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A collection of twenty science fiction & fantasy short stories and novellas about experiencing the Unknown.


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A collection of twenty science fiction & fantasy short stories and novellas about experiencing the Unknown.

30 review for Unknown: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aviar Savijon

    Unknown A great complete tale of one unique adventure. A must read for everyone. Get your copy today. I loved it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alger Smythe-Hopkins

    An interesting volume mostly because it reads more like an author's idea book than a collection of completed stories. The most finished stories are by the editor, and there are five of them, each apparently modeled after a classic pulp scifi trope. Although there is nothing wrong with borrowing tropes, these stories have a tendency to emphasize world building over plot development. Neither do they come to satisfactory conclusions, several ending so abruptly that you are surprised when you turn t An interesting volume mostly because it reads more like an author's idea book than a collection of completed stories. The most finished stories are by the editor, and there are five of them, each apparently modeled after a classic pulp scifi trope. Although there is nothing wrong with borrowing tropes, these stories have a tendency to emphasize world building over plot development. Neither do they come to satisfactory conclusions, several ending so abruptly that you are surprised when you turn the page and find the author blurb. This is not just Cole's problem either. There are other inclusions that can only be described as sketches rather than stories: sketches that in several cases developed an intriguing premise, and then just at the point where you think -- okay now the real story begins...-- is followed instead immediately with the author's blurb. Individual stories simply beg for a copy editor's guidance. "Dragon's Egg" by Emily Martha Sorensen, has chapter breaks that only someone composing a book on Twitter would believe made sense. An editor's help with word choice would have improved the experience of reading most of these stories, as would guidence about racist/sexist stereotypes that, while apt to an age that elected an infant baboon president, should be considered beneath the dignity of any self respecting author. Some of the stories (especially "Abandoned" by Bill Hiatt) also have annoying proofreading errors that would be forgivable if this weren't a book formatted expressly for the Kindle. There is a lot of potential in this collection. It would just be nice to read something more complete and polished from these same authors.

  3. 5 out of 5

    BERNARD ANDREWS

    Medium to low interest and writing skills Very mixed bag Mostly ok but I can't recommend it to anyone who was not desperate for anything to read Medium to low interest and writing skills Very mixed bag Mostly ok but I can't recommend it to anyone who was not desperate for anything to read

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    Excellent book. Loved all the stories. Try it!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Liza Robertson

    Some stories were pretty good but others were unbearable. I liked some of the stories, but others were dreadful. I gave it two stars because there wasn't enough good stories. Some stories were pretty good but others were unbearable. I liked some of the stories, but others were dreadful. I gave it two stars because there wasn't enough good stories.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jolyn

    Although I normally review/rate each book that I read I will not be rating anthologies. This will allow me the freedom to just read the stories that are clean (the only ones I am willing to read) in an anthology and skip/ignore the rest. The only way that I will rate an anthology is if all of the authors have verified that the stories included in the anthology are free of sex, swearing and graphic violence. I read the following stories from the anthology: "The Weeds within the Rulership" by Emily Although I normally review/rate each book that I read I will not be rating anthologies. This will allow me the freedom to just read the stories that are clean (the only ones I am willing to read) in an anthology and skip/ignore the rest. The only way that I will rate an anthology is if all of the authors have verified that the stories included in the anthology are free of sex, swearing and graphic violence. I read the following stories from the anthology: "The Weeds within the Rulership" by Emily Martha Sorensen - very short but enjoyable prequel to "The Keeper and the Rulership" that explains about how Raneh got magic and her relationship with Jontan. This is a clean read - no swearing, sex or violence. "Power at All Costs" by Lincoln Cole - Good story about things going awry when a new project to manage CO2 goes online. I didn't like the swearing though. "Drafted" by Lincoln Cole - I read one chapter and then skipped the other four chapters due to the swearing. "Spelling It Out" by MN Arzu - Imagining the relationship between a superhero and his very clever wife made for a nice little fantasy romance story. Again I just wish the swearing had been left out of the story. "All is Fair" by Kathryn M. Hearst - have not read yet "The Hawk of Destiny's First" by James S. Aaron - "da-n" used one time; deciding if will read "Testing Ground" by Lee Isserow - one use of "sh-t"; deciding if will read "The Worm Turns" by Bill Hiatt - have not read yet "Carry on My Wayward Son" by Sean Seebach - swearing including f-bomb; I will not read this story "And the Prince Slew the Queen" by Eustacia Tan - have not read yet "Still No Clouds" by Jacqueline Ward - swearing; deciding if will read "Dangers from Above" by Kevin George - have not read yet "Life After Death" by Lincoln Cole - have not read yet "Help Line" by Lincoln Cole - have not read yet "Body Rentals" by Mark Gardner - not reading story due to swearing "Return to Cinder" by Kristy Tate - have not read yet "Dragon's Egg" by Emily Martha Sorensen - I read "Dragon's Egg" as a stand-alone book. Read review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... "Abandoned" by Bill Hiatt - a father who has distanced himself from his son is forced to examine the role he should or should not play in his son's life. While this story "Escape" by Mark Gardner - swearing including f-bomb; not going to read "Never a Night Off" by Lincoln Cole - main characters are a gay couple; skipping story

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anita

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ross Eastburn

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cruikshank

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen Fitzpatrick

  11. 5 out of 5

    alan williams

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nemera

  13. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Healey

  14. 5 out of 5

    Constructionv4

  15. 4 out of 5

    S venkataramanan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paul Erickson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Sue Rieger

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kevin D'Mello

  20. 4 out of 5

    T.Subrahmanya Sarma

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mrs K C Kershaw

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anjela Angus Bond

  24. 4 out of 5

    James Cunningham

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  26. 4 out of 5

    Barbie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gauri Chandratreya

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lincoln Cole

  29. 4 out of 5

    mrs gillian cottam

  30. 4 out of 5

    William Middleton

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