You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills - and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.
Twenty-three tales comprise this incredible collection, and as the title suggests, the writers were free to contribute whatever they wished. Here is the table of contents:
With the help of stalwart friends and these wonderful short stories, Shawn has taken the gravest of life’s hardships and created something magical. Unfettered is not only a fantastic anthology in its own right, but it’s a testament to the generosity found in the science fiction and fantasy community—proof that humanity can give beyond itself when the need arises. After all, isn’t that the driving narrative in fantasy literature?
©2013 Shawn Speakman (P)2013 Audible Inc.
Sci fi and fantasy is where I live. I read not to escape , but to enjoy the thoughts and dreams of my fellow Earthlings and Others. Peace !
A good choice for those times When you need to relax and get away from the hectic adventuring ,and stress of the epic novels' These short tales are well read' And well worth a good listen
Listening to this series of stories is like trying to recover valuables from a home after it's been ravaged by a tornado. You labor to move heavy beams, walls, and cement blocks. Finally you find what looks to be a cherished item, only to discover it's broken in some way. You move, disappointed and disillusioned through the recovery process, searching for the next item. Only after painstaking effort do you find a small collection of valuable items and cherished memories.Listening to this book is much like that recovery effort.
Most of the stories in this collection go nowhere. Oh, they are well written and most paint very realistic worlds, but listening to them is like driving alone around the Monaco race course. While the scenery may be interesting you're going nowhere and there's no purpose.
There were a few gems in this series. Kevin Hearne's story for example, There are others, but they are rare.
I'm thoroughly disappointed in this collection. While listening, or reading, collections can be iffy, and there's always one or two, even by a favorite author, that are less than satisfactory, I didn't expect most of a collection to be so devastatingly disappointing.
A very depressing compilation of senseless stories. Perhaps Masters of Fantasy can't write short stories because they don't have space to build the worlds.
If you enjoy thoughtful introspective stories or WTF moments, and if you don't mind a compendium of stories that feature only a handful of resolutions go for it.
It has definitely warned me away from short story compilations. This was my first... probably my last.
Most of the narrators did a pretty good job... there just wasn't much to bring to life.
I think that in the case of a short story compilation, a more appropriate question would be, which stories would you cut.
I would cut all of them but the music one, and the one about the keeper of memories.
These are tried and true authors and narrators. They all have wonderful stuff attributed to their names, but not this.
No. Ive listened to plenty of other short story compilations that had excellent content.
Not really. I listened to this when I had nothing else available at the time.
I think most of the people who agreed to contribute to this short story collection forgot about it till their deadline was due. At that point they either scribbled down something on the spot or dug around in a drawer of half baked ideas to present something for the compilation. If it werent for the short stories by Rothfuss or Sanderson, I never would have bothered with this.
1 or 2 decent short stories buried in the dross. Disappointing to see well known authors send in their barrel scrapings for this worthy-sounding cause.
Some of the stories are totally weird and I didn't understand them. others are good and then end depressingly. But the good ones are absolutely fantastic and worth suffering through the few that are odd.
Is in its origins. The giving of the products of ones imagination for the benefit of another makes this a worthy effort by all those involved. As with any collections I felt there were a few outstanding stories and a few I cared little for but it was worth the listen.
Several of the stories are beautiful, amazingly well written, and powerful. Others...not so much. Still others seemed very out of place in the anthology, but considering how it came to be, is understandable.
The Sound of Broken Absolutes, The Unfettered Knight, and Every Girl Loves Michael Stein are must reads/listens, IMO.
Others like Dogs are good, but a complete break in genre compared to the rest of the stories. There were a couple that were just plain bad in my opinion, a few that were meh. But there's enough really good stuff to make it worth your while.
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