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Future a mixed anthology
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2013
Purchased this title on kindle for it was only 3.99. Ok for that price but would not recommend otherwise. Half the stories are good- authors such as Ogawa- but the other half are not even worth the time to read. The stories range from futures in space to traditional horror (the ghost story being really good to read) but the overall reading experience is lackluster. Perhaps the editor will have better stories if there is another anthology. The breakdown- 1.Mono no Aware (3 stars) a lone Japanese survivor aboard American spaceship after asteroid destroys earth. 2.Sound of breaking up (3 stars) time travel mash up that is very confusing at first. 3.Chitai (3 stars) Teens in mecha vs alien threat, could have been longer to better explain things. 4.Indiffence engine (3 stars) tale set in war ravaged Africa by Japanese author Itoh. 5.Sea of Trees (4.5 stars) Japanese ghost story. Story 6,7 (2 stars each) skip read. 8.Golden Bread by Ogawa (4 stars) future Yamato space soldier in Kalifornia asteroid colony where Japanese traditions are the norm. Story 9,10 (1 star each) don't bother-junk. 11.Mountain people (2.5) 12.Goddess of mercy (3) but split Japan is nonsense. 13.A web browser that wants to eat the worlds digital books- 0 stars - waste of time!!