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I've already recommended to one of my work colleagues that he should take a look. Aug 07, Jay rated it liked it Shelves: I received this book as part of Goodread's Giveaways and First Reads. The short, sci-fi stories contained in this book shuffled between really interesting and engrossing to boring and difficult to follow.
Some of the ideas contained within were interesting, such as Sister Sun and Have a Nice Day Pass The Arsenic the former about time travel, I suppose, and the latter about having children in space. I especially liked Green Season, where lions were involved. Unfortunately I felt that the poorer stories, such as And The Angels Sang and even Jaguar let the book as a whole down. I also feel that Lorina Stephens ' writing style as a whole left something to be desired.
I think the book as a whole lacked punch, or a spark that really tied it together. Jun 30, Terri rated it it was ok Shelves: And the Angels Sang by Lorina Stephens is a collection of short speculative fiction. The book also contains many illustrations by the author. Going into this book, I wasn't totally sure what speculative fiction actually meant.
After reading this, I'm not sure I'm a fan of the genre overall. The stories contained in this book were well written, they just didn't grasp my interest. In many of the stories, it took me awhile to even figure out what was going on.
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Then, once I did, the story was over. But there were a couple of exceptions. If you are a fan of speculative fiction, I am sure that you will be a fan of Stephens' work. Jun 30, Angela rated it liked it Shelves: I won this collection of short speculative fiction stories from First Reads Giveaway. In general I found I enjoyed the fantasy stories a lot better than the science fiction ones. Which is unusual, since in general my preference is usually the other way around.
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I think it's because I expect my SF to wow me - to make me see the world, or some aspect of it, in a new and different way. And, with a couple exceptions , these weren't doing that for me. On the other hand, the fantasy stories, for the mo I won this collection of short speculative fiction stories from First Reads Giveaway. On the other hand, the fantasy stories, for the most part, were just plain fun.
And that I enjoyed. Jul 13, Dan rated it it was amazing.
I enjoyed this collection of short stories, which dare I say are the best stories of this author in the last 25 years? My three favorites in order are: Have a nice day and pass the arsenic 2. A dishwasher for Michelina 3. Zero mile There were many other stories of the 17 I liked, but those 3 are my favorites.
Most of the titles were of the Sci-Fi or Fantasy genres, or leaning towards them. Jul 20, T. I won this through the GoodReads First Reads program. It arrived on 20 July I read the first section of stories and I can't say I'm impressed enough to carry on. Most of the stories have good ideas at their core, but play out predictably or are simply bland. More care also should have been taken on the editing end of things. In one story, a character's last name is spelled at least three different ways.
I'll try to dip back into the book to finish it, but from what I've I won this through the GoodReads First Reads program.
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I'll try to dip back into the book to finish it, but from what I've read, I found it to be rather generic. May 15, Robert Runte rated it really liked it Shelves: Like any collection, some stories resonated with me more than others: I really couldn't relate to the title story at all, but I really, really liked a couple of the others. Most are very well written and filled with compelling imagery, but um, kind of dark. Definitely not beach reading. But fans of Lorina's moody writing will feel right at home with this collection of shorts.
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Well worth cover price. Jun 29, Renne rated it really liked it Shelves: And the Angels Sang is the first book I have received as a first-reads give-a-way, which was exciting in itself. Couldn't wait to start reading and it did not disappoint. This is a book you don't want to rush through. Aug 05, Dan rated it did not like it. This book is collection of poetic fantasy short stories. Unfortunately poetry and sic-fi fantasy don't mix well on my pallet.
Sorry I tried a couple of times but could not finish this. Maybe someone else would find it engaging but I struggled. Reading a book should not be a struggle, life is too short. Received as a Goodreads first read reviewer. Jun 18, Keith rated it really liked it Recommends it for: More often than not I found myself disappointed as I came to the end of each short story.
Each world, created with so few words, seemed rich enough to fill a novel.
Be prepared to not know what is happening for each opening page and see it all make sense by each end. By far one of the most interesting reads I've had in a while. I received this book through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads and have just started reading it. I will post a review when I'm finished but I'm really enjoying it so far. It's definitely not what I expected. Jun 30, Erin rated it really liked it Shelves: I graciously received this book through a first reads giveaway.
This is a book of short stories which I loved every single one. They can be twisted stories, so be forewarned if you aren't into endings that don't end happily. I would recommend and have passed on this book. Dec 27, David Richardson rated it really liked it Shelves: I received this book for free from the Goodreads first read giveaway. I really love short stories and thought this was a great collection. Lots of variety from time travel to sailing ships to a dragon slaying insurance salesman. Aug 09, Nancy S rated it it was ok Shelves: I received this book as part of Goodread's Giveaways.
I am struggling to finish this book. Partly because the first story for which the book got its name is not that good. Some are better than others. Jun 30, Calley Bryson rated it it was amazing. Really enjoyed this book, not my usual read but I am very happy to add another author to my collection of 'books to look out for' very well written and look forward to reading more. Jun 29, Rena marked it as to-read. I won this book from First Reads Giveaway. Jun 20, Jannah rated it really liked it Shelves: Short stories were amazing, but I would forget which story I left off at when I took breaks.
That was the only downside. Aug 17, Carol rated it liked it. Normally I don't read short stories, but I read these with interest. They made me think outside the box. Mar 27, Alouise Dittrick rated it liked it. Not a bad book, but just not my kind of book.
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