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This was a terrific ensemble of short apocalyptic visions! I have read After the Fall and Dystopian Worlds by the same publisher and was happy with those as well. If you like apocalyptic short stories then grab this anthology. I just wish some of the of the stories were longer! Especially The Librarian, i would love to see that one expanded further.
Superb collection of short stories of dystopian fiction. For me, 'Before the Crack' alone is worth the purchase price. An unexplained crack in the sky is destroying Earth... and all people want to do is watch TV. The nature of the crack is never revealed, a black hole of man's own making? God's wrath? Realities/Universes colliding? The narrator's solipsism is a stark counterpoint to the horror unfolding just outside his window and is a clever take on how people are so obsessed with reality television and soaps and ignore the bigger issues in the world. The fact people complained about pre-recorded Jeremy Kyle was cancelled so ITV could cover the horrific bombings in Belgium so how little people do care about what is happening out there.
Not my usual genre but I purchased the anthology because it was recommended by a friend. I'm glad I did. There are some dark but interesting and well-written stories in here. I particularly liked Something to Tell Jessie and Bring-your-kid-to-work Day. An anthology is a great place to start if you want to try a new genre. Apocalypse Chronicles: Apocalyptic / Post-apocalyptic / Dystopian Short Stories (Apocalypse / Dystopia Anthology Book 3)
Just read this short story. Absolutely fabulous, was transported to a different realm. The authors evocative writing created pictures of the characters and scenery in my mind. Looking forward to reading more forthcoming stories from thos talented author.
Nonostante alcuni racconti risultino forse un po’ troppo ‘intimisti’ per i miei gusti, nel complesso è un’antologia di buon valore, una parata di nuovi talenti che si uniscono per offrire quante più diverse prospettive possibili, senza cercare di copiarsi l’un l’altro, soprattutto senza cercare di saccheggiare quanto già pubblicato in questa cupa branca della narrativa. Il mondo può finire in tanti modi, a volte non c’è scampo, a volte il prezzo della sopravvivenza è terribile, a volte è solo come vogliamo affrontare il cambiamento…di sicuro, in molte occasioni c’è da rimanere col fiato sospeso di fronte allo spettacolo che non vorremmo mai veder succedere per davvero, ma che mai perde il suo sinistro fascino…