Title: Other Sides: 12 Webfiction Tales
Author: Multiple Authors
Publisher: Ergo Fiction
Pages: Paperback; 114
Release Date: October 14, 2010
Genre: Multiple / Anthology of Webfiction
HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Everyone who is looking for an awesome anthology with different types of fiction.
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The advent of digital publishing has seen the rise of a new breed of writers: independent, experimental and unfettered by convention. This brand new anthology features a small sampling of these very writers, in a speculative fiction collection that will capture the imagination and dazzle the senses. The storytelling genius in this collection is most evidenced by its memorable characters: a young woman haunted by her ex-boyfriend's sweater, time travelers with a suspicious interest in babies, a gender-changing alien desperate to heal a loved one... In these stories, fourteen independent authors display the imagination, insight and wonderful originality that characterizes the unique world of online fiction.
When I was first asked to review Other Sides, I had to do a double take. I honestly had never heard of Webfiction before. Of course that made me all the more determined that I would read it. You know me.
Now? Now I'm a proud member of the Webfiction society. There isn't enough to say about how amazingly written these stories are, and how easy they are to become obsessed with. You meet the characters in a small installment and suddenly there is a burning need to find out more about them! Webfiction is, hands down, fantastic.
To get back to the actual anthology, Other Sides is an extremely engrossing read. There are stories from all across the Speculative Fiction universe, including my favorite: snarky alien races. The authors chosen for this anthology are some of the best out there. The writing is perfection, and the length of the stories is just enough to get you hooked before they leave you wanting more! Multiple cliffhangers anyone? My favorite story by far was that by MCM (who coincidentally will be interviewed on my blog tomorrow) titled "The Little Problem". I don't want to spoil it for you, but suffice it to say that I was literally laughing out loud as I read this one. Also, I now want a garden gnome.
There are 12 stories to sate your palette, and even if you are a bit skeptical I can assure you that this is worth your time. Other Sides is a brilliant anthology, and it is sure to bring new fans to the genre of Speculative Fiction and Webfiction! That being said, if you are already a fan of Speculative Fiction you need to give this anthology a read. I promise you'll fall in love and bookmark all the websites to read more.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.