Tales from Our Write Side: An Anthology Paperback – November 25, 2016
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- Item Weight : 7.4 ounces
- Paperback : 196 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1946382000
- ISBN-13 : 978-1946382009
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.45 x 8 inches
- Publisher : OWS Ink, LLC (November 25, 2016)
- Language: : English
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And that is the particular strength in this anthology: the stories are short, they are sorted by category, and they represent a diverse range of authors. It begins with some delightful tales revolving around the theme of Summer kidnapping Winter, and it is fun to see how seven different authors approach that theme.
While I enjoyed them all on different levels, my favorites include Solstinox by Lorah Jaiyn, The Next Best Seller by A.L. Mabry, Dawn's Light by Wendy Strain, and Patterns by Katheryn J. Avila. Pick this collection up, as you are bound to find some stories you enjoy and might just discover some new authors who you wish to read more of in the future.
What I Liked:
• This collection had great variety. Poetry, short stories, and even a Shakespearean play. I think it would be a great book to pick up and flip through no matter what mood you happened to be in at the time.
• There were some amazing stories in here. I was very impressed with several.
What I Didn’t Like:
• There were a lot of funky formatting issues in my copy. Those could very well have been worked out by now, or may not be present in all copies. I’m giving the collection four stars on the assumption that those issues have been fixed.
Would I Recommend and to Whom:
Some of the stories in this collection didn’t really do it for me. But, there were several that forced me to sit up and take notice. I would recommend to fans of eclectic short fiction.
• E.C. Jarvis - “Mortal Guides”
o I thought this had cute and sweet qualities despite the sadness and morbidity also there. It was a story that was confident but didn’t take itself too seriously.
• A.M. Rycroft – “Hair”
o I couldn’t help giving an evil cackle at this one.
• Wendy Strain – “Dawn’s Light”
o I would read the heck out a novel set in this world. A quick, yet still moving love story.
• David Wiley – “The Portentous Passenger”
o Thrilling, futuristic tale of doing the right thing despite personal risk.
• Katheryn J. Avila - “Patterns”
o Creative and well executed. I want to know so much more about it all and yet, I’m not unsatisfied.
The third section was YA, which were ok but not really my cup of tea. The 4th section was kind of a grab bag of stories that didn't really fit into the other sections. These were a bit off-putting being read back to back as they didn't really flow. So I stopped and just read one story each night. Man, some of those stories were amazing. Angel Hands by Wendy Strain made me ball! Patterns by Katheryn J. Avila gave me chills. Another story I want to see the book for! And Portentous Passenger by David Wiley was a delight. I really want to see where that story goes.
This anthology was a great chance to see a host of writers share their works, and I found more than a few that I plan to keep my eyes on! If you're a fan of anthologies and like a mix of genres, I am sure you'll find a few favorites as well.
Then comes the dark and weird stuff. Mortal Guides gives personalities to the specter of death, while The Next Best Seller pokes a little bit of fun at the strain for perfection in an author's life. And Hair was straight-up fantastic in a terrible, creepy, horrifying, amazing way.
Near the end of the anthology is one of the best stories included. Angel Hands is the story of a man who has lost everything he was and everything he loved, and copes the only way he knows how: by pushing everyone away and becoming invisible.
I absolutely love the Lewis Carroll contributions and the fantasy ideals captured in each. The twist to the dark side had me on the edge of my seat, squinting in delightful fear, and catching my breath. My younger child enjoyed the YA directed stories, especially the Grim Klaus one with a dark take on Christmas. The speculative fiction and other genre mix adds a charm to the last pages of the book, ending it on a fun note and a whole new round of favorite authors.
I can't wait to read their next one!