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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.
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
To read more reviews and author interviews head to www.leighgendarium.com
In any anthology, there are usually a couple of great stories, and the remaining selections I like, or not, to different degrees. In this case, I enjoyed every story in the book. I can’t pick a favorite, or even two or three of them. There’s a couple I wouldn’t read a second time, but none of them that I would rate less than four stars. All of them are well done and entertaining. The authors took care to make the animals the stars of their stories, and the result is a book any animal lover can enjoy. Excellent reading for everyone.
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.
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