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Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: Omnibus No. 1 Kindle Edition
This Omnibus edition of Tales from the Canyons of the Damned consists of Eighteen sharp, suspenseful, thought provoking short stories - from Nine of todays top speculative fiction writers.
Dark Sci Fi Slipstream Tales like you've never read before.
From the Author
- ASIN : B01HWU87EG
- Publisher : Holt Smith Ltd (July 2, 2016)
- Publication date : July 2, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 952 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 165 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #729,921 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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• Jason Anspach's "Ledge Town" is the standout story of the entire collection. Decently written, with some good worldbuilding and a nice twist at the end.
• Honorable mentions include S. Elliot Brandis's "Bloom" and Will Swardstrom's "Razor", the latter of which is genuinely creepy. Good stuff.
• The collection unfortunately ends on the worst of the batch, Bob Williams's "Magenta", which is poorly written, poorly edited (including missing words, repeated words, and inconsistently-spelled names) and just altogether cringe-worthy—though the seed at the heart of the story is a decent one.
I got it for $3 on Kindle, which feels maybe a little high, but I guess not unreasonable, considering I'd pay that much to buy the three stories I liked individually (which can be found in the third, fourth, and fifth issues, respectively.)
It appears to me that Daniel Arthur Smith is a pioneer in this realm. The format of the 'Canyons of the Damned' books are akin to how Tor-dot-com as well as other online magazines - and some from brick and mortar stores - produce mags often titled "Best Of" as a specialty magazine or book to acknowledge or draw attention to some of the best from within their past published books. While some of these may be found in other anthologies or as stories published by the authors, many are new to this series or are a continuation of a story by the individual author.
While it would be near-to-impossible to satisfy all the readers all of the time, no matter what book is being read, this may be substantially most truthful when reading an anthology. Even with that truth, I believe anyone who loves Flash Fiction/Slipstream Fiction, and Science Fiction Magazines will find stories within these volumes that tickle their fancy. I have found that almost all of the stories within this Omnibus helped to pass time in an enjoyable fashion. I can't complain; the slim few I didn't enjoy as much as the others are some that may prove to be the next reader's favorite in the bunch. I plan on continuing to read these stories, they have filled a void in my life that I hadn't even known existed until I read the first book.