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All of the stories were highly enjoyable and engaging, though there were a couple of them that were hard to follow or were not very emphatic in making their point. As a result, some of the themes in these stories didn’t come across very clearly or just fell flat for me.
Despite the uncommon interpretations of the origination of individuals, people or a larger culture in these stories, the best part is how creatively these common themes are demonstrated in each of these stories and how they unite us all. No matter how we came to be, we are bound more by what we have in common than by what we don’t. Things like love of all kinds, our family that we’re blessed or cursed with by blood or by choice, how we even define what family means, friendship, faith, struggle, sacrifice, destiny, the capacity for good or for evil, the legacy we leave for our children and much more. All of this binds us together no matter who we are or where we are from. It’s all elegantly illustrated in each of these stories, collected into one wonderful anthology.
Please note that I was given an advance readers copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review.
IN THE PERIPHERY-Erica Ruhe
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POSEIDONS TEARS-E L Johnson
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SWIMMING WITH THE BEAVERS--Robert Allen Lupton
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THE TERRIBLE DISCOVERY OF PROFESSOR CHARLES COOPER--Jonathan Cromack
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LAST STAR--D L Orton
Another good sci-fi. Just strange enough to make you go hmmmm. Related to the characters enough that I wanted a happy ending and that's what a writer is supposed to achieve.
THE APPLE--Shebat Legion
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