Wyrd Worlds

Wyrd WorldsAn Anthology Of Short Stories By An International Collection Of Science Fiction And Fantasy Writers, Covering A Wide Range Of What Is Known As Speculative Fiction, From Slices Of Fantasy And Time Travel To Steampunk And Science Fiction The Tales Vary Widely, Yet Are All Born From The Same Drive To Create, Share Ideas And Above All To Entertain TALES OF ERANA THE BLUE PHIAL By Alexandra Butcher A Short Story From The World Of The Light Beyond The Storm Chronicles THE QRIM CHIEFTAIN By Stan Morris When A Haughty Princess Scorns A Barbarian Chieftain, Her City Pays The Price ANTIMATTER ME By Steph Bennion The Experiment Had Not Been A Success And Now Time Was Running Out Or Was It Running In EXPLAIN THAT TO A MARTIAN By Gary Weston Drinkers Sometimes See All Kinds Of Things But Even I Wasn T Expecting To See A Four Eyed Martian In My Lounge THE IMAGINARY INVASION By Ubiquitous Bubba When Our Reality Is Invaded By Extra Dimensional Beings, Imaginary Characters May Be Humanity S Only Hope THE GUNS OF NAPOLEON By Peter Lean A Professor Of History, A Mysterious Scientific Institute And An Impossible Painting In A Story Of Time Travel CAUSALITY By Neil Shooter A Dream Of Desolation And Death How Can This End Be A Beginning And How Can A Dream Seem So Real NECROMANCERby Emma Faragher Mal Is A Necromancer Now Her Greatest Debt Is Being Called In And Her Skills Are Needed On A Murder Investigation, No Less KIRA By Ross Harrison Kira S Town Has So Far Survived The Destruction Wrought By The Government On So Many Others But For How Much Longer IN THE LAP OF THE GODSby Steph Bennion There Are Those Who Would Stop At Nothing To Keep Certain Inventions From Becoming A Reality MONDAY IMPS By Alexandra Butcher Have You Ever Wondered About Mondays Why Is It Everything Seems To Go Wrong There Is A Simple Answer SEPARATE WARS ON THE SAME STREETby Josh Karaczewski A New War Is Being Fought On The Rooftops And Alleyways By Men In Mech Suits MESRIN STATION By L L Watkin Jan Was Never An Upstanding Citizen, But He Was Never Stupid Either And Now They Are All In Trouble Than They Thought HALF BLOOD By Barbara G Tarn Giordano Discovers He S A Half Blood His Search For His Real Father Will Take Him Farther Than He Thought Anthologies are always tough to review, as the process requires judging the work of a group of dissimilar authors as a single entity Wyrd Worlds is a collection of stories by an international pool of science fiction and fantasy writers, all of whom are self published Edited by Steph Bennion, who also contributes to the collection as an author, the book includes fourteen tales of various lengths and distinctive styles Some are clearly stand alone short stories, and others appear as excerpts ta Anthologies are always tough to review, as the process requires judging the work of a group of dissimilar authors as a single entity Wyrd Worlds is a collection of stories by an international pool of science fiction and fantasy writers, all of whom are self published Edited by Steph Bennion, who also contributes to the collection as an author, the book includes fourteen tales of various lengths and distinctive styles Some are clearly stand alone short stories, and others appear as excerpts taken from a larger narrative although I could be mistaken about that The writing is generally competent , though the editing is spotty, noticeable with some storiesthan others Any fan of sci fi or fantasy genres can probably find a tasty tale or two to satisfy the palate, as the selection is broad The stories include everything from persecuted elf herbalists to imaginary selves, from barbarians to time travelers to aliens In a future time, ancient gods protect their turf, and on a world where a ruthless government shows no humanitarian impulse, a young woman strives to find her way There are half bloods, corpse raisers, and hidden mischief makers As with all anthologies, the reader will find favorites among the stories along with others that hold lesser interest For me, I found several engrossing and delightful, but I have to specifically mention The Imaginary Invasion by Ubiquitous Bubba, a clever and deliciously humorous tale that had me laughing out loud as did Explain That To A Martian Wyrd Worlds is worth a look, as the anthology is free and contains a number of tales worthy of the reader s time It was okay Just Barely Normally anthologies front load good stories to set the hook, then put mediocre stuff in the middle and end with a bang Wyrd Worldsidn t do that arguably the worst stories were the third and last The rest were okay Only one, Guns of Napoleon, rose enough above the tide to merit comment.Okay at best It was okay Just Barely Normally anthologies front load good stories to set the hook, then put mediocre stuff in the middle and end with a bang Wyrd Worldsidn t do that arguably the worst stories were the third and last The rest were okay Only one, Guns of Napoleon, rose enough above the tide to merit comment.Okay at best It s close, but my favourite is The Invisible Invasion. Since I am one of the contributing authors to this anthology, I will comment only on the work of the other authors I really enjoyed this anthology I ve always believed that you can tell practically any kind of tale within the construct of speculative fiction The contributing authors have demonstrated this concept very well There is something here for almost everyone The stories vary in length, style and subject matter, but they are unitied in the common theme of untamed imagination.Some of Since I am one of the contributing authors to this anthology, I will comment only on the work of the other authors I really enjoyed this anthology I ve always believed that you can tell practically any kind of tale within the construct of speculative fiction The contributing authors have demonstrated this concept very well There is something here for almost everyone The stories vary in length, style and subject matter, but they are unitied in the common theme of untamed imagination.Some of the tales are companions of the author s existing works Many of the stories were written especially for this collection All of them are written by talented independent authors Editor and Chief Author Wrangler, Steph Bennion has pulled together an ecclectic pack of authors to create this anthology There is a spirit of camaraderie between these people that is uncommon in this field That s probably enough about the authors What about the stories In this book there are fantasies featuring worlds of magic, political intrigue, dark forces, mystery and romance There are stories of cutting edge physics, futuristic warfare, space stations, and intersteller travel Some feature aliens, time travel, alternate histories, and questions about the nature of existence If you like reading fantasies, science fiction, adventure, speculative fiction, political intrigue, romance or humor, then this anthology is for you If you enjoy reading short stories, this has your name written on it If you love to seek out new authors, hear new voices, and expand your horizons, your starship awaits If you are a fan of free stuff, you now have reason to celebrate I m sure literary salons still exist in the major cities, where the literati get together and discuss their work in beautifully lit rooms over drinks and catered treats If invited to one of these, I would be the guy in the outermost ring of conversation, going back and forth from the buffet table to the bookshelves, listening in, probably not initiating any conversations unless I saw someone like myself pick up a book from the shelves that I had also read If someone was taking pictures, I woul I m sure literary salons still exist in the major cities, where the literati get together and discuss their work in beautifully lit rooms over drinks and catered treats If invited to one of these, I would be the guy in the outermost ring of conversation, going back and forth from the buffet table to the bookshelves, listening in, probably not initiating any conversations unless I saw someone like myself pick up a book from the shelves that I had also read If someone was taking pictures, I would only get in by photobombing it.Instead of physical literary salons to attend, I have Goodreads Groups I listen in on interesting conversations a lotthan I participate, and most of the time I m reading my friend s reviews, or comparing their read books list to mine When writers in the Smashwords Authors group began setting up an anthology in the summer of 2013 I managed to storybomb my piece, Separate Wars on the Same Street into this anthology To read some background on my story, go to this blog post.Reading this anthology is like going to an intimate story reading it will give you a sense of some of the excellent work being created and published on Smashwords and elsewhere wildflower worlds and characters that bloom outside of the influence of mainstream publishing house nurseries.As in all anthologies, choosing favorites is a matter of taste, not quality So the stories most to my taste in the anthology are The Qrim ChieftanAntimatter MeThe Imaginary InvasionNecromancer I m in the anthology, so I didn t count my own story I divided the star rating by 13 stories.My favorites are in no particular order or better in the order I read them in the anthology The blue fialExplain that to a martianThe Imaginary InvasionMonday ImpsMesrin Station A good way to assess various writers.I always enjoy anthologies, because they offer me the opportunity to assess the various contributing authors.As usual I enjoyed some of the talesthan other, but that is a personal preference thing overall, the stories were well written.See my review also at A good way to assess various writers.I always enjoy anthologies, because they offer me the opportunity to assess the various contributing authors.As usual I enjoyed some of the talesthan other, but that is a personal preference thing overall, the stories were well written.See my review also at Excellent variety of stories, make great quick reads for break time. A series of short stories that take place in different realms Some are introductions to other series of books Most were at least interesting. Wyrd Worlds is an anthology containing stories by fourteen international sci fi and fantasy indie authors Many of the stories did nothing for me, and typos abound, but since the book is free, I m not complaining Explain That To a Martian by Gary Weston, and Kira by Ross Harrison are both worth a five star rating The Imaginary Invasion by Ubiquitous Bubba, and Casualty by Neil Shooter are worth four star ratings The rest drag the overall rating down to two point seven, so I round Wyrd Wyrd Worlds is an anthology containing stories by fourteen international sci fi and fantasy indie authors Many of the stories did nothing for me, and typos abound, but since the book is free, I m not complaining Explain That To a Martian by Gary Weston, and Kira by Ross Harrison are both worth a five star rating The Imaginary Invasion by Ubiquitous Bubba, and Casualty by Neil Shooter are worth four star ratings The rest drag the overall rating down to two point seven, so I round Wyrd Worlds up to three stars.This really is a collection of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly But Wyrd Worlds is well worth reading just for The Good