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Normally not a sci-fi guy, but here and there I delve into it. I found this book because of Jacob Cooper. I love his fantasy books. Then, I saw several other big names. I loved Stephen Moss's fear saga. Richard Fox is well known for his military sci-fi, though I've never read one of his books. Ralph Kern appears to have some clout in the genre as well. I hadn't heard of the others, but I've found a new TBR/TBL list thanks to this anthology.
All the stories herein are unique. Ralph Kern opens the book and sets the stage with The Challenge. It was exceptionally well done, and I think the narration did a lot to convince me to keep with this. I'll review that separately, but the characters were genuine to me and I appreciate the voice talent. PP Corcoran's story was perhaps the most unique as it doesn't feature a wormhole, but it still a great short that showcases some skill. I won't go through each of them, but I will say my favorites were PJ Strebor's Flawed Perspective, Charlie Pulsipher's Webbed Prisms, Jacob Cooper's Anathema, and Stephen Palmer's A Second Infection. I really did enjoy Stephen Moss's story as well, though it felt too long. Surprisingly, I thought wouldn't like AI Deniers by Rosie Oliver. But her usage of a news caster to show a lot of what was happening "off paper" was clever.
Anathema (Jacob Cooper) and A Second Infection (Stephen Palmer) both have elements similar to each other. I guess I kind of liked the "sentience" idea of certain...things. Trying not to spoil much. Oh, and I really did LOVE the characters of Lost Colony (Josh Hayes), including that freakish sarcastic monkey (Michaelson's voice for him...yeah awesome), but the story ended a bit flat.
Many of these stories I would like to see expanded. Great beginning threads.
Overall, I'm rating this 5 stars. I think the stories on their own I'd give 4 stars as an aggregate, with the unsocial stories ranging from 3-5 stars. The reason for the 5 stars overall in Michaelson's performance. Even with some mediocre material he knocked it out of the park. Proof again that a narrator helps (or kills) an already good story. I swear the man has a vault of a thousand voices. Ive listened to a couple other of his performances, each very good.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I'm a fangirl of Charlie Pulsipher's Lost Shards series, and I went into this box set thinking it was going to be fantasy with sci-fi elements. I was happily surprised that the opposite was true. This was believable science fiction, along the lines of Felix Savage. All of the stories kind of flow from the same basic story, which gives this the feel of a kindle-worlds sort of gathering. The narrator was engaging, and the stories were all awesome, though the one about the 2nd moon was a bit confusing, at first. All around, five stars!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
GOOD VARIETY OF INTERESTING STORIES SET AROUND A CENTRAL THEME.GOOD INTERESTING NARRATION.WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS IN THE FUTURE.
As has been mentioned on the Amazon page for the written book, this anthology has some great stories in it, but also some that didn't measure up. I was expecting the wormholes to be a central part to the stories, but some seemed to throw it in as an afterthought. Overall it is a good anthology and worth a read. I would recommend getting the e-book.
The narrator, however, annoyed me. I found his tone and style off-putting and will try to avoid listening to something by him again. So I can't recommend the audiobook.