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Velvet Dreams Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07Q8W34G5
- Publication date : March 31, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 776 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 132 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,534,371 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“Peripheral Vision” offers an unsettling police investigation that ends up exposing reality to be broader and deeper than previously through. A nice twist ending at the end of it is just the cherry on top.
“The Swarm” takes us to a post apocalyptic alternate vision of our world and the scientists trying to save it. It’s particularly gruesome near the end, which is the perfect complement to the story.
“Secret Recipe” is very short and just good fun. It’s like a friend telling you a whimsical story at a party that keeps you chuckling the whole time and ends just when it needs to.
“The Late Dawn of a Solar Knight” offers a taste of Dosser doing a bit of sci-fi world building. It’s a simple, straight up buddy story within a mystery framework. Honestly, it hints at a world I wanted to see more of. It left me wanting more, in a good way. It even felt like it could be the first salvo of a series of fun short novels. Along with “Zero Sun Gain”, this is probably my favorite story in the collection.
While “First Bite” gives a simple set up for a fun twist ending, it also offers a timely critique the way men abuse women. It was an unexpected and welcome entry in the collection.
“Doggy Door”, much like “Secret Recipe”, is short and simple and fun. It comes off more like a fun yarn a friend might spin to entertain at a party. It’s humorous and enjoyable and knows exactly when to wrap up because the joke has been told. It’s not the most brilliant entry in this collection, but it’s maybe the most fun.
“Zero Sum Gain” is similar to Late Dawn of a Solar Knight. Along with that story, this is maybe my favorite in the collection. It’s suggests a larger world that Dosser has imagined and it left me hoping there’s a book somewhere in the future here. It’s got political intrigue, a relatable protagonist, and a story that that raises questions about a hot button issue of the day. It reminded me a bit of Asimov’s early Robots novels.
“iFriend” is short, to the point, and has a twist that is easy to see coming once you get all the pieces of the story. Dosser, however, manages to keep you from knowing all the pieces of the puzzle until a about a page before the end.
“I Dream of Tomorrow” is more straight up sci-fi fare. We follow the captain of s ship in serious distress. The tale is stressful, then heart breaking, then devastating, and then... well, you’ll see.
“Homecoming” was maybe the biggest surprise for me. While treading upon a well worn sci-fi story trail, he pretty sensitivity wraps you into a big social issue of the day and finds a way for the story to parallel it in a meaningful way. On a technical level, it may be his best story in this collection.
Dosser’s ten stories might not be cutting edge and they probably won’t be taught as the standard for sci-fi perfection any time soon. However, each and every one is enjoyable and manages to satisfy. And that is quite a lot.
"Peripheral Vision" shows all is not what it appears to be. I really enjoyed the ending.
"The Swarm" is an interesting and visual action tale with a weak ending.
"Secret Ending" is ultimately a horrifying and thought provoking tiny tale.
"Late Dawn of a Solar Knight" is an action version of a SciFi Pulp Western with a weak ending.
"First Bite" I puzzled a bit over the ending for quite a while and I still wonder just who the old lady was. But when I looked at the title again the ending basically made sense (except who the old lady was) and basically made a pretty good story. I got the feeling that the author tried to put too much action in this story just for the sake of action rather than the story line.
"Doggy Door" is an entertaining no frills Twilight Zone in the kitchen tale.
"Zero Sum Gain" is a brilliant action story. It's a new take on being an organ donor.
"iFriend" is Twilight Zone in a nutshell.
"I Dream of Tomorrow" is a well told space dilemma with 2 possible outcomes. This is one of my favorites.
"Homecoming" is a compelling well written story. It has good character development and imagery and a poignant thought provoking ending.
It's not a bad read. If you don't mind a book with a few short duds, you might enjoy this because there are some very good tales.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this ebook from the author and this is my honest and freely given opinion
I received a copy at no charge and am voluntarily leaving this review.