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- ASIN : B016E5JIRU
- Publisher : Hip Phoenix Publishing; 1st edition (November 20, 2015)
- Publication date : November 20, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1352 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 407 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #837,713 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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!
Each story is astounding in its own way but my personal favorites include "The Water Finder's Shadow" by David Bruns, "The Bear's Child" By Harlow C. Fallon, "Unconditional" by Chris Pourteau and, since I am an incurable cat person, "The Poetry of Santiago" by Jennifer Ellis. This one was particularly poignant to me, not only for its superb telling of an elderly feline desperately trying to save his equally aged human friend from the impending volcanic disaster, but also because I happened to be reading it while on a Mediterranean cruise, sailing past Etna, Stromboli and Vesuvius at the time.
This is a gem of a collection, heart-rending at times but also full of hope. If the Apocalypse does find us, it will be the treasured animal companions that survive with us that will hopefully make life bearable and perhaps even worth living in the aftermath.