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A collection of 16 sci-fi and fantasy stories edited by number one New York Times best-selling author Laurell K. Hamilton and author William McCaskey.

A child’s wish for her father comes true. The end of the world has never been so much fun. Conquering personal demons becomes all too real. It’s not always about winning; sometimes it’s about showing up for the fight. It’s about loving your life’s work, and jobs that make you question everything.

In this anthology, 17 authors have woven together brand-new stories that speak to the darkness and despair that life brings while reminding us that good deeds, humor, love, sacrifice, dedication, and following our joy can ignite a light that burns so bright the darkness cannot last.

Laurell K. Hamilton and William McCaskey are joined by Kevin J. Anderson, Griffin Barber, Patricia Briggs, Larry Correia, Kacey Ezell, Monalisa Foster, Robert E. Hampson, John G. Hartness, Jonathan Maberry, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Jessica Schlenker, Sharon Shinn, M. C. Sumner, Patrick M. Tracy, and Michael Z. Williamson in this collection.

©2020 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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LOVE the concept

I believe in the law of physics that you have to be able to visualize it to create it. I choose to visualize love and goodness winning out over evil and dystopia and I prefer to choose reading material to support that view. “Every day of the week and twice on Sunday.”

>>Twilight Falls by Jonathan Maberry, Chapters 1-8
I enjoyed it! I’m generally not a fan of any military-ish type story but this was well written and believable. Private or govt, I felt like I was learning how a highly trained team and mission would function.
This was my first time reading a Maberry book

>>Not in This Lifetime by Sharon Shinn
I enjoyed this stand alone novella with a romantic bent on reincarnation.

>>Mr. Positive, the Eternal Optimist by Larry Correia
Wacky funny and thoroughly enjoyable!

>>No Greater Love by Kacey Ezell
I really like that this story is built around a teeny tiny possibility of there being a basis in fact to a werewolf story. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of one before this that was linked to Mormons.

>>Broken Son by Griffin Barber
I enjoyed the intelligence and style of this story, but felt a little let down at the end. Like pieces were missing.

>>Heart of Clay: a Dan Shamble Zombie PI Adventure by Kevin J Anderson
Hit or miss humor. Liked “Ashes to ashes, Dust to dust, and play doh to play doh.” Topping off the embalming fluid at the mortuary not so much.

>>Reprise: a Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter short story by John G Hartness
Ok. Quality writing and editing but the topic and action is not my cup of tea.

>>Asil and the Not-Date: an Alpha and Omega Story by Patricia Briggs
OMG! Love It! The richness of the storytelling in the compact novella format! Yes, I’m a fan of Briggs’ Mercy Thompson and A&O books, and this just reinforces my fandom.

>>In the Dust by Robert E Hampson
A man’s life and dedication to his town’s history as told in tiny vignettes. Definitely Appetizing and could even be satisfying with a little more meat on it.

>>Fallen by L.E. Modesitt, Jr
This one had me most uncomfortable and thinking until the end when I was very unsatisfied. IMHO both viewpoints are flawed. God or Deity or Greater Than or Evolution gave us both a brain AND a heart. It’s when we fail to use both together that we fail ourselves and humankind. It takes both intelligence and emotion to guide our steps in this physical reality.

>>Working Conditions by Patrick M Tracy
This is a really short story. There was a fair amount of details, but I’m not sure what this was supposed to be about. Dee and Sam are having a conversation about him being a new vampire. It’s 5 weeks since he had returned to her employ - then it’s a daytime business that he supposedly couldn’t handle as he was light averse; and several other contradictions. It didn’t impress me enough to ask more.

>>Last Contact by M.C. Sumner
I got a real kick out of this conversation with an alien and a story that doesn’t paint them as evil.

>>Ronin by William McCaskey
Sigh. I will pray for peace in our hearts and in the world.

>>Skjoldmodir by Michael Z Williamson and Jessica Schlenker
A humanizing tale of Grendel and Beowulf. While reasonably well written, there was no real closure in lieu of happy or HEA. I was interested and reasonably invested until the end and then felt slightly frustrated? Can’t really use the word cheated.

>>Bonds of Love and Duty by Monalisa Foster
I liked this story of an engineered soldier escaping humans turning on the breed and demanding their death. The end with his own breed was a bit weak for me. The epitaph just smoothed it over.

>>Zombie Dearest: an Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Story
This can be a stand alone story in the world of Anita Blake, but it’s a much richer experience if you’ve been following the series. This slots right in. No HEA here, but LKH always gives good closure.
Whenever I read a new AB story or reread the series I’m always impressed with LKH’s creativity, logic, attention to detail, and the quality of the editing. She’s set a high standard for Supernatural fiction. I’ve been a big fan for maybe 15 years and hope Deity allows me to be for many more.

This is an excellently produced audio with each story clearly defined in the Chapter list.
Graham is a very decent narrator, but I love the richness of Ms Alexis’ voice. She is so good at expressing character differentiation and emotion.
Recommend.

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Got my fix!

I only bought this book to read one story, from my favorite author Patricia Briggs. I knew that the other stories would be a ok bonus! But the fact that almost all of the stories were worth what I paid for only one was more than a bonus. ❤️

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Ah very timely

This was published at exactly the right time. I think the whole world could use more hopeful stories and as someone who prefers fantasy genre books, thus hit the spot perfectly. Excellent narration and wonderful writing and happy endings!

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Most of the stories are cool.

I bought this for the Anita Blake and asil stories. Most of the others are ok but a few of them were really hard to follow.

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so with it

Ronin is my hero, and I love the Anita story included. Worth the time to read them all or in this case listen.

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Some story’s better than others

Some of the stories are better than others I love the new Antia Blake story and some of the others the Mormon story was interesting and I enjoyed it.over all the stories are good.

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Good anthology

As with any anthology, some stories I liked more than others, but all were interesting. Each story comes from a viewpoint that is not what one usually sees. The theme of strong optimism in unusual circumstances is strong in each story.
The performance of the narrators is top notch.

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Change of pace

This is not your typical audiobook but it delivers much more than a singular story or experience. Great writing and audio performances. I highly recommend for a change of pace!

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Good

overall I enjoy the book some especially the Patricia Briggs stories I love her stories but overall it was a great read and I really enjoyed it

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Great bunch of stories!!

All of the stories were great and had great narration. I have looked several unknown authors to me up to listen to more. I look forward to more of these in the future.