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It's a (perhaps cliché) but often apt truism, that you can't judge a book by it's cover. This definitely applies to Fiction River #31, Feel the Love. Each Fiction River collection of short stories is focused around a theme, and Feel the Love is, of course about love, be it familial, obsessive or romantic...
But don't let that scare you off. Feel the Love isn't a collection of mushy love stories, far from it. I'll have to confess, I had some trepidation about reading this one... and it was the very last book in the Fiction River stack that I read. But we can now say that this one is actually the best of the bunch. Think about it... love drives nearly everything we do, and we all have a passion or obsession with something, whether it's a person, a place, our vocation or avocation. It's true that the opposite of love is not hate... but apathy or disinterest, and this book also hits on this brilliantly. Fiction River Feel the Love has superhero tales, sci-fi stories and more, all set against the dramatic backdrop of love. Some of our faves were:
Frostwitch Versus the Ravages of Time Dayle A. Dermatis - A superhero love story? Feel the Love delivers this unique tale, showing a super-powered defender's love of her hometown.
The Secret of Catnip by Stefon Mears – Cats and love. They just go together.
Loving Abby by Angela Penrose – If you read nothing else in Feel the Love or the entire Fiction River collection, read this short story about a brave new colony of human settlers on an alien world... with a bizarre and horrifying twist. Sure, you may love your children... but do you love them enough? This one would've been right at home as a classic episode of the Twilight Zone or the Outer Limits. We loved this tale enough that we awarded it the rare status of reading it twice. A rarity, in this age where there's so much media to consume.
Be sure to 'Feel the Love,' in Fiction River's best offering yet.