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- Print Length: 414 pages
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- Publisher: Xchlyer Publishing (January 31, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 31, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RU7SP9O
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Multi Author Anthology
This is a collection of many sub genres. It was a wonderful way to get a look into several different stories without the wait through hundreds of pages. You will get a look into fairy tale, fantasy, mythology and even a little steampunk.
Each one individual in that you might have a light easy read, or you be taken to another level of deep intrigue.
“Breath” by Jodi Milner
Fauna,is the main character in this wonderful story of fantasy. We get to delve into her world of confusion, love, and nurturing. You get a glimpse of her siblings struggle with supporting her without the understanding of the feelings that she deals with day to day.
“Phoenix” by Elise Stephens
This story is an emotional ride. The heartache of finding THE ONE, only to have her ripped away on their wedding day. Deciding against a suicide he finds another option. But what will the price of that decision be? Dark magic always has a price. Will he ever see her again?
“Life Under Research” by Thaxson Patterson II
“Can a bioweapon possess a soul and make choices to save humanity?” That is the question I read as looking at the Author blurb. And this story will have you asking the same thing. Is it possible to feel empathy towards a “monster”? I say yes. After reading this story I have to say the lines between good and not are a little thinner.
Scott Tarbet's "The Year of No Foals." Is well written and wonderfully engaging. Mr Tarbet is able to in my opinion write successfully from a female (young female at that) perspective. Rarely have I read one be as easily to follow as this. The story line is also well written and easy to follow and enjoy.
I am currently still reading this and re-reading some of the ones Ive already mentioned. I am not sure I was able to enjoy them to their fullest as I read. The other stories include Goblins, emotion, magical worlds and so much more. I cannot wait to finish this Anthology.
NOTE: The only reason I am giving this book a four out of five star rating is that I am still in the process of reading the book.
Here are some quick thoughts on each of the stories.
Breath: This story is soft and subtle, with a seamless blend of character and parable. The setting and fantasy world is rich and creative, a delicate fabric that perfectly suits the story.
Awareness: The beginning of this story was a bit tangled for me as I tried to decipher my way through the opening puzzle motif, but once my brain clued in, I found the story captivating. The narrative had a tense precision to it without losing its mystical undertone of fantasy and surrealism. And I loved the ending.
Phoenix: An excellent modern re-imaging of the Orpheus myth. The tragic quest, the juxtaposition of the contemporary world against mythology was all woven together in an well-crafted tapestry.
Life Under Research Conditions: This story leans more heavily into the sci-fi realm than fantasy, but it was a kick-ass story regardless. The first-person narration, from the point of view of the traditional “monster”, lent the story a different, sympathetic intimacy I enjoyed.
The Year of No Foals: This tale is the star of the book, with a charming, cozy allure that draws you in and never lets you go until the end. It has a sense of wonder and hope, built atop an undercurrent of heartbreak, and melds the fantasy seamlessly into the story.
Naoki No Yokai: This story was light on the fantasy elements, but I enjoyed its historical, slightly off-kilter world, and the mystery that unravelled. I did have a minor quibble, however. There were a few clever, modern in-jokes that peppered the story. While amusing and witty, they pulled me out of the narrative and marred the flow of the story for me.
Jilted River: Another quiet story, but one with much clout. It was a lovely blending of folktale, superstition, and family ties to create a beguiling narrative.
Tower Gods: This one reminded me a bit of an old fashioned boy’s adventure story, complete with giant robots and mystical mentors.
Reality As We Know It: This story was a very entertaining tale that twists the fantasy element a bit, turning the fantasy creatures into regular people, instead of the other way around. It has a spectacular voice and set of characters, and a sweet tone.
60 Seconds to Midnight: I found this one a engaging yarn with sci-fi and Lovecraftian overtones. The ending was a bit open-ended, though. I love to see a sequel to the story, or to have the tale expanded into a book.
Overall though, the book is a great read and I recommend it.
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