Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A review of A is for Apocalypse








Book Name             :              A is for Apocalypse
Author                     :               Compiled and edited by                                                                              Rhonda Parrish

Publisher                      :             Poise and pen publishing
Genre                           :             Anthology
Number of Pages         :             310  
Publishing Date           :             August 2014
Binding                        :             Paperback
ISBN                              :              13  : 9780993699016)
Rating : 4.0
 Blurb
In A is for Apocalypse, the world ends in both fire and ice–and by asteroid, flood, virus, symphony, immortality, the hands of our vampire overlords, and crowdfunding. A stellar group of authors explores over two dozen of the bangs and whispers that might someday take us all out. Often bleak, sometimes hopeful, always thoughtful, if A is for Apocalypse is as prescient as it is entertaining, we’re in for quite a ride.” – Amanda C. Davis, author of The Lair of the Twelve Princesses

What do you get when you take twenty six amazing writers, randomly assign them a letter of the alphabet and give them complete artistic freedom within a theme?

A is for Apocalypse

Twenty six apocalyptic stories written by both well-known and up-and-coming writers. Monsters, meteors, floods, war—the causes of the apocalypses in these tales are as varied as the stories themselves.

This volume contains work by Ennis Drake, Beth Cato, Kenneth Schneyer, Damien Angelica Walters, K. L. Young, Marge Simon, Milo James Fowler, Simon Kewin, C.S. MacCath, Steve Bornstein and more!

“Editor Rhonda Parrish gives us apocalyptic fiction at its finest. There’s not a whimper to be heard amongst these twenty-six End of the World stories. A wonderful collection.” –Deborah Walker, Nature Futures author.

“One of the “good ones”… creative and imaginative works of short fiction around a compelling theme.” – Ian Dawe, Sequart Magazine

“…with an assortment of plots and genres (some horror, some science fiction, even a few dabbling in romance and humour) there’s a little bit here for everyone. Fans of apocalyptic tales should find A is for Apocalypse entertaining…”– Jess Landry, Hellnotes

 My Review

The book is an alphabetical anthology of twenty six stories named with the twenty six English alphabets. The stories are quite refreshing and interesting. In spite of writing baseless and hollow words, each story is dedicated to a relevant issue or incident. From Zombies to Nuclear pollution, the authors touched every topic of concern. I never believed that I would like a story with Zombies but the book changed my every preconceived notions. Rhonda has done a praiseworthy job as an editor. The book urges us to turn the pages fast and swift, making us want to read more and more. Variety is another virtue I noticed in the book. No two stories are similar or have similar topics, which is noteworthy for a book with 26 stories.
     As with every anthology, there were some weak links. One or two stories were not up to the benchmark set by the others.
                                                         
One Liner
A refreshing alphabetical anthology  compiled seamlessly


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 About the Author



Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for eight years (which is like forever in internet time) and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Scarecrow and B is for Broken.



In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been in publications such as Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012 & 2015) and Mythic Delirium.



Her website, updated weekly, is http://www.rhondaparrish.com





Reviewed for the author
 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy from the Author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.