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Such a fun theme, and such a wildly eclectic group of stories. The wide range here shows every possible approach, from mystery to noir, to Star Trek-esque utopianism, horror, action adventure, planetary sci-fi, pulp, mil sci fi, nerd wish fulfillment, the works. Now, it does get a little old after a while, especially on the meme and nerd-culture centric stories (I mean you can only do so much with Naruto runners, Jules, Chads, and Karens). There was only one story I thought badly written enough that I couldn't finish it. Sarah Hoyt's story was fun, as was Casey Moore's and other military veteran authors who did a much better job of getting the details right than others. The best stories in this really capture a great "Tales from the Darkside" vibe, ranging to "Tales from the Crypt" downstream to "Goosebumps" or "The Outer Limits" in tone and style. Like I said, lots of fun, and a good "alternate take' on one of the strangest social phenomena of my lifetime!
While the guards stopped most of the people trying to get into Area 51, obviously a few of these guys made it in. Thoroughly enjoyable with a wide range of talented writers giving their take on what is out there. Even though the book is very large and might look a little daunting, there are a lot of different stories included, with different styles of writing, to keep you invested in it. Definitely worth the read!! Well done!!!
My wife got me this to get me back into reading. Like a good person, I listened and decided to read a few stories where the title piqued my interest. Soon, I was reading all the stories. To my wife's happiness, I like this stuff.
There's over 900 pages in this anthology and it's packed full of great stories. Plenty of established authors have contributed as well. There is lots and lots of great content from thirty-five different works. Definitely a value for your money!
A book that appears on the same date, 9/20/19, as 1,000,000 people were supposed to storm Area 51 (according to the news about 50 actually showed up) has all of the hallmarks of being a ripoff full of crappy stories; instead it contains some pretty creative short stories all pertaining to said event.
I was impressed that this was put together and delivered in such a timely manner. It’s a lot of reading at a fair price. Yes there are a couple of misses but they are overwhelmed by the good ones. Enjoy!
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2019
Thirty-five stories that run the gamut from Alien abductions to collegiate D&D romances. There's even a naruto themed Limerick of sorts. The e-book was great and I may have to pick up a print version as well. Five Stars of alien fun!!
Like most anthologies, this has many good stories, a few great ones, and some not so good. Or I should say, not my cup of tea.
The meme about Storming Area 51 inspired this. Among my favorites are Daniel Medrano’s “Hey, Sweetie” and Michael J Allen’s “Crashing the Party”. “Area 51 is Not Enough” by Declan Finn is right up there as well, along with “Evan and Kyle Meet the Survey Cube” by Joshua M. Young and a lot of others.
This is a hefty anthology with 35 stories. There really is something for everyone.