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- Print Length: 32 pages
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- Publication Date: January 10, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AFOOOJS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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I had to read Stone & Iris twice in order to understand it. This is one of the best things any story can force me to do in regards to being ingenious enough to require knowledge of the end in order to comprehend the underlying intricacies of the plot. I hesitate to divulge too much detail, since uncovering the truth about Alison, Jeremy, and David is the core revelation that leaves you reeling, and it more than likely will require at least two reads. Since the story is only 32 pages, it's not a lengthy foray per se, but if you want to understand what really happened, it will require more than just a pondering skim.
Though it doesn't take place within Ballagh's Quantum Worlds Series (of which The Quantum Door (The Quantum Worlds Book 1) is the first book), Stone nevertheless lays a foundation for it, and it could be considered the precursor to artifex (the androids in his duology) and AI technology. The narrative appears to be confusing, because it's supposed to be. Certain characters switch roles in seemingly nonsensical ways that nevertheless have valid reasons. Writing a story that is purposely haphazard is no easy feat, because you're seeking to deliberately confuse the reader so that they will wonder why they're confused.
The author told me that Stone & Iris is the work he's most proud of, and that pride is more than warranted. It's a calculated yet bittersweet story about consciousness and reality that shows the lengths to which we will cling to what we truly love.
The future was looking bright for Ballagh and I had high hopes for his next story.
A few weeks ago Ballagh emailed me and informed me that he had a new short story coming out in January and wanted to know if I would like an ARC? I immediately jumped at the opportunity. He told me that once they got back from the editor he would let me know and would send me one.
Last week I received the email I was waiting for, my ARC. Ballagh has only ever asked that I give my honest feedback and that is what I will give.
A mysterious breakthrough brings Alison Shaw to the edge of her vanishing world. Everything she knows will soon be gone—everything except the memory of an unlikely friend. But is their bond strong enough for her to hold on to? And is a memory worth living for when nothing else is left?
Stone And Iris is the new story from Jonathan Ballagh. As he did with The Quantum Door, Ballagh had Ben Adams do the artwork for the cover and some illustrations inside and he had David Gatewood edit the book.
Again, I had really high expectations with Adams and Gatewood on board again.
Stone And Iris is a short story, and even the slow reader like me can have the book read in thirty minutes or less. But don’t let the size of this book fool you at all.
Short stories became very popular in the indie scene. Samuel Peralta found some great success with his Future Chronicles Anthology series. He has almost released one a month and still has more planned. Others have also put out some amazing short story collections this past year.
And for once, no one is staring down at tiny screens, trying to be somewhere else.
I have always found it difficult to review short stories. There is not much you can say without giving the story away. I guess I should say, this short story is amazing. I knew that Ballagh showed a lot of potential with his debut novel, but this story blew me away.
He draws you in from the beginning:
Memories are curious things. We mistake t hem for perfect copies of life; experiences eteched in crystal and tuck away for later. But they change on us when we least expect it. A detail is forgotten and a new reality scabs over the hole. History is scarred, the story reimagined. And the strange thing is we don’t even realize it’s happening. It just does.
It is so easy to just get lost in this story. There were a few times I wish he would have told us how much time has passed, but in the end…well I can’t say without giving the story away.
The ending of this story will blow your mind. I know I did not see it coming. It will make you think and rethink what you just read, you might even reread it.
I found myself thinking about this story once I was done. I know this will be a story that I go back to whenever I want to enjoy a quick read.
Jonathan Ballagh is definitely on top of his game with this story and I was not expecting a story of this caliber from him so soon. I am again left with high expectations and I expect more amazing stories from him in the future. If he continues to write stories like this, he will become a household name.
Leighgendary Rating: 9/10 Stars
In "Stone & Iris," Ballagh shows us the fragility of memories and how technology intersects with humanity in an exceptionally well-written tale. Just the other day I was talking to some high school students about human perceptions. As a race, humans can't even trust our own memories and minds. When I read and thought about "Stone & Iris," these thoughts crept back into my mind and I realized Ballagh wrote a fascinating story that had me checking my emotions by the time I finished.
Great debut from Ballagh -- I look forward to seeing more from him down the road.
Stone & Iris is the first of Jonathan Ballagh's stories that I've read, and I'll definitely be hunting down more of his work.
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