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So so...some fun to be had.
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2021
These are all authors I've never heard of before so I can't say I'm familiar with any of their previous works. Although all the stories are well written, very few really stand out to me save that their are a few hidden gems in the pages. Most of the stories lack enough exposition to make the reader really lose themselves in the storyline and feel an interest in what's happening to the characters. Plus, some end so abruptly that its shocking. An example is "Lycan Rising"... Interesting premise and set-up, but it literally just stops at the climax. Also, " The Picnic " is rather maddening, as is "Forsaken Gravitas" because although I often enjoy some ambiguousness in book and movie endings, I still have no clear idea what went on in these stories to conclude the way they did...However there are a few good stand outs like "End of the Line" and "Underground" that challenges your preconceptions with slightly twisty endings. "Spaceship Earth" is an interesting take on the far future of earth and humanity slightly reminiscent of the works of Stephen Baxter. "The Cataclysm" is probably my favorite in the collection as it's the story of an unlikely savior of Earth from an alien invasion that ends with an emotional gut punch because of how sympathetic the hero is. "Wasteland Wanderer" is standard zombie fair but depressingly entertaining anyway. "The Pit" is all too achingly horrific considering our current state of the covid pandemic , but a good read nonetheless. The few other stories in this collection are rather blasé but mildly entertaining to some degree. Your milage may vary depending on your apocalyptic interests. Overall,like most short story collections there are some good, some OK and some that just don't connect to the reader well. Either way, since these stories are all pretty short overall, they don't overstay their welcome and they are worth a read. But ,in my opinion, other than the outstanding "The Cataclysm" this is probably a book you won't come back to again and again. Still, I'd like to read more by a few of these authors and see what they're up to currently. Overall, still worth a read...