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Quirky Surprises 23. September 2012
Von Chuck Regan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I wasn't sure what to expect from this batch of short stories, but I walked away from it pretty damn impressed. Mostly Spec Fic -- there are a couple entries that didn't pull me in as much as I had hoped. There are more than a couple gems that stood out to reassure me that there is some good stuff happening in the indie press world.

SIXTEEN DOWN - took an old trope and turned it sideways. A sharp-witted tale about a game with Death. (****)

MILLION DOLLAR CLUB - an insidious little story about paying attention to the fine print in a contract. The fact that it is written by a lawyer makes it extra creepy. (****)

TUNNEL VISION - I've had days like that. (don't want to give any spoilers.) (***)

THE DRYING - a daring allegory with some powerful imagery about mechanical steam-powered people. Not sure if all of it works (why would machines have sex?) but it was very imaginative. (****)

THE LIVING - I felt a little cheated, because it reminded me of a Twilight Zone episode about mannequins, but the ride up to the reveal was a little rocky. (**)

WALK KNOCK - this Gothic horror story resonates with some realism - inspired by a story told by the author's grandmother, parts of it feel genuine (***)

URSUS AMERICANUS - one of my two favorites from this collection. Even though the Spec Fic elements feel 'plugged in' (could work fine without the AI police dispatcher), the story has strong characters -- truly satisfying. (*****)

BENEATH THE SKIN- when your alien lover betrays you, he REALLY betrays you, but love could still be salvaged. Wow. (****)

EN PLEIN AIR - I felt as though the ending was rushed, but the story was well-crafted - a painting class in the post-apocalypse takes a field trip. (****)

BEHIND FAMILY LINES - this story should not be in this collection, as there are no Spec Fic elements in it at all, but DAMN if it wasn't my favorite. Great characters in real settings having real emotions. Imagine that! (*****)
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An excellent, wide-ranging collection 28. September 2012
Von Ryan Sayles - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This collection bounces effortlessly from one genre to the next, each story standing on its own and complimenting those around it. I enjoyed how one story was Sci Fi and the next was horror. Throw in some words about the evils that lawyers do and you have this book. I read it because I am a fan of Brian Panowich. Since this is the only place to get his story Sixteen Down, well, I had no choice, right? Glad I did. Panowich opens the collection on a high mark; a young man defies Death himself in order to reclaim his lost girl. The end made me cheer out loud. I see why it was the grand prize winner.

The other stories kept my attention and were thoroughly enjoyable. The Drying was a cool, slick story that didn't explain anything. Rather, it just put you in the situation and you lived it. Walk Knock was a cool, easy horror story that had a down home narrative and hinted at some terrible stuff. The situation in The Million Dollar Club just kept getting worse and worse, which became addictive.

The editors at Evolved Publishing gathered some damn good stuff under their banner here. If they keep putting out collections like this, they're going to be just fine.
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Literate again... 30. September 2012
Von Ruth Palmer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I have found it increasingly difficult to make time to enjoy a full-length novel, however when I decided to create a reading window for the occasional novelette after downloading Evolution: Vol. 2, I ended up reading the whole, brilliant collection in one sitting.
I must say that David Ballard's Million Dollar Club resonated with me, and kept me scanning the written, abstract signs ahead, forcing my brain to play catch up. With each scene that played out, I felt David's victims of so much more than circumstance, were unwittingly wading deeper and deeper into chum-strewn, shark-infested waters. David's sinister portrayal of loss, competition, and ultimate greed is laced with intrigue combined with preternatural ebb and sway that allows a reader to formulate some of their own conclusions.
And each would be correct, hence the satisfaction.
Additionally, The Drying is worth mentioning, with its bizarre, other worldly feel. The emotion displayed through the unblinking eyes of characters that should have no soul, left me feeling as if I had stepped through a tear between our dimension and another long after reading the last line.
Props to Evolution Vol. 2 for bringing me once again into the printed land of the living.

Ruthie Toombs
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GREAT Short Stories for someone on the go 30. September 2012
Von pwindsinspirations - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Riding on the buss, train or in a carpool? These short stories are just what you need. Each one is well written, from many genera. Something for everyone, more than one really. I enjoyed everyone. Others have mentioned what the stores are about. I want to tell you they are all well written,and mention only a couple. The story of the Lawyer is not a horror story, but it is frightening!

Lane Diamond...wow... Ever wish for something you desperately want? Feel it is the only true way you could be happy? Admit it. We all have. Me? NOT so much now! The writing is flawless, and keeps you wondering what is going on with the character till his wish comes true.

I enjoyed the first book of this series very much and this one will not let you down.
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Short on Quantity...Long on Quality... 29. September 2012
Von John Cannon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I will have to admit first that since my days of checking out stacks of fiction (mostly science) from the library as a child, my reading preferences have leaned more towards non-fiction most especially biographies and history-related books. With a busy schedule and short attention span, short story collections have become my best chance to check out fiction on a semi-regular basis. Evolution: Vol.2 is not only the perfect carry along collection for readers on the go, but reader's period. The writers in this collection all have a unique ability to fill a small space with a lot of story goodness. My favorite short stories are those with that "twist" and I found those here in spades. Out of all the stories only "The Million Dollar Club" left me feeling incomplete but still not uninterested. While it is hard to find favorites in a short list of great stories, "Tunnel Vision" and "Walk Knock" were two stories that pulled me in partly due to one being familiar ground and the other a bit dark yet somewhat realistic feeling. Overall my favorite was contest winner "Sixteen Down" which took similar ideas found in holidays favorites such as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" and sculped them into a story that stands on its own. On one hand the idea of Death in the guise of a pale teenager named Gary sounds absurd but the character explains the reasoning well without pulling a big "ho hum" out of the reader. And the twists got me good.

I am not a full blown reader of fiction. But this great collection of stories makes me wish for Pt. 1...and other stories by the authors found here. In my opinion, it should be considered a sin that such a collection can be bought for so cheap. It is worth at least double the average online price.
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