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- Print Length: 326 pages
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- Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (May 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00W4AE8XY
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Seanan McGuire is the award-winning and New York Times "bestselling author of two urban fantasy series, the InCryptid and the October Daye series. She also writes under the name Mira Grant. The winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2010, she was also the first woman to be nominated for four Hugo Awards in a single year.
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Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn opens the book, and while I know it won the Hugo (which doesn't mean much these days, sadly) it is by no means an excellent story, it is an okay to good story. And outside of my top three mentioned above, several of the others fall into that good or passable to good range. It's the clunkers that really sink this ship. And it isn't their quantity that is so appalling (though it's pretty high) it's their quality. Some of them aren't even stories. They're more epilogues to a book that never happened. Tananarive Due's story has no business being published anywhere. Hugh Howey's story a potential ditto. Robin Wasserman's and Charlie Jane Anders were decent until I realized they were going nowhere.
The concept here was solid. After the first volume, most of which I really liked, it began to decay. I think a part of the problem is baked into the subject matter itself: the end of the world is much easier to write about than what comes after. And with three volumes committed, you've got to fill those pages.
I wish I could say the whole collection is worth reading. I think many of the stories are absolutely worth reading, but really suffer for the bad ones. Collections in and of themselves are always going to be mixed, impossible not to be, so I always go into a collection knowing out right that I'm not going to like everything. A bad collection consists of mostly two star stories (out of five), with a handful of threes. A good collection is mostly threes with a handful of fours, maybe even five mixed in. I think The End Has Come is the first time I've read one with so many one star stories. And it honestly tainted my whole experience. Instead of picking it up and thinking 'looking forward to seeing how this next one is', I was dreading the experience. Sadly, I can't recommend it, which hurts to say because I have a ton of respect for JJA and so many of the authors represented.
As with the previous books, it's nice to see the stories wrapped up that are begun in book one and continued in book two. As with some of the others, there are intriguing one-shot stories that have the right context for inclusion in the book, but stand alone. And most of them do a fine job. I'm happy to report that Seanan McGuire's Spores story is nicely concluded, and there's even a nice bonus story that she writes as Mira Grant.
All in all, this is a nice wrap-up to the series. As was intended, the strongest stories, or the ones that resonate the most, are the ones that stick to the theme and continue from books 1-3. Though there are some stories that follow the thread in all three books, they don't necessarily stick to the theme exactly. Hugh Howey's Silo prequel story is one of them; the stories are great, but they don't technically follow the theme (really, just the 2nd story).
This was a pretty neat idea for an anthology series, and there are some really fun stories of the different types of apocalypsi: Medical, Science, Zombie, Asteroid, Alien Invasion, etc. Do yourself a favor and pick up all three books and enjoy the ride. And be thankful these aren't history books.
Top international reviews
It's well done, very well done. I heartily recommend all three books. Don't worry if you read them out of order as each story, though part of a triptych, can be read alone. I actually started with the second volume, then the first, and now the third.