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END An Apocalyptic Anthology

Review

9/10

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END features stories about the end of the world from indie publishing’s rising stars. The Mayan Calendar ends on December 21st, 2012, and some people believe that heralds apocalypse. What better way to go out than with a collection of shocking, thrilling, and sexy stories?

La Breithe by Kendall Grey

Great story, very intriguing and stellar ending.

Last Night in Vegas by Amelia James

Steamy and witty. Greatly written and quite enjoyable. The only story that has an erotic and romance theme to it. Yet this story was much more than just another erotic story, it was a tale of starting over, starting anew when the world is at an end.

A Starshot in Hell by Angela Kulig

Short and confusing due to its unexpected length. Had hoped it would have been longer. There was so much left unanswered.

Whimper by Morgan McCoy

More confusing due to the manner it was written. A combination of memories expressed as flashbacks and short story segments that slowly start to form the interesting story the synopsis promised. If you can get past the style, there is much to grasp.

Destroyer of Worlds by Dennis Sharpe

Long but well worth the read. Great stir of emotions and heart-wrenching. It did leave me wondering if I should lick a penny to find out how it tastes.

Such Sinners We Are by Ron Vitale

This story was written in a form of a letter so it didn’t leave much room for ‘show don’t tell’. I wish it had been broken into segments, showing some action and description of what the sister was thinking while reading the letter. Interesting story, really enjoyed how he portrayed the villains.


Hope you enjoyed this review, the layout was a little different since it was an anthology. Great read and a pretty good collection of stories from authors I hadn’t heard of. Looking forward to reading more of their works.

The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide by John McNally is next.

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Write-a-Thon Conclusion

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I apologize for the lateness of this entry. Didn’t have the chance to post a report on the goals met and the results of the Write-a-Thon until today.

Goals:

  • Attend the Twitter Chat on Wednesday
  • Attend the second Writing Sprint on Saturday
  • Finish the last two chapters of season two of The Five Kingdoms of Severi: Book One
  • Write outline for season three of The Five Kingdoms of Severi
  • Finish the sixth chapter of my Merlin fan fiction, Unraveled Destiny (currently 457words)
  • Write first draft for my erotica short story, Sexual Therapy

 

I was only able to complete three of my goals and two of the challenges. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and not to mention I won a copy of Mechanized Masterpieces: a Steampunk Anthology.

anthologyAmid a cacophony of cranking sprockets and cogs, in chuffs of steam and soot, comes the expansion of classic literature into alternative Steampunk masterpieces. Follow nine skilled authors as they lead old friends and new acquaintances through Jamaica, Singapore, Cape Town, Denmark, Paris, London, and Geneva on a phantasmagorical Steampunk World Tour.

Tropic of Cancer: Edward Rochester battles the elements and Bertha Mason to save his brother and his own soul.

Sense and Cyborgs: Privateer Margaret Dashwood makes port at Singapore to get her husband back on his feet.

Micawber and Copperfield: Wilkins Micawber and David Copperfield create a legacy of loyalty in the Royal Dirigible Corps.

Little Boiler Girl: Power has a price, and one city unwittingly demands an enslaved child pay it.

The Clockwork Ballet: At the Palais Garnier, the Phantom trips the light fantastic with Meg Giry, the prima ballerina of his mechanical troupe.

His Frozen Heart: Jacob Marley saves Ebenezer Scrooge from robbing his wife’s grave and selling his soul.

Our Man Fred: Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, and his fiancé, Mary, protect the Empire from mechanized malfeasance.

Lavenza, or the Modern Galatea: Victor Frankenstein’s bride discovers more than his horrific experiments on her wedding day

 

I look forward to reading it. And don’t forget November is right around the corner and so is NANOWRIMO.