- File Size: 3070 KB
- Print Length: 133 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 19, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MEHQOFQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,357,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.Adventures of Rocket Boy
*sigh* I am guilty of daydreaming romantic scenarios during the commute (who isn’t, tbh?) but I loved that Mousy Copywriter translated her daydreams into comics and that Rocket Boy turned out to be an actual hero outside her comic book panels. ;)
2. By Any Other
Now, while this is more into the YA Romance I usually read, it stands out because the romance is subtle but apparent, and the characters are well-rounded and fleshed-out in just a short stretch of the narrative. Its simplicity is what makes its emotions truer and closer to reality.
3. Just Jake
I’ve tweeted Chris about the audition part being reminiscent of a scene in a recent French Film called 'Blind Date’ but that’s where the similarities stop. The strangeness of the rest of the collection is not yet present here, but it tugs strong at heartstrings and I must commend Chris for making Tere three-dimensional from the very first lines to the twist in the end. There is a huge change for every character in this story but despite all this, Tere remained true to herself, even in confusing times when she was led to believe in one thing, but her heart calls for something else. (Argh. That’s a crappy review, but I don’t know how else to talk about this without revealing too much! :P )
4. A Rubbed Out Sky
I will not claim to have understood this one clearly even though I’ve already read it thrice. But at this point, I am in love with how Chris’ mind works. This veers more towards alternative genres than just romance, and makes the reader wonder how stranger will the rest of the stories be, while at the same time teasing them to read more.
5. Wired Differently
The carrier single, if this was a musical album. LOL. And I say that not because the whole collection is following its title, but more because I felt this story embodies the variety of genres prominent in this book. We got some spec fic, some mystery, some sci-fi element to it that balances quirky romance with dark satirical subtext. I don’t know exactly if those terms fully describe the vibes I got from reading it last weekend, but I loved it so much! And heads-up on the twist at the very end. It’s super satisfying!
The vivid imagery of the events unfolding in this short story is breathtaking! I loved that the girl named Cat was in total control of what she wanted and that her mystery caller is described vague enough to make the story peculiar, but not too weirdly that their underwhelmed romance is still believable.
I have to note that the last part got me confused a little. But maybe I just need to read it again, or get more familiarized with works similar to this story’s tone and themes. :)
7. The Memory Drug
Oh. My. Heart. This started off really lowkey and relatable (I loved the inclusion of regional bias in Philippine culture because I believe we are all guilty of this, at one point in our lives) and then proceeded to twist and turn my heart like it was wringing out a washcloth of emotions. And yes, a considerable amount of emotions were wrung out of me by the end of this unique story.
8. The Last Voyage of Maniwantiwan.
A sci-fi drama is what I would call this but that’s just me trying to simplify something that I feel cannot be fit into just one or two genres in its complexity. This is precious in the way that its written in the POV of someone with a huge responsibility to society (and humanity, even) whose very own humanity is not lost on her. The internal conflict presented within the protagonist, Mai, is enough to keep the story going, but Chris goes even deeper with her in the final choices she make and I absolutely cannot believe this story went around for a while and nobody saw its greatness.
4.5 of 5 Stars. My favorites are By Any Other and The Last Voyage of Maniwantiwan. I liked Chris’ Cover [Story] Girl which I read around this time last year, but I feel that this shows more of her writing prowess and remarkable story ideas. She is able to meld genre’s together seamlessly and it has encouraged me to add a bit more spec fics and sci-fi to my forever growing TBR list. I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology!
*This review first appeared on my blog: bentchcreates.tumblr.com