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Other Worlds Than These Paperback – June 26, 2012
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"Reminds longtime readers of fantasy and sci-fi what we love about the genre, while also and aptly demonstrating to newcomers that these stories are about so much more than dragons and multitentacled monsters. It comes highly recommended to both and all." --Bookgasm
"Our present results from an infinity of past choices and chances, and at every junction, the road not taken would lead to a parallel world -- perhaps like ours in every way that counts, but perhaps dramatically different. Other Worlds Than These collects 30 masterful stories exploring this theme. The collection is weighted toward the last decade, but it also includes classics from Ursula Le Guin, Paul Melko and George R.R. Martin. To my delight, every story is terrific. Grade A." -Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Short story collections containing works by multiple authors can be hard to judge fairly on any kind of rigid scale, because it is rare that a reader will find every story equally good or bad. I have given each story its own 1-5 rating as well. I would recommend this collection to any fantasy or science fiction fans, some of the stories were truly magical. This book is not a light read, and that is certainly not a bad thing...unless you were expecting a light read. Most of these stories are designed to make you think long and hard, and think hard you will.
Moon Six (Stephen Baxter) 1/5 - This story is rife with "space jargon" and I felt like I was reading the same page over and over again. The two distinct threads of the story never converge satisfactorily, and all the different "moon landings" take on a distressingly Sisyphean quality. I felt no interest in the protagonist and I could feel my mind reaching for that final half-blank page that always signifies "THE END."
A Brief Guide to Other Histories (Paul McAuley) 3/5 - I was really getting into this story when it hit a wall on the 2nd to last page. Sometimes it is better to let things fade out; to let them remain unexplained or unknown rather than to try and stuff everything in a box in a hurry. No one wants to open a messy box full of chaos with a pretty bow on the outside.
Crystal Halloway & the Forgotten Passage (Seanan McGuire) 2/5 - This story is a simple little tale about the lost wonders of childhood and the death of innocence that is inevitable when we "grow up." It read like a YA book, and a shallow one at that.Read more ›
Excellent for busy people with a love of good fiction.
This book is most definitely a Good Read!
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This is a collection of short stories by various writers. As might be expected, the quality varied. Several were excellent, a couple were boring. So overall, this is a good read.Published 1 month ago by Cheree
I found this book did not hold my interest. Being an anthology of short stories it was disjointed and often difficult to follow. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peggy
Did not enjoy some of the stories in this book. Some were very good but other not so much.Published 4 months ago by Bobbie Dowen
Some stories far better than others but over all a good compilation of other world stories.Published 11 months ago by vinnyz
Quality of stories was mixed, some really good, others not so much. Ok as light reading.Published 12 months ago by P. Glithero