Tis the season of the mid season finale and Sleepy Hollow has given its fans a two parter with a splendid twist and the death of a character. It does feel a little like the show is suffering from The Walking Dead disease of exterminating a favorite character, but in this Fox series they have chosen to take out a member of the cast who has had little to do this season. This quirky show does not have quite the same emotional impact on its viewers that TWD does though, it does have a much more comic feel to it and dead does not mean quite the same thing in this verse. But comedy first…
This science fiction anthology has tales from 17 different authors and despite the stories all being unique and interesting; not to mention very entertaining, they have one thing in common.
They indicate a future that makes 1984 and “big brother” seem almost benevolent by comparison. Each offer a vision of an Apollonian society gone wrong, tweaked and perfected until it has gone into a Dionysian free fall.
Smilers by Carolyn M Chang reflects a society that practises positive thinking to the ultimate level.
Cracks in the Concrete by Frank Roger tells of a government that has become paranoid and expects its denizens to be the same.
First Head by H S Donnelly is a nightmarish look at self-preservation gone horribly wrong.
These are just three examples of the brilliant stories in this collection.
If you are a fan of science fiction you’ll love this book. Each author has given his or her take on the future and all the various problems and societal ills that it might contain. Each story takes existing topical problems and forecasts their conclusions in the future.
I have always been a fan of Harlan Ellison, Larry Niven, Ray Bradbury and Issac Asimov, just to name my absolute favourites. Perfect Flaw exhibits a great spectrum of authors who now fall into my list of “new and to be read” authors, whose existence was unknown to me before reading this book.
I have to give a “special mention” to author Michael O’Conner for his story The Choosing. This story took me by surprise by having an O Henry type twist in this tale that left me shaking my head. Although it is hard to pick a favourite out of this anthology, his was the one that stayed in my head long after I read it.
Perfect Flaw has been released by Seventh Star Publishing and is available on Amazon as well as other booksellers.
This is a real 5 out of 5 star book that entertained the hell out of me!
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Adam Lights short story Taken throws a different light on the usual tales of abduction. Here is a protagonist whose secret trauma is not revealed until the very last of the story and it helps to give an O Henry ending that quite surprised me.
I have only just discovered the delights of Adam and Evans Light and their twisted world of horror and the unique way they write about it. I’m rapidly becoming a fan and I’ll be continually dipping into their new books as they write them, like a literary humming-bird darting into their different stories for a taste of sweet sinister terror.
Both the authors can be found in the realms of Goodreads and what a pleasant discovery they are. If you aren’t familiar with their work, check out the Goodreads site and keep your eyes peeled for some of the special deals that these two talented writers are a part of. Kindle deals abound and you can sample the terror filled treats that are becoming a staple of the two brothers.
I’ve only read two of the brother’s work and as I mentioned above, I am rapidly becoming a fan of their original ideas and very different story lines. I know that the title of this post is somewhat deceiving in that it looks like I am going to be addressing the story Taken its own. But being a short story, I would give way too much of the plot away.
I will say it deals with a long distance driver who loves his stay-at-home partner too much. So much in fact that he’ll do anything for her. It’s a great read and entertaining.
Check both Adam and Evans stuff out, if their stories were edible, I’d say, “They’re finger-licking good.”
A definite 4 star tale just for the unpredictable twist at the end.
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