When picking up an anthology of stories to read, there’s always a chance there’s a story in that book that the reader would not like. Some stories may strike the reader as extremely well-written, some may be awesome, and some may be thought-provoking. But there might be a story which doesn’t really pull the reader in. Or, maybe the story is written in a way that the reader doesn’t like. Then there’s the chance that the story may be too “boring” at the beginning, thus losing the reader’s interest.
And for the purposes of this review, two things must be shared: The book in the above case was the sci-fi anthology Reach for Infinity. And that reader was me, the reviewer.
I will not go so far as to call this anthology a “bad book.” Far from it. But, you see, there were stories in this book I tended to skip over. Some stories just didn’t grab me. They didn’t seem all that interesting. Or they were written in a way that I just don’t like reading stories.
But, you see, those are all personal misgivings about this book. It does not stand as the definitive analysis of such a collection of science fiction stories from some of today’s most respected writers. These are all just personal opinions, as any book review must be. I didn’t care for the book, but I didn’t hate it, either. There were some stories that I read from beginning to end. I cherished them. I loved them. I lauded them for their brilliance and creativity. They were GOOD! So, you see, while I didn’t like some stories in this anthology, there were some stories that I did like. Some that I would not hesitate to read again.
And that’s the reading experience one would expect from reading an anthology. Some stories may not fit the bill, while other stories will give a reader one of the most amazing reading ever. And for this reason, Reach for Infinity is certainly a book worth reading – if you love sci-fi. There’s something for everyone in there. Something for every reader. And when you find that gem you seek as you read this book, you’ll walk away from it seeing the world as you have never seen it before. The sci-fi writer attempts to recreate reality to push the idea that going out into the great beyond is not only possible, but rewarding in every way. And that’s what the good stories will give to you after you finish reading them. Read this book to find them. You won’t be disappointed.
An original collection of new short science fiction from the biggest and most exciting names in the genre. The latest in the Infinities collections edited and comissioned by multiple award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan.
What happens when humanity reaches out into the vastness of space? The brightest names in SF contribute new orginal fiction to this amazing anothology from master editor Jonathan Strahan. Including new work by Alastair Reynolds,Greg Egan,Ian McDonald, Ken Macleod, Pat Cadigan, Karl Schroeder, Hannu Rajaniemi, Karen Lord, Adam Roberts, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Aliette de Bodard Peter Watts, and others!