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Thylacine Dreams In the tradition of Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Stephen King comes a group of short tales that will take you to another world, or help you see this one in an entirely new light. In this collection from award-winning author Jonathan Maas: * We wake up with a woman who sleeps for centuries so that she can monitor humanity’s progress. * We discover a worl Thylacine Dreams In the tradition of Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Stephen King comes a group of short tales that will take you to another world, or help you see this one in an entirely new light. In this collection from award-winning author Jonathan Maas: * We wake up with a woman who sleeps for centuries so that she can monitor humanity’s progress. * We discover a world that has survived the apocalypse, but remains unaware of the horror that still moves beneath the surface. * We meet a couple who learns why you should never go back in time. Some of the characters are on a grand direction, while some of them are just ordinary people who find themselves in circumstances beyond their understanding. But every one of them holds the importance of an endling, and will show you things you’ve never thought possible.


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Thylacine Dreams In the tradition of Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Stephen King comes a group of short tales that will take you to another world, or help you see this one in an entirely new light. In this collection from award-winning author Jonathan Maas: * We wake up with a woman who sleeps for centuries so that she can monitor humanity’s progress. * We discover a worl Thylacine Dreams In the tradition of Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Stephen King comes a group of short tales that will take you to another world, or help you see this one in an entirely new light. In this collection from award-winning author Jonathan Maas: * We wake up with a woman who sleeps for centuries so that she can monitor humanity’s progress. * We discover a world that has survived the apocalypse, but remains unaware of the horror that still moves beneath the surface. * We meet a couple who learns why you should never go back in time. Some of the characters are on a grand direction, while some of them are just ordinary people who find themselves in circumstances beyond their understanding. But every one of them holds the importance of an endling, and will show you things you’ve never thought possible.

30 review for Thylacine Dreams: 6 Tales of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Beagle Lover (Avid Reader)

    Mr. Maas delivers 6 stories of various lengths, each delving into extremely imaginative content. My particular favorite is entitled "The Web," and only roughly 10 pages or so in length. The manner in which the author concludes this tale is ingenious, in this readers' opinion. The longest story, "-100," is a highly complex but entertaining scientific thriller that leaves one pondering the variables of human existence. Kela, one of 3 MCs, is so highly intelligent that she does something that effec Mr. Maas delivers 6 stories of various lengths, each delving into extremely imaginative content. My particular favorite is entitled "The Web," and only roughly 10 pages or so in length. The manner in which the author concludes this tale is ingenious, in this readers' opinion. The longest story, "-100," is a highly complex but entertaining scientific thriller that leaves one pondering the variables of human existence. Kela, one of 3 MCs, is so highly intelligent that she does something that effects her is disastrous ways, as well as subjecting her love interest, Adam, to various emotional and physical damages. The only fault I could find was with "-100." Numerous times the author relied on the word "regardless," which drove me to the point of distraction. Certainly such an accomplished author could have used words similar in meaning without the repetition of one word. Also, this reader found some editing errors, mainly with verbiage, punctuation and word placement. These type of errors drove this reader absolutely crazy and detracted from the enjoyment of reading the stories. All in all, this was a brilliant 6 story combination that entertains, educates and makes the reader ponder some very varied subjects with wonderfully weighty thinking.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    It was all very good. But the last story was a little confusing until the end, where it was neatly tied up & explained. Good read, indeed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rogério Faco

    Exceptional In the level of Asimov, Bradbury and Clarke he is probably the best sf winter of our times! A must read!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    David

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. He’s done it again. I can’t get enough of Jonathan’s work. This one rates right up there with Spanners for its quality. My favorite of these particular stories has to be Diggers. The premise and theory put forth by Murphree can really make you think. Great job. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Reader Views

    Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (10/18) “Thylacine Dreams” by Jonathan Maas showcases tales of sci-fi, time travel, horror and fantasy that will stimulate your imagination contemplating the limitless “what-if” scenarios triggered by this stunning collection. With six tales to entertain, Maas reflects the premise of “endings” in each one. The title represents this theme through reference of an extinct species, the Thylacine, the largest carnivorous marsupial of recent ages. The last of th Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (10/18) “Thylacine Dreams” by Jonathan Maas showcases tales of sci-fi, time travel, horror and fantasy that will stimulate your imagination contemplating the limitless “what-if” scenarios triggered by this stunning collection. With six tales to entertain, Maas reflects the premise of “endings” in each one. The title represents this theme through reference of an extinct species, the Thylacine, the largest carnivorous marsupial of recent ages. The last of the species held in captivity died in a zoo in Tasmania in 1936, the result of accidental circumstances caused by man. The first story, Time Capsel, tells of a woman (named Capsel) who travels through time to monitor the course of humanity. Traveling in stasis mode, the universe awakens Capsel at various points in time, her directives only to observe, with no duty to interfere unless humanity is on the threat of elimination. I found the elements of this story mysterious, unsettling and at times, frightening as I considered the possibilities. Time Capsel set the tone for me as I settled in for the rest of the stories - an experience best described as out-of-body. “Thylacine Dreams” also includes the author’s novella, -100: Never Go Back in Time. This story was by far my favorite, truly distinctive and one of a kind featuring among other things, a different kind of twist on a woman scorned. You’ve never had relationship issues like Kela and Adam. Maas weaves the relationship element into a sophisticated web with components of time travel, memory transformation (and transference), and venturing into realms never intended for humanity. Jonathan Maas has great innovative flair, his voice vivid, his plots and characters well-structured. I was more than impressed with his ability to create otherworldly scenarios that drench the reader in surrealism. All of his stories evoke feelings one doesn’t voluntarily call to the surface. As the characters deal with their own form of ending, be it death or other circumstance, my mind seemed to uncontrollably return to the possible ties to reality, leaving me to wonder just how little of the universe we actually know or are even capable of understanding. I highly recommend “Thylacine Dreams” by Jonathan Maas for a truly innovative collection of stories that will take you on a bizarre journey and leave you wanting more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    JUDITH DICKINSON

    Suspend belief and let yourself be drawn into these worlds. Each story is unique. Imagine being in stasis for hundreds, if not thousands of years, with just brief awakenings in order to check on the state of the world. Some of the characters possess talents and natural abilities that we could only wish to have, while others are totally human, allowing you to really live the narrative through their experiences and emotional responses. The first five stories fit neatly within the short story genre Suspend belief and let yourself be drawn into these worlds. Each story is unique. Imagine being in stasis for hundreds, if not thousands of years, with just brief awakenings in order to check on the state of the world. Some of the characters possess talents and natural abilities that we could only wish to have, while others are totally human, allowing you to really live the narrative through their experiences and emotional responses. The first five stories fit neatly within the short story genre, but -100 is slightly longer, a novella. I had already read this and really enjoyed it. Forget all those books about travelling back in time to make significant changes. This book is much more intimate. The narrative evolves around the relationship between Kela and Adam. Despite their different natures they still find themselves drawn into a relationship. After 100 days Adam breaks up with Kela The unique thing about Kela is that she has invented a time-travel device. She uses the device to go back in time, visiting each of those 100 days with the intention of ending their relationship before Adam can. The dangers of time-travel are many, even over so short a period of time. Can Kela and Adam survive the horrors that might await them? Will they both not only survive, but survive untainted. 'Thylacine Dreams' is a real adventure, drawing the reader into the different narratives. Yet more proof of Jonathan's talent.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Normally when I read story collections, there are stories that stand out and others that impress me less. This collection is notable for the strength of all (but one--which is still a solid 4 stars for me) of the stories. I had already read -100, an incredibly creative, non-sentimental time travel love story that has a unique spin on both romantic break ups and time travel. In fact, that story has re-ignited my interest in the time travel genre. The author has achieved the same thing with Digger Normally when I read story collections, there are stories that stand out and others that impress me less. This collection is notable for the strength of all (but one--which is still a solid 4 stars for me) of the stories. I had already read -100, an incredibly creative, non-sentimental time travel love story that has a unique spin on both romantic break ups and time travel. In fact, that story has re-ignited my interest in the time travel genre. The author has achieved the same thing with Diggers in the zombie genre. Dark Moon also stood out as an outstanding science fiction tale. The first story in the collection, Time Capsel, although interesting, didn't hook me as hard as the others. It's the one I rate at 4 stars, but considering this is the story that I found least engaging, this is a very solid collection.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    After reading my first book by Jonathan Mass, Dion, I have become a fan of his. I have never been a real fan of science fiction books, but Jonathan's stories are incredible. He is a true talent. He is incredibly intelligent and obviously well read himself, and has a weird and wonderful imagination. This collection of short stories and one novella were not only fun and wonderful reads, they left me with a lot to think about. I am looking forward to reading more by him. After reading my first book by Jonathan Mass, Dion, I have become a fan of his. I have never been a real fan of science fiction books, but Jonathan's stories are incredible. He is a true talent. He is incredibly intelligent and obviously well read himself, and has a weird and wonderful imagination. This collection of short stories and one novella were not only fun and wonderful reads, they left me with a lot to think about. I am looking forward to reading more by him.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tim Gray

    This is a classic collection of fantasy/sci fi stories - -100 the novella at the end, I had read before, and very much enjoyed. The other shorter stories are a mix of slow burn (takes along time!) and very brief stories. There are creatures of legend - and new spins on old myths. A nice chance to dip in and out of some thought provoking cautionary tales.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Perez

    I had an idea from the description that this book would be on the unusual side but I was wrong. It was not unusual it was boring. I could not get in to the stories, the plots or the characters. I felt it could have been written better for easier understanding. A lot of droning on. Not a fan.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    Fascinating, horrifying, surprising short stories. They're imaginative and pull you in. Even if you don't normally read short stories, sci-fi, or horror, you'll find yourself enthralled by this brilliant collection by Jonathan Maas. Fascinating, horrifying, surprising short stories. They're imaginative and pull you in. Even if you don't normally read short stories, sci-fi, or horror, you'll find yourself enthralled by this brilliant collection by Jonathan Maas.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vickie Garner

    None interesting to me Couldnt really get into the story lines. Seemed weak and not attention grabbing. I guess it just was not my type of story

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I got this book with a free Kindle deal. It was pretty good for a free book. I especially liked the first story but they were all worth the read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    S.L.

    Jonathan Maas has great innovative flair, his voice vivid, his plots and characters well-structured. I was more than impressed with his ability to create otherworldly scenarios that drench the reader in surrealism. See my full review on the Reader Views Goodreads page.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Richard West

    Omigosh, what a blast! And to think he's been to and read/performed in my shop.... Omigosh, what a blast! And to think he's been to and read/performed in my shop....

  16. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  17. 5 out of 5

    kiiki

  18. 4 out of 5

    Myrddin

  19. 4 out of 5

    Equal Opportunity Reader

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Taggart

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zdenka

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tobyann Aparisi

  23. 5 out of 5

    John Pouk

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  26. 5 out of 5

    David

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vernell Schutte

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brian Garbutt

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kii Ki

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Shipley

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