories are reinterpretations of fairy tales and myths, some stories are set in the future, some in the past, and some deal with the more mundane aspects of our current events. While I had some stories that I would consider "favorites," all of the stories are enjoyable and I would encourage others to pick up stories by any of these authors.
To me, four stories stood out as the strongest. I say this only because they stayed in my mind the longest, making me wish they were longer, or that I had more about that same character to read.Read more ›
Far from accepting the way things are, each story manages to take a left, a right and circle back with insights, imagery and emotionally available moments. From characters relegated to myth and legend to those who are palpable in their current day situations, the authors spin, twist and travel along a path that will have you thinking long after the pages are turned.
Initially agreeing to review Book of Lilith by P.K. Tyler: this twist of the creation story bringing a new dialogue and revising this His in history. A wonderful introduction to this author’s writing from those unfamiliar with her style, is brings a sense of the Joan Osbourne song, What if God Were One of Us to mind in that sort of lilting, wonderful, daydreaming way. Moving from this story, I was intrigued enough to read on and did finish the entire book, in several sittings.
Some moments and stories will make you uncomfortable: but that’s never a bad thing. You aren’t told that any one way is THE WAY, simply presented with alternatives – and who doesn’t like alternatives? While I consider myself a fairly facile thinker, able to look at issues from different sides, this book stretched my horizons and provided perspectives that only exposure can bring.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nice anthology which features a collection of stories, poems, and art from female authors. This was a diverse mixture and an enjoyable read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BP34
I am happily reminded how creative people can be! I was truly surprised by the ingenious ways these ladies found for expressing themselves.Published 4 months ago by A.Meyers
This is an eclectic collection of stories that honor women by giving them a voice. My favorite was the short about Lilith by Pavarity Tyler.Published 5 months ago by K.M. Hodge, Author of The Book Cellar Mysteries and the Syndicate-Born Trilogy
This is an amazing story of one woman's courage, frustration, and loneliness navigating an overtaxed and poorly managed healthcare system that all too often creates a greater... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
First, I love the cover of this book and its promise of diversity. It sat amongst the reams on my Kindle and refused to be ignored. I took it into the bath to read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nabs
I have a story in here so this review is for all the other authors. I was introduced to new genres and authors and it was a pleasant experience. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. Ludden
Mosaics is an excellent anthology, but I must say that "Pain Relief" by Julie Rea stands out. It is not only well crafted, but heartfelt, beautiful, painful, and real. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael Aronovitz
I had the privilage of being at the Facebook launch party for this book. When a new author would start hosting, I would go to her story and read it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Julie Schmidt
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