These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.
Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.
Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.
Sunday, 3 July 2016
Review: UnCommon Origins: A Collection of Gods, Monsters, Nature, and Science
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
UnCommon Origins is the second UnCommon Anthology. Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to read one to understand the other. Both tell tales based upon different topics. With UnCommon Origins we’re given a collection of stories about deities, monsters, nature and science. You get a bit of everything, really.
Before I go any farther, though, I’d like to say a massive thank you to P.K. Tyler for sending me an advance read in exchange for an honest review. It was much appreciated – I had fun with these.
I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of anthologies. I have such trouble when it comes to rating them, as nine times out of ten I feel as though the collection is a mixed bag. Such was the case here. Some of the stories I really enjoyed, whereas others I felt very little about. Hence the three star rating. So, keep in mind that the rating is the collective rather than the individual. If I were rating the stories individually, we would have all kinds of ratings being handed out.
All of the stories are well written, the authors having their own style of writing and storytelling. As with many anthologies, I have found a couple of authors I’ll be looking into. Such a thing is always wonderful. However, for me, some of the stories were more engaging than others. Some of them I was pulled into from the start whereas others I felt dragged on some. Some were so interesting that I wanted full-length novels whereas others failed to hold me for the handful of pages. This is just a personal thing, though. Each story was wonderfully unique and brought something more to the table.
If you’re a fan of anthologies, you’re sure to enjoy this one. As I said, though, anthologies aren’t all my thing.
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