Stephanie Burgis, Anne E. Johnson, Patrice Sarath and many more – Futuristica: Volume 1


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What does the future hold for us? This anthology of nineteen diverse stories from authors around the world shows us a future full of adventure, intrigue, fun, heart-ache, and wonder.
A imprisoned space pirate from Phobos is given a last chance for freedom, but only if he’s willing to kill his younger brother. Again.
In post-climate change Italy, a deaf African-American woman and her native partner struggle to build a communal farm that can survive the new environment, a lasting hope for a future.
A Latina party girl is addicted to cybernetic body modification when the latest experimental ‘fix’ comes out, promising to let her deepest desires rise.
An Asian woman is called to Nigeria to find out why her company’s cyborg policeman just killed an unarmed teenage boy.
A mech-suited mercenary on a war torn alien planet is just trying to earn enough to get out, but her daughter is on the battlefield the day all hell breaks loose.
And many more. The future is as infinite as the stars. Let’s go explore it!

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Metasagas Press

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Vērtējums/Rating: 3.75/5

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Stella Pierides ”The Heart and Its Reasons”


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Love, longing, loneliness, and betrayal… sailing around the realm of the heart.

Steering a path around islands of the past and the present, mythology and history, locals and expatriates, refugees and emigrants, loneliness and aloneness, the fragrance of herbs and the stink of prejudices, the stories in this book traverse the multifarious landscapes of the heart. Setting course by Greece – a country filled with the light and darkness of its past, with wounds still oozing from its wars – the stories explore a space that is both familiar, unfamiliar, and uncannily universal: the haunted, multilayered, enticing, and bewitching chambers of the heart. The sutures keeping it together are pride and longing: for mother, for father, for home; for recognition, for acceptance, for love, for truth; for a better world.

From the back cover:

“Wistful and bittersweet: a collection of engaging stories. Stella Pierides does not shy away from depicting suffering and loss, but a distinctive feature of her work is how she shows her clearly-drawn characters gradually making sense of even the most chaotic of lives. She calls upon her Greek heritage and pan-European outlook to tackle themes of youth and age, the burdens of history, and the irrepressibility of hope.”
–Katie Low, University of Oxford
“Pierides reads and renders our soul with the spectacular clarity of the Greek classics and the depth of the world’s greatest introspective writers. Masterfully portrayed characters, whether they find themselves at crossroads or in seemingly everyday situations, wrestle the often Procrustean tendencies of time, traditions, and heartaches, to ultimately glimpse surprising answers to riddles old and new. These eloquent, hypnotic stories translate the experience of Greek expatriates, contemporary hermits, war veterans, daughters, mothers, and many others, into the universal language of a perpetually searching, truth-thirsty humanity. At once actual and mythic, they blend individual memory and the memory of history, to generate a distinct portrait of the European spirit…”
—Mia Avramut, writer, Essen, Germany

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Mana recenzija

Lai gan katrs stāsts ir citādāks, tomēr visiem deviņiem ir arī, kas kopīgs. Vienojošais ir gan notikumu vietas un personāžu izcelsme, gan katra problēmas dzīvē.

Vislabāk patika tieši pirmais un garākais stāsts ‘’ Memory and Lethe’’. Šajā galvenā varone Anna 48 gadu vecumā cieš no demences un tieši tādēļ atgriežas dzimtenē, kur Annu sagaida negaidīts pārsteigums -> vienlaicīgi cenšas risināt gan savu situāciju, gan uzzināto. Pavisam savādāks, bet arī interesants, bija ‘’Plato’s Pockets’’.

Kas likās neparasti, ka vairākos stāstos galvenais varonis ir vairāk vai mazāk veiksmīgs rakstnieks; kā arī, ka viņi mēģina tikt galā ar nesen mirušu radinieku vai paziņu.

Ja vien arī pārējie stāsti būtu tik labi, kā pirmais, vērtējums būtu bijis nedaudz augstāks. To pabojāja ‘’Keeping House’’ un ‘’Heart Failure’’

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Vērtējums: 3.75/5

Benjamin Sperduto, A.A. Garrison, David Thomas, B.E. Scully, Nicky Peacock, Carole Gill, Ed Medina, Joshua Skye, Bram Stoker, John Karr(u.c.) ”Enter at Your Own Risk: Old Masters, New Voices”


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If Gothic masters like Lovecraft, Poe, and Stoker could whisper new tales from beyond the grave, what stories would they create in response to increasingly urgent issues such as the threat of environmental collapse, the ongoing struggles for equal rights, and the innumerable challenges, thrills, and dangers of life in the 21st century? In this new anthology, classic Gothic tales are juxtaposed with modern short stories in a fascinating exploration of how much things change in the world of horror and chills—and how much they stay the same. The stories provide an engaging time travel through the twisted tunnels of the human psyche and the equally disturbing behavior that accompanies it—guilt, lust, revenge, regret, the eternal (and often deadly) power of love, the inseparable allure/repellence of evil… and the sceptered shadow of Death which lurks over all. Special treats from the classic authors include a rare, early story from Poe, and Bram Stoker’s “lost” chapter from Dracula. With 26 tales from three centuries’ worth of delightfully deranged minds, this collection reveals the astonishing scope of the Gothic writer’s incomparable genius for revealing our deepest emotions and penetrating our darkest dreams.

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Kas grāmatā patika:

  • Pāris stāsti tiešām atbilda gotiskajam un šausmu žanram, piešķirot arī attiecīgas sajūtas.
  • Sastopami – vampīri, vilkači, troļļi, spoki un citi mošķi.

Kas grāmatā nepatika:

  • Atsevišķos stāstos nevarēja īsti uztvert domu. Iespējams, jo stāsts pār pārāk attālu/atšķirīgu laika posmu.

Citi aspekti:

  • Dažos stāstos vecākā angļu valoda bija grūtāk saprotama

Stāsti, kuri patika visvairāk: B.E. Scully ‘’The Ground Always Wins’’ un Robbie Anderson ‘’Immovable Fear’’ un Benjamin Sperduto ‘’ Johnny’s Monster’’

Stāsti, kuri patika vismazāk: William Harrison Ainsworth ‘’The Specter Bride’’ un Edgar Allan Poe ‘’The Ligeia’’

Vērtējums: 3/5