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Empyrea and Other Stories Paperback – August 4, 2019
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A flower shop open only from dusk to dawn.A cult compound modified for post-apocalyptic survival.A refuge where the sun never rises.An alien adjusting to her new life on Earth.A free-spirited witch who teams up with a straight-laced detective.A thief whose quest for survival will alter the world.Find all this and more in fifteen speculative-fiction stories about finding beauty in chaos, strength in community, and humanity in the unexpected.
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- Publisher : Sky Forest Press (August 4, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 233 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1949665070
- ISBN-13 : 978-1949665079
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.53 x 8 inches
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Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2020
Carrie Gessner has fast become one of my favorite authors. Full disclosure, she is an internet friend of mine, but I admired her as an author long before we became friends. This is a collection of her short stories, some of which have been previously published in magazines and other collections. They are Sci-Fi and fantasy generally, but they deal with larger questions of life, morality, and humanity (or the lack of it). Many contain a small twist to thwart the reader's expectations. All are written to a very high standard. "Moon Flowers" is a call back to "The Twilight Zone". "The Bleeding Heart" balances love against ambition. "A Whisper From the Waves" and "Empyrea" speak to spousal abuse. "The Planet of Purple Forests" deals with the us versus them attitude so prevalent throughout history and the inevitable consequences it inspires. Some of these feel like they could be expanded into full novels. I would welcome the further adventures of Ryn and Nettie. (Just an aside my Grandmother's name was Nettie). Ryn grows so much in "Lonesome" it would be fascinating to see where she would go in the future. Or to see how the relationship develops between Ainsley Devereux and Detective Tempest of "Steeping Magic" Whatever Carrie turns her voice to next, I will be reading it. You should be too.
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