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.
Say something about yourself!
There are some great stories in this book and some that leave you scratching your head about how anyone published them. Particularly bad are The Coach With Big Teeth, Mud Boy and Dogs. My advice just skip those.
On the other hand The Sound of Broken Absolutes is wonderful.
Some yes others never.
Some of it was and some of it wasn't.
...and I will purchase them before most else.
This anthology is very very good, new stories, only one I recognized from another book.
Definitely worth the listen.
No, there are just too many stories that are unexceptional or - others that are well written but torturous to read. I'm looking over the names and i've already forgotten what many of them were about. There are several stories that involve graphic physical and/or mental abuse and trauma - specifically of children and I'm just not into that (Mudboy is just absolutely horrific). Heaven in a Wild flower and Keeper of memory are good stories but pretty depressing with a feeling of hopelessness (again about children). Two of the stories are just literally horror stories (Dogs and Coach with big Teeth) Anxiety provoking and senseless violence. Not into that at ALL. (should say if you like that kind of thing, Dogs was gruesome but very well written and at least about an adult rather than a child). I enjoy SI/fi fantasy for the escapism. If I want to see the vulnerable being tormented I'll just turn on the news.
There were several stories I did very much like and am interested in buying full novels by these authors including Speakman, Hearne and Oruillian (already love Grossmans novels but annoyed this sort story is pulled from his books AND already in another anthology I bought, so another boo! there). I also liked the Thompson story and would read more by him. I have already read other similar anthologies and enjoyed them more, particularly the "Rogues" one. It is a good way to find new authors to look into.
An excellent conglomeration of stories, I really enjoyed the performances by the narrators, and the stories were all worth at least one listen, some are worth an extra listen. Simply put, and to avoid spoilers, I liked it...check it out.
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