The Intellectual Devotional presents 365 short chapters displaying what humanity has learned, created, and achieved during its time on Earth. The book covers seven subjects— one for each day of the week. Monday-History Tuesday-Literature Wednesday-Visual Arts Thursday-Science Friday-Music Saturday-Philosophy Sunday-Religion After taking every Appreciation class offered at my community college,
Venus in the Blind Spot is an excellent horror manga story collection that is highly recommended for its original plots. Someone is killing the young people in Japan! Killing, undressing, and stitching them together with fishing line. It occurs whenever two or more people gather together. A group called Billions
Final Cuts is an anthology of eighteen “all new dark and strange fiction inspired by cinema and television.” As with all anthologies, the stories vary in skill-level. However, these tales also swing wildly in genre. All have horror settings or themes. But some are also thrillers, fantasy, and romances. My
It’s the Mystery Writers of America’s seventy-fifth anniversary! To celebrate they are throwing a party and we’re all invited. Luckily, we readers get the present—an anthology of nineteen short stories by the best mystery writers around. All the stories have an anniversary theme. In fact, they are all Deadly Anniversaries.
I think I’m missing something here. Despite thinking the Mensa test was easy, I just don’t understand the stories within Something that may Shock and Discredit You. That may mean I am discredited, when I wanted to be shocked. I feel that there is probably a brilliantly funny undertow running
As indicated, this book does contain the Best American Magazine Writing 2019. All seventeen stories are winners or finalists in prestigious writing competitions. The stories are all non-fiction. The subjects vary from porn presidents to life in prison to end of life choices. My personal favorite is “How to be
The Big Book of Reel Murders is chockful of well-known authors like Dashiell Hammett, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming, and W. Somerset Maugham. Even better, it has some of my favorite silver-age short story writers from 1950-1989 Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen mystery magazines like Cornell Woolrich and Stanley Ellin.
Twenty-six short tales make up the Best Horror of the Year Volume Eleven. Ghosts and vampires are if course present in a compendium of horror tales. Surprisingly, there are also stories about thumb-suckers and a town where it really is raining men. Of course, with any short story anthology, there
With 29 stories, 624 pages, and a recommended reading list, the Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 4 is definitely worth its $13.99 cost. This collection includes the gamut of subgenres within the field. Hard science, soft space opera, spacemen, aliens, and robots populate these pages. I’m positive that