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90 Minutes to Live: JournalStone's 2011 Warped Words

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This was an overall good selection. There were a couple "meh" stories but I enjoyed the remainder. As a general rule- it follows the standard short stories collection where a few are fantastic, most are good and just a couple have to be trudged through.The concept of giving two ideas that all the stories had to incorporate worked well- this meant that there was no specific genre but the authors had to get creative in order for their stories to qualify.All in all- a good read.
Void

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This was a bit off the normal reading style for me. I'm still not quite sure what genre it would classify as either. I did "enjoy" the book - if one can enjoy such a book. I thought it was thoughtful and gave an interesting viewpoint into what a coma might possibly be like. The pace worked very well even though it was unusual- but in a coma time very well could cease to exist. It was a good effort by the author to tackle what is a very atypical story- quick read and worth the effort.
Breed: A Novel

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I enjoyed the story. It was a nice mad scientist kind of story. I did feel like there was a bit too much cat and mouse and would have preferred more in the way of exactly what happened to them but it didn't detract from the story too long.My one big complaint was that this story was prefect for an epilogue- which was not written. I'd really like to know the full consequences of what happens to the children.Good read- a bit of a different change of pace to the normal horror style- especially what happens to the mother.
Perdida

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A fairly long book but a very fast read. Once you get into the characters the reading just flies by and you are tempted to skip ahead to find out what is happening. I enjoyed the unusual style of having two first person points of views. I also have to admit that I didn't spot the clues provided.One character was such a vile human that I just loved to hate them- well done for the author to provoke such animosity in a fictional (hopefully) character.Its worth the read but the ending may have you reeling.
Spindown

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This was a riveting story. It was well written and had multiple facets of philosophy thrown in. How would you describe freedom to someone who has no concept of family or state or of even basic relationships? This book tackles this question. Its not an easy path but the short answer would have to be: You can only be free if you desire it and even then true freedom is not completely attainable.This story had me up a few late nights wanting to know what would happen next. There was a nice touch that the author provided which was the glossary of terms. I understand some were not happy with the placement of it at the end but since I flipped through the table of contents I was aware of it from the beginning. About midway through I scanned through and found it added to my fascination with the characters and their world. I did find missing the worker types - not sure why as even though some were described in the story - not all were.The only issues I had was the difficulty in visualizing some of the scenes. I would have like (and this is just a wish not a requirement) to have seen some diagrams of the scanners and of the locations (or station if you will). I think this would have enhanced my enjoyment.That said - I skimmed over those parts to get to the meat of the plot. I also was bittersweet about the ending. I don't think there was any other way to end it - but that doesn't mean I liked it.All in all- worth picking up if you enjoy sci-fi with philosophy thrown in.Many days to you, good reader, many days to you.
Windeye

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Usually when there is a collection of works I always find at least a few of the works to be under par. Not so with the little book of weird gems. I enjoyed all the stories even though some had me scratching my head a bit at the end. If you enjoy the strange and disharmonious tales that sometime leave the story open-ended then this would be a nice addition to your library.
Special Dead

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To be completely honest - I did not realize this was the second book in a series when I requested a copy. Had I known that I may not have requested it as I usually like to read a series in order.However, since I did request it, I went ahead and read it and while the book was OK I realize that I might have liked it better if I had read the first book beforehand.Taking all that into consideration - here is what I thought. I liked the premise although it take a little bit for me to realize what happened in the first book to be caught up. The characters kinda blurred together until I was about midway through. That is also when the pace picked up a bit better and the meat of the plot really gets going.I found it hard to wrap my head around the mother/daughter dichotomy - again this may be better explained int he first book - and just had trouble relating to the main character on a personal level. I did like the ending and thought it was well planned. So the first half of the book gets 1 star and the second half gets 4 stars for an average of 3 stars.I would recommend reading the first book before tucking into this one as you'll at least know the players and the personalities much better.
Limbus, Inc.

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What a clever way to produce an anthology. I enjoyed the shared plot line while having very individual and unique stories.All stories were captivating, interesting and well written.I like how all of them were tied together by the common theme of the employment agency but each author made it their own. No similarities except for the common theme and genre of science fiction (with a tad bit of thriller/horror mix). A couple stories I could see where they were heading but still enjoyed the ride.Recommended for those who enjoy a Sci-Fi horror blend.Nicely done! 5 stars.
Seasons of Insanity

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As with most compilations there are standout stories and there are mediocre stories. This compilation had its share of both. It also had a few stories that just seemed bizarre and I wasn't quite sure what to make of them.All the stories left things open ended to some degree. The ones I "enjoyed" or rather found the creepiest were:“Cuddly Toys”, “Fighting the Flab”, “The Miracle Tree”, “Promising Futures” and “Welcome to the Machine”. You are warned - Fighting the flab almost made me physically ill- I had to stop reading for a few minutes as it made me cringe so badly- do not read while enjoying a meal.The ones that didn't quite add up for me were:“He Who Picks the Bones”, “The Town on the River” and “Bugs”.I'm sure others will have their favorites. All in all- its a pretty good collection and worth a picking up.
Night Terrors Anthology

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Good collection of horror style stories. Only a couple were off the standard which is really good for an anthology. I think my favorite had to be the "Lucky Penny" story simply because I didn't see it coming. But there were several more that I thoroughly enjoyed. Most horror fans would enjoy read and there seems to be something for everyone.
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