Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Compostela (Tesseracts Twenty) edited by Spider Robinson and James Alan Gardner

This anthology of sci fi/fantasy stories contains some real oddities.  Stories that don't go far enough, stories that scare you, and stories that can be a challenge to read.  It was interesting and felt good to read a collection of stories that didn't do exactly what you wanted.  It kept it intriguing.

Hades Publications sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.

There are poems interspersed in the book which changes the pace for you.  The writers are:  Alan Bao, John Bell, Chantal Boudreau, Leslie Brown, Tanya Bryan, J. R. Campbell, Eric Choi, David Clink, paulo da costa, Miki Dare, Robert Dawson, Linda DeMeulemeester, Steve Fahnestalk, Jacob Fletcher, Catherine Girczyc, R. Gregory, Mary-Jean Harris, Geoffrey Hart, Michaela Hiebert, Matthew Hughes, Guy Immega, Garnet Johnson-Koehn, Michael Johnstone, Cate McBride, Lisa Ann McLean, Rati Mehrotra, Derryl Murphy, Brent Nichols, Susan Pieters, Alexandra Renwick, Rhea Rose, Robert J. Sawyer, Thea van Diepen, Nancy SM Waldman.  They are all from Canada.  Maybe that's why the stories tasted different to me.

I especially liked the following stories:

The Shoulders of Giants by Robert J Sawyer.  They've been a space ship forever.  When they reach their destination, they find others got there first...

No Others Like Us by Nancy SM Waldman.  What if the planet you went to changed your DNA?

The Shadowed Forest by Rati Mehrota.  Imagine being connected 24/7 and never having any secrets.  Is that a good thing or a bad thing?  She must decide...  (Reminded me of 1984 by George Orwell.)

Why don't you read it and tell me which ones you liked?

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