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I love dystopian fiction, and I love animals, so when I heard about this book, I made a giant WOOP WOOP sound or something like it. There is a nice variety of animal types represented in this book, although a lot of the stories deal specifically with dogs, or a dog. Some of the animals are pets, but many are not.
Usually when I review an anthology, I like to mention the various titles included, and just a little bit about each. But since there are 14 stories here, what I strongly recommend is that you take a minute or two and click the “LOOK INSIDE” arrow for this book. You will see the names of all the stories, their authors, and if you go just a bit further, you will find a brief synopsis of each story. It will answer many of your questions about whether or not you think this book is something you will enjoy. Here are my opinions:
By the time I finished the first story, I was already in love with this book. By the second, I loved it even more. And it continued that way. More toward the center of the book, there were a series of stories that seemed to be written almost as a “prequel” to something else their authors had already written. I found I didn't enjoy those stories as much. It seemed there was so much devoted to setting up the fantasy world from their series, that the emphasis on the individual animal was a little lost into the background. I grew a little discouraged. (Note: that is not true of all of them that are associated with a series. Some of them were excellent!) Then after that interlude of stories about which I had mixed feelings, more fantastic stories came up. Some of the stories had really moving endings, and I will remember them for awhile. There were a few I liked so much that I have looked into other writings by the authors of those particular stories.
If I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be “The Poetry of Santiago”. It's a beautiful story, and it's the only one about a cat. I'm a cat person so that probably played into my choice. But there were many stories I could put in the list of contenders for my favorite!
Another thing I liked about this book is that the world situation in each story was so very different. They were all dystopian, but the circumstances varied widely. This is a great book to discover many different authors in this genre and the types of stories they write. Everyone has their own different tastes, and there will be some you love, some you like, and a few maybe not so much. But there is enough great writing in this book to make it extremely worthwhile. The fact that a portion of its proceeds go to such a worthy cause make it a “must” addition to your library if you love dystopian themes. Thanks so much to all these wonderful authors for these stories and the work that went into pulling this book together!
As I read the various short stories in this collection, I was motivated to buy the longer fiction by many of the writers. This isn't usually the case for me, so it speaks highly of the quality of writers and the stories they have shared in this amazing collection.
61ato03djl-_sx311_bo1204203200_At the end of 2014, Chris Pourteau released Unconditional: A Tale of the Zombie Apocalypse. Unconditional is a zombie story told from the point of view of a dog. I was not sure what to expect but I really loved it. I actually found it more enjoyable than Dog On It.
Pourteau quickly grabbed my attention with his writing style. The way he wrote the dog’s point of view made me wonder if Pourteau really is a dog…maybe he is a shape shifter.
Pourteau easily made you understand how the dog felt about the people in his “pack” and the other feels he had, like being scared of the zombies. It is a story that really tugs at your heartstrings.
Pourteau received so much support and praise for Unconditional that he decided to put together Tails Of The Apocalypse. During the process of putting Tails Of The Apocalypse togehter, Pourteau decided he wanted to give some of the proceeds of the book to an organization that helped animals. With the help of David Bruns, Pets For Vets was chosen.
Pourteau brings some of the best in indie publishing to this anthology: David Adams, Todd Barselow, Stefan Bolz, David Bruns, Michael Bunker, Nick Cole, Jennifer Ellis, Harlow C. Fallon, Hank Garner, E.E. Giorgi, Deirdre Gould, Edward W. Robertson, and Steven Savile. Those thirteen authors plus Pourteau’s story bring you fourteen wonderful stories featuring animals as part of the main story.
Edward W. Robertson’s When You Open The Cages For Those Who Can’t is a Breakers series, David Adams’ Demon and Emily is a Symphony of War short , Hank Garner’s Keena’s Lament is a Weston Files short , Nick Cole’s Tomorrow Found is a Wasteland Saga short, Deirdre Gould’s Pet Shop is an After The Cure short, E.E. Giorgi’s Kael Takes Wing is a Mayake Chronicles short, and Michael Bunker’s Kristy’s Song is a Pennsylvania short. You do not need to know the author’s world in order to enjoy the stories.
51FeKKpKiyL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_All of these stories are amazing. As I look over them to see if I want to mention any as stand outs, I realize that they all stand out in their own way.
The anthology starts out with David Bruns’ The Water Finder’s Shadow and ends with the story that started it all, Unconditional by Chris Pourteau.
Pourteau was also the editor and he did a great job of mixing up the sad and happy tales. There are stories that will make you want to hug your pet and others that will have you cheering. The authors’ stories are all so great that before you know it you are finishing the anthology.
There are some authors in this anthology that I have never read before. After reading this anthology, my to read list grew. I am 100% sure that if you read Tails Of The Apocalypse you will find a new author to read and maybe a new world you want to discover.
If you buy this book in any format before the end of the year, Pourteau will donate $1 to Pets For Vets.
To learn more about this anthology and Pets For Vets, visit my post about it here.
Leighgendary Rating: 9/10 Stars
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