Of all the sports played across the globe, none has more curses, superstitions, or supernatural events like baseball, America's national pastime. While some of these can easily be explained, there are just as many that cannot. Field of Fantasies delves right into that superstition with short stories written by several key authors about baseball and the supernatural. Whether it's a frozen curveball, a robot pitcher, or fantasy outcomes (the Cubs winning the World Series!), these terrific stories are ones that fans of science fiction will enjoy, while fans of baseball will find strangely believable. Included in this wonderful anthology are stories from such prolific authors as: Stephen King, Jack Kerouac, Karen Joy Fowler, Rod Serling, W. P. Kinsella, and many more!
Never has a book combined the incredible events of baseball and science fiction like Field of Fantasies does. Whether you're a sport or science fiction fan, these stories will appeal not only to your fandom, but also to your appreciation and acceptance of the unknown taking place on the baseball diamond. If you've ever held a bat or glove in your hand (or just watched the game on TV), you'll be enthralled by these terrific tales that range from the sandlot to the sold-out stadium.
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The different views of the national pasttime is fun to listen to. Some of the stories have a small glimpse of baseball while others tell a story that makes you long for Spring Training to start back up. I enjoy the alternate universe timeline stories, especially those where Fidel Castro decides to play baseball instead of heading back to Cuba (there's 3.) Some of these stories had me laughing while others had me thinking deeply about the game and its effects on people, including myself.
There are several narrators which switch from story to story. With the change of narrators, it makes it easier to tell where one story ends and another begins.
The bite-size stories made it easy to end when I needed to and start back up not feeling like I needed to catch back up to where I was. I didn't feel like I needed to listen to it all at once but enjoyed the time that I did listen to it.
Some of the stories of fantasy are a little on the strange side while others are way out in left field. We get to play baseball on Mars, with long-dead authors, robots and world leaders, and watch the game through the eyes of someone who knows what's going to happen before it does. It is a fun read that will get you geared up for the ball game even if something really weird happens that makes it impossible to continue playing it here.
- Tony E.