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- File Size : 1959 KB
- Publication Date : April 6, 2010
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 124 pages
- Publisher : MWS Media; 2nd Edition (April 6, 2010)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- ASIN : B003GDI938
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#876,640 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #2,075 in Science Fiction Anthologies (Kindle Store)
- #2,429 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #2,884 in Fantasy Anthologies
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Overall I enjoyed it but I want more.
A couple concluded nicely. But, overall...too short a book to justify paying anything for these.
In the event, it was a bit of a mixed bag. A couple of the stories suffer from the curse of indie writers: amateur editing. Matt Wallace's Mexican gangbangers call each other "essay" (I think that's "ese", Matt), but the prize goes to Jared Axelrod, who has someone cutting a "break" line with a pair of "sheers". You can just imagine those thin stockings cutting through the line of dancing kids as they spin on the ground...
If there's a theme to this book it's of escape, getting away from your inadequate or even abusive life to the magical, distant compound where William Donner is gathering the X-Men (sorry, the Sovereigns). You don't figure out how to assert yourself or solve your problems, you develop superpowers and run away to a place where, you assume, those problems won't exist. Good luck with that.
Men don't come out looking too good. Only one of the seven stories doesn't feature violence by men against women (and only because there are no women onstage in Matt Wallace's gangbanger story - all the violence is between men).
MWS is just four days younger than me, and I remember growing up in the 80s too. I don't remember it as such a violent and abusive time, myself, though I wasn't in the USA and perhaps I lived a sheltered life.
These are basically origin stories, stories of beginnings, and after reading seven stories of beginnings with no real endings I felt a bit unsatisfied, to be honest.
This collection of shorts by some of today's stellar up and coming authors finds that same frequency and holds on tight. More than just spinning tales about the actions of people with special abilities they focus on what the impact of those abilities are on other aspects of life and loved ones. Each story stands strongly on its own yet blends with each other to form a cohesive mix that makes me wish for much more from this universe.
I really can't recommend this collection enough. It is a wonderful read and at the same time a horrible tease.