Normalcy Bias: Look closer...things aren't always what they seem to be. Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07B4S7JMM
- Publication date : February 28, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1943 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 263 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1980427798
- Lending : Enabled
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- #3,671 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #4,510 in Fantasy Anthologies
- #11,097 in Fairy Tale Fantasy (Kindle Store)
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See how easy that works?
Well, I didn't, not for a while. And I kept looking for continuity, and not finding it, and was puzzled. Alas, the problem lay not within the stars, but within myself. It took a bit, but eventually, I was goofy enough that my gift-from-God, happily ever after trophy wife Vanessa, the elegant, foxy, praying black grandmother of Woodstock, GA...did something mysterious to me, and I slept.
And when I awoke, I discovered (among other things) that I would not find continuity between the chapters, because those WEREN'T chapters. They were short stories.
They are all stories about Strange Things, however.
Gremlins. The protagonist has just retired from the military, and returns home to discover home isn't there. It's been, sort of, urban-renewed, while he was away. Fortunately, he has the paperwork to prove he is the owner, and gets compensated, and with the money, he buys a larger spot of land, with some buildings, on the border between Texas and Mexico. No problems, he thinks; I'll put up fences. And then he discovers that something LIKES his fences; likes them enough to eat them.
Horse. I have no idea if US military patrols in the Middle East are ever given camels as their pack animals, nor horses, neither. But, regardless of your beast of burden, when bad guys shoot at you, and something like a djinn appears, it's good to have a team member with strange abilities. Mine was playing the harmonica.
Quetzl. Did you know that the state only funds foster kids until their 18th birthday, and NOT until they graduate from high school? If you are lucky, your placement is with a family that cares, and will let you stay until you are fully prepared to make it on your own. Marco didn't have that bit of luck. He DID, however, have an unknown pet, who slept in an egg that Marco thought was a pretty rock. The rock stayed with Marco as he was shipped from home to home. And then, it was the unknown pet's turn.
Good Housekeeping. Nobody with good sense cares about a HOUSE; what we really need is a home. And even if your Home is far, far away, you can make a new home wherever you are. And sometimes, someone from the old neighborhood shows up, and that's when Home really begins.
Burn. It's awfully confusing when you don't know who you are, or where you come from. Sometimes, though, the old life 'remembers' its' way through the confusion, ad you find yourself with old habits you don't remember. Here's a hint: Some old habits are more ominous than othjers.
The Life that Jack Built. This one has no answers. It will keep you reading to the very end, though.
Good Evening…This Is Your Wakeup Call. What's worse than waking up with a hangover? Well, LOTS of things. But waking up as a vampire has got to be somewhere on the first page.
True Believer. He's not REALLY a true believer. Somehow, that doesn't seem to matter.
I Dream of Djinn. Fortunately, when this one gets free, it can tell who the good guys are, and who the bad guys are. Set in the same world as 'Horse.'
Jury Duty. People talk about jury duty as if it's a bad thing. I suppose it CAN be, but I enjoyed my turn. Ya see, we are entitled to a jury of our peers. And that's REALLY important, when you are somewhat supernatural.
Real Monsters. People have a distorted view of small towns. Something which IS true about them is this: everybody knows everybody else's business. And, in this somewhat spooky tale, they don't turn a blind eye, either.
Blood Kin. Speaking of waking up as a vampire: for this little exercise, I want you to imagine circumstances in which that is a better outcome than the alternative.
Altogether, a charming little set of stories. Even the creepy ones are sort of appealing.
Lot of urban fantasy in this book, and it's GOOD fantasy. No cliches, just solidly written fiction.
Seriously. Get it. And block out some free time, because you are NOT going to want to stop reading.