A buffet of science fiction tales in this Anthology 1 offers readers the opportunity to check out new authors without harming their pocketbook! There are several robot-type tales along with a mix of fantasy stories. Some tug the heartstrings more than others, yet all differ and offer unique perspectives. The first story was brutal! The writing style is fresh; and it is harsh. For this reason it jars the reader into reading the next story for solace.
People hear science fiction and routinely fail to realize how much emotion needs to be put into a quality story, especially when encountering a robot tale. In the next story the emotions of creator vs. the animated robot are pivotal in the final analysis. I enjoyed most of these tales, but my favorite is "A Wand's Tale." Not only were descriptive passages and knowledge of folklore valuable in this story, but so too is irony. In fact, most of these tales had hints of irony throughout as if the author knew something before the reader did, and in most cases this is true, especially in "Subsidence." If you like to golf or know someone who does, this tale is meant for you. I will never look at sand the same way again.
All these tales had substance and merit in them, which when mixed with truth and well-defined characters causes the reader to think of a smorgasbord (a buffet) where a little of everything is the rule. Each of these eight stories is a gem in and of itself from the beginning to the end.
Anthology I, The Novel Fox's first published anthology, features eight science fiction and fantasy short stories by authors Dominic Dulley, Gerri Leen, T.D. Edge, Rati Mehrotra, Shawn Scarber, Ernesto Pavan, Peter White, and Shane Halbach. With stories ranging from "Paying Old Debts," about a thoughtful sex robot assassin, to "A Wand's Tale," chronicling the short life of a sentient magic wand, to "Subsidence," which includes a horrific golf hazard, the stories of Anthology I are riveting from beginning to end. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.