I received this from NetGalley as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Quickie Review: 4/5 on GoodReads.
This is a collection of Sci-Fi and Fantasy stories from amazing, well-known (some not so much but still very strong writers) authors and each one is captivating and interesting and very fun to read! The artwork is breath-taking as well! Anyone that just wants to be thrown into SF/Fantasy stories but with all the boring parts cut out and get all the main juicy parts, then definitely get this!
Just like the last short story collection, I will list all the stories, maybe just say what it’s genre is, my thoughts on it and anything underlined was a solid favourite and loved one from me!
Another Range of Mountains: Fantasy surrounding a kidnapping and a painter who can see stories in reflections. Strong female lead, there’s a twist, a chase, a bit of romance. Loved it!!
Shifter: Fantasy. A man who can change his appearance just by writing a different one. The dialect/dialogue was sometimes hard to read but made it authentic.
Beneath the Surface of Two Kills: Fantasy; hunting an wild animal. A little confusing at the end there and to be honest, I thought it was a female lead for half of the story! My miss there. Not sure whether this was actually urban fantasy or epic fantasy. Liked the hunt part of the story though.
Artistic Presentation: Discussion about the book itself.
Beyond All Weapons: SF; new earth story. This has such an epic ending! It hit me with a bang at least!
Animal: SF about saving the animals of the planet and mixing and messing with human and animal DNA.
Rainbows for Other Days: SF; The world is full of radiation. A part robot, part humanity thing works nearby to sort help his part of the world and one day comes across a human girl. The ending was like; so where is she?!
Giants at the End of the World: Fantasy; Travelling to the end of the world and Giants on the way!
…And Now Thirty: Another discussion/essay thing.
Carousel: Fantasy; now while I’ve heard very bad things about the author, you can’t deny Orson Scott Cards writing abilities! Great story, rather humorous and about life where living humans live and can see ghosts.
The Clouds in Her Eyes: Fantasy/Dystopian; A girl who finds her true power! Also there is an imaginary boat and a beautiful piece of artwork too! I wouldn’t like to eat a sparker though – ew!!
What Moves the Sun and Other Stars: SF; robot and a man trying to escape a dark, dangerous land. Probably one of two stories in this book that I just didn’t buy and/or couldn’t fully get into. It was rather confusing and couldn’t really imagine what things looked like but it was interesting never the less, just not my type. The artwork I felt didn’t match either. Also, I actually noticed some spelling mistakes in this story =/
Long Jump: SF; a jump gone wrong. A man who threw away his chance and is left in an awful end.
These Walls of Despair: Fantasy; A little confusing but is about a man who can mix things to create emotions. The backdrop is also a criminal trial which was interesting and when he went out to discover something was haunting and wonderful.
Synaptic Soup: Another essay/discussion.
Robots Don’t Cry: SF; Beautifully bittersweet! A story about a robot and that is all I’m gunna say. O the feels!!
The Shaadi Exile: Fantasy; An Asian twist on Sci-Fi which is a nice refreshing thing to read about! =] This story confused me at time but still was a touching read. Also has the theme of arranged marriages but across millions of light years of time!
The Pushbike Legion: Sci-Fi; Took me a while to get into it and didn’t fully like it either. I loved the mystery of this desert ‘thing’ and the fact it was set in England and the tech part was enjoyable also. I loved the growth of the main character who was like transitioning from boy to man.
Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask: Sci-Fi; About memory exchange and the law. It was short and sweet and interesting.
Negatives: I wish the balance of SF to Fantasy had been equal (it was mainly Sci-Fi) and there were two or three stories I couldn’t completely believe in but none-the-less enjoyed! Final note; there are two/three like essay/discussion things in there that just didn’t interest me and we placed in random place, maybe if it had been at the beginning or the end as a sort of ‘How this book was made’ section or something.