Review: Underneath: Short Tales of Horror and the Supernatural by Dan DeWitt

Underneath: Short Tales of Horror and the SupernaturalUnderneath: Short Tales of Horror and the Supernatural by Dan DeWitt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Usually I find it hard to rate a short story collection because the quality of the stories varies so much. This was an easy, solid 4 star. There are couple I’d rate a 3, a few I’d rate a 5, and the rest are 4 star. These are also “real” short stories at lengths of 1,500 to 4,000 words. I’ve been running into a lot of “short stories” lately that turned out to be novella length so this collection was very refreshing.

I’m a big monster fan so zombies are right up my alley. If you’re not a zombie fan, this book is not for you. If you are a fan, this collection is definitely worth the read.

My review of Orpheus by Dan DeWitt.

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Review: Red Rain by Aubrey Hansen

Red RainRed Rain by Aubrey Hansen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book which is actually a novella at approximately 35,000 words. It is one of the most intriguing books I’ve read in a while. I had to set it aside for a couple of days because of my schedule and found I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Usually under circumstances like this I would keep reading a book in bits and pieces but with this one I wanted to save it until I could give it my full concentration.

In addition to an engaging storyline, there are a couple of interesting themes running through Red Rain. One is that the ultimate separation of church and state has occurred and any who refuse to renounce their religion are forced to live in internment camps. The other is that the internet is a global, cloud-based network and it’s illegal to have a device that is not connected to the cloud.

I would have liked to have seen this story be rounded out to full book length. There were a number of aspects that could have been explored more fully without adding fluff. The ending in particular seemed a little bit rushed, although perhaps I was just sorry to see it end. 😉

Not only are there print and ebook versions of Red Rain, but it is also available in audiobook format. The audiobook is available for free until the end of October 2011 from Aubrey’s website. Red Rain Audiobook. As of this posting, up to Chapter 9 is available (which is a little over halfway through the book) and a new chapter is released two to three times a week. The audiobook is narrated by Grace Pennington. Grace has a very pleasant voice and I’ve listened to the chapters available so far a couple of times even though I had already read the book.

Book description:
“When the government allows her to accompany her father to Mars, 17-year-old Philadelphia knows she must keep her head down or be sent back to Earth. But when a search for her deceased brother’s belongings leads her into a hallway that isn’t supposed to exist, Philadelphia is faced with a question she doesn’t want to answer – the choice between returning to Earth or destroying it.”

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Red Rain by Aubrey Hansen

Red Rain Audiobook

Red Rain is now available as an audiobook and Aubrey Hansen is releasing a new chapter on her website every few days. She is offering them free until October 31, 2011. Chapter 2 was released yesterday.

http://www.aubreyhansen.com/p/audiobooks.html

I confess, I’m impatient and bought the book (a novella). I’m about halfway done reading and really enjoying it! Look for a review in a few days.

Review: The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin

The Cold EquationsThe Cold Equations by Tom Godwin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an excellent collection of good old-fashioned science-fiction stories. Rarely have I come across a short story collection where I have enjoyed every story but this is one of them. They are mostly stories of survival and humanity’s triumph over adversity. I particularly enjoyed the first story (more of a novella) and the last story.

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