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Read the End First Paperback – March 31, 2012

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"Read The End First is a wonderful collection of devious and inventive tales about the end of the world. The apocalypse has never before been this much fun!"
- NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry, author of DEAD OF NIGHT and ASSASIN'S CODE. 



"The authors have produced a series of tales far removed from your run of the mill apocalyptic fare. This is a strong collection of unique visions of the end of the world, with enough twists and originality to keep even the most jaded fan of the genre turning the pages."
- David Moody, author of the HATER and AUTUMN books

"Read The End First is a chilling and utterly unique take -- or rather, 24 different takes -- on the end of the world as we know it. These stories present a fractured prism of apocalypse served up every way imaginable. Open it anywhere and be afraid."
- Joe Schreiber, author of STAR WARS: DEATH TROOPERS and CHASING THE DEAD.

"Zombies, plagues, giants, asteroids, machines, angry gods, whatever the fear, you will feel the icy touch of the end times when you read these tales."
- Sean Page, author of the amazon UK best-seller THE OFFICIAL ZOMBIE HANDBOOK and WAR AGAISNT THE WALKING DEAD

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Wicked East Press (March 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617061883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617061882
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,943,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Usually, for anthologies, I like to say something about each individual story, but in this case, I decided it would be best to keep my comments more general to avoid any spoilers.

"...humankind suffers the consequences of tampering with our environment." - Graham Masterton

Armageddon Oudda Here was one of the best intros that I've ever read in any book, and I strongly recommend that you read it before diving into the stories. However, it's not so much that humans behave irresponsibly in this anthology - they just get too clever for their own good. There is also an introduction by Joe McKinney, author of the Dead City series, which gives readers the perfect mindset for the tragedies within. Not to mention, the editing was superior throughout the entire entire book.

For a horror anthology (and, make no mistake, these stories are terrifying...one even had me bawling like a little girl), this collection had an incredible sci-fi tone to the end-of-the-world theme. There are no happy endings, but some of the characters accept their fates more gracefully than others, while some fight until they take their last ragged breaths. Every story is unique, which I found amazing, but I'm not surprised - most of the authors are well-known for their remarkable story-telling...and if you aren't familiar with any of the names, this is a great way to sample the writers who have been making names for themselves in the past couple of years.

I've read hundreds of horror and sci-fi stories, and it is a constant challenge to find something that stands out year after year.
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Few anthologies are good this consistently throughout. I did have favorites however. R.B Payne's "Kaupe, God of the Cannibal Dog-Men," and "Best Intentions" by Rebecca Snow fell into that coveted place for me. If you like wonderfully written, end-of-world scenario stories (as I definitely do), then you should give this a read!
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This is a really good collection of end-of-the-world stories - some of those literally. A wide selection of authors have provided some interesting and often thought provoking ideas on how the world might end. Don't miss this one, even if you have to buy it in paperback form. I lucked out and got it via Kindle.
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