A slash of fire on the horizon marked where the sun was setting and silhouetted the ugly, squat fortress guarding the harbour mouth. It was supposed to be a routine mission according to Teren Lemmick, Guild Master but also his oldest friend. Mirrorsmiths tended towards the superstitious and worlds like Ysreal, with its triple moons, were considered inauspicious but this went deeper than that. Wails were sensitive to heightened emotion. He checked his accoutrements once more then headed for Abilon, thinking it best to get this trip over with as quickly as possible.
Despite the lateness of the hour, the streets of Abilon were crowded.
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Every third house seemed to be selling ale and shabby, ill-visaged townsfolk bumped and barged their way through the densely-packed lanes. Junah knew roughly where the inn lay but he had previewed it during daylight and it took him a while to reach the waterfront. He spent a few minutes reconnoitering then pulled his hood up and entered the tavern. Not surprisingly most of the patrons were fishermen and the uneven floorboards must have made them feel right at home.
Junah jostled his way through the raucous hubbub, towards the booth where he had arranged to meet his accomplice, but an overripe, blousy serving girl intercepted him. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fusion , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Fusion is a collection of short stories from my Breakwater Harbor Books members. There's a little something for everyone in it-science fiction, romance, and also including my own horror romance story - Life Ever After. The prequel to the upcoming- Odium. Looking forward to Odium?
You'll want to download this anthology when it comes out then! The best part is, it will be a free download, no excuses.
Jul 17, Karen Perkins rated it it was amazing. A must read for any lover of apocalyptic horror. Sep 18, Adam Oster rated it really liked it. Like a literary sampler platter, this book offers a taste of writing from a number of fantastic authors, each causing the reader to crave for more. Luckily for the reader, each of these short stories seem to serve as a prelude to greater works by the author.
From what I could gather, only one of the stories included in this collection is not connected to a novel, but I honestly didn't do my research. Although difficult to review the collection as a whole without going into detail on my thoughts o Like a literary sampler platter, this book offers a taste of writing from a number of fantastic authors, each causing the reader to crave for more. Although difficult to review the collection as a whole without going into detail on my thoughts on each specific story within, I can honestly say that almost every one of these stories does a tremendous job of showcasing the talents of the author that wrote it.
I've only read one of the novels by the authors in here, so I can't say for certain of their talents in the full-length novel format, but I can say that they all seem to be able to capture the moments contained within their short stories with deft prose, creating a world and crafting characters with as few words as possible so as to allow the greater story to shine through. Since this is a free book although I believe I actually paid a buck for it on Amazon so I didn't have to do the work to copy it over to my Kindle Aug 22, Gregory Carrico rated it really liked it.
I was given a copy of her story to review. Claire Riley brings a refreshing new voice to an arena that has a penchant for churning out a lot of the same old stuff. Three boxes checked right off the bat. When violence breaks out at the shopping mall, for example, Nina has too This review is based on my reading of Life Ever After, by Claire C. When violence breaks out at the shopping mall, for example, Nina has too much violence going on in her new heels to pay it much attention.
This story is much heavier in pros than cons, but I found the present tense voice a little distracting at first. After the first page I was too involved with Nina and Ben to give it another thought. Oct 19, Priscilla rated it really liked it. Written in the first person narrative, this hauntingly beautiful tale tells the story of Oren Gale, a musician who seeks his muse, Cybilla. Gale has loved this beautiful woman since the moment she first came to his dream. Gale desperately searches for her, struggling to bring her back to the mortal world.
He then crossed paths with many colourful characters like the daughters of the water, Kira and Dia, Janus, the old gentleman and Carmenta, the oracle. The story behind Cybilla ia astonishing, not Written in the first person narrative, this hauntingly beautiful tale tells the story of Oren Gale, a musician who seeks his muse, Cybilla. The story behind Cybilla ia astonishing, not what I had expected. What I like best about the short story is that Gale is a remarkable character. Even though he had his future stolen, he remained upbeat. Instead of being whiny and bitter, he-to phrase from the book-turned around and shared the water of life with a stranger.
Memorable quote from Cybilla: Oh hope, you are a fragile thing. I received this book in exchange of my honest review. Aug 15, Rachel Olson rated it really liked it. Riley's Life Ever After is a fantastic short story! It's one of those flesh eating undead kind of stories that you want to call predictable, but the truth is you really just don't know for sure what's going to happen. It holds you through the entirety of it, squeezing just tight enough that you don't know if you want to gag or disembowel yourself just for some sort of relief yes, it's that pleasant NOTE: It holds you through the entirety of it, squeezing just tight enough that you don't know if you want to gag or disembowel yourself just for some sort of relief yes, it's that pleasant.
If you're not into gruesome or are faint at heart, don't read this. I personally loved it and can't wait for part two! Definite 4 stars for Claire, and a high recommendation for all my dark side dwellers out there! Sep 07, chucklesthescot rated it liked it Shelves: Junah the Mirrorsmith seeks out fragments of mirrors to be safely destroyed before these slivers infect humans causing death or madness. A plague occurs in Abilon and he goes to investigate. I'm not a huge fan of this style of fantasy-scifi but I did enjoy this story.
It's tough to develop character in a short story but Junah was likable and his quest to stop the plague and find the slivers of contaminated mirrors that came through the planet gateways to infect people was an interesting concept and not one that I had seen before, which is always nice! The side characters that we meet on his journey are all interesting in their own ways and add to the story. It's hard to say much without giving away the story but I liked the way the plot moved on. If anything, perhaps I'd have liked it to be a bit longer just to get some more action and tension into it.
I would certainly look at more by this author, and would maybe look at any other books set in this world. A social misfit who is haunted by the dead has to investigate when students at his school start to go missing, with only his diary to protect him. Nina and Ben are on the verge of divorce when the zombie apocalypse comes. When their plan to stay safe in their house fails, they must make a run for it to try and reach safety. Really enjoyed this story! I felt that this was a very realistic look at how an ordinary couple would deal with a sudden zombie outbreak. Do we stay at home and wait for help or risk a road trip to get to the country?
What do we take? What do we need? Can the zombies get in? It made me think about what I would want to do in that situation. Nina and Ben are nicely developed through their interaction with each other before the zombies arrive, and during the crisis itself and both are likable characters. The zombie incidents are nicely written with plenty tension and a little bit of gore to keep horror fans happy!
This was the best story in the book and a prequel to zombie novel Odium. The essence of dead planets once invited into the human body give the host great powers but using the powers drains their life away bit by bit. I found this story very confusing and not to my taste at all. It starts with a man called Ineal and we get a bit about his back story as he crashes down to a planet with the alien essence.
Then we never hear of him again. A man appears later called Ivanus with no back story. I wondered if the author during a new draft had decided to change the name of the character and forgot to do a complete edit. Then there was the jumping back and forward between present and past which was not always clear. I didn't like the way it was written, described or structured and gave up halfway through it. A man falls in love with a muse who is trapped in another dimension and goes on a quest to deem himself worthy to rescue her.
This was the surprise of the book for me. I'm not a romance type person and that is what the blurb sounded like but it was so much more than that. Our hero is obsessed with his muse who can only visit him for limited times before returning to where she is captive. Other men have tried and failed to complete a mythological quest to find and claim her. The quest was fascinating, testing him in different ways and I was caught up in the story. Beautifully written, well developed.
A greedy man marries a talented artist and forces her to draw things for him to pass off as his own to make him rich. I just never got into this story at all. There was nothing wrong with the way the story was written-it just wasn't my thing. I'm not interested in art or painting and I'm not interested in love stories so I didn't expect this to be a favourite! Stibbe-Until the Ninth hour: The reign of a serial child killer is brought to a halt by the police but there are a few more shocks in store. I liked this story. The characters are well developed and the plot is excellent. We find out about the last moments of a serial killer's victim from the killer, which is chilling and we get a tension filled side story developing as we follow the victim's father going to confront the man who took his daughter.
Chilling, sad, touching all the same time! Very well written and will look out for more work in this genre by the author. Overall I enjoyed this anthology and will look at further releases from Breakwater Harbor books. Fusion upholds a high quality. Aug 30, Rhonda rated it really liked it Shelves: I found Fusion to be an entertaining read.
Lots of different genres and writing styles. As with any anthology, some stories were better than others and there were a couple I found it hard to get into, but then enjoyed them as I read on. I'm sure it had something to do with those stories not being genres I typically read. Nina' I found Fusion to be an entertaining read. Nina's Story by Claire C. This last is a prequel to Ms. Riley's upcoming novel, Odium, and I can't wait to read it. I'll be looking for more from some of these authors, but especially, Stibbe and Riley.
Jul 16, Ken Mooney rated it really liked it. A fascinating group of stories that has helped me to discover some fabulous new authors. Standout stories here include Riley, Amberlake and Haig, although I was already familiar with their work. The pleasant surprise for me came with Dee Harrison's story that left me eager to get to know a lot more of her work. Fusion does what it says on the tin and is a mix of stories from sci-fi, fantasy, Roman mythology and hard detective fiction, with some zombies and ghosts thrown in for good measure. Do I A fascinating group of stories that has helped me to discover some fabulous new authors.
Do I want to read more from these authors? Jul 25, Eli Constant rated it really liked it Shelves: A variety of stories from a group of talented authors. Each tale had a particular personality and positive qualities; a few stories, like the contributions of Claire C. Of course, there were one or two entries that did not capture me as well, but nonetheless, I would recommend this as an anthology of worth-while reads. Sep 04, Jennifer rated it really liked it.
I liked this book for it's story variety. Some of the authors I will definitely be looking up to read their books. Jul 16, San rated it it was amazing. I will update this, but so far I have enjoyed this collection. It's had strong characters and well written story lines. Well worth getting and reading.
A great addition to any book collection. May 17, Jay Phillippi rated it liked it. Breakwater Harbor Books is a group of self-published authors that have banded together for promotional and support purposes. This is just what it says, a collection of their short works. Sadly, the quality of that work varies widely from one end of the collection to the other.
Even worse the lead off story is my least favorite. The language is baroque with simple concepts adorne Breakwater Harbor Books is a group of self-published authors that have banded together for promotional and support purposes. The language is baroque with simple concepts adorned in elaborate vocabulary.
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The story struck me as awkward and halting. It was bad enough that I nearly stopped reading at that point. Things didn't get any better with "Diary of the Gone" by Ivan Amberlake. Amberlake's writing reads like the product of a modestly talented ninth grader. He hasn't learned how to tell a story and gets caught up in what he thinks is clever word play.
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Instead we end up with peculiar sentence structure and ideas left hanging without any connection to the story. Even when I re-scanned the story for this review I have no idea what it's about. It revolves around high school students and some mysterious activity in a local swamp. Part 1" by Claire C. Riley was the first stories in this collection that made me think it might be worth continuing to the end of the collection. He vomited onto the trackway, just thankful that there was no-one to witness his most pitiful entrance ever.
He loathed the smell of mouldy greens — it stirred up too many reminders of his wretched childhood in the back alleys of Varna, largest city on his homeworld of Vargo — but this was kabbige soup intensified tenfold. When his heaving subsided, Junah sank down onto his rump, trying to ignore the early evening dew which was soaking into his leggings.
He pulled a kerchief from his belt-purse, to wipe the spittle from his lips, and cursed this ill-favoured world. Sissik, his wail, chittered and scurried around him like a silver-furred cyclone, mewing her distress. Junah winced when she skipped onto his tender stomach, the better to peer into his face with her large, prosimian eyes.
He ran a finger down her spine and she slowly relaxed beneath his touch. Junah delved into his purse a further time and extracted a couple of lozenges from a packet. A few chews later and he could smell nothing. Junah clambered to his feet and peeled the sodden fabric from his buttocks. Sissik took her accustomed place on his shoulders, hiding beneath his long, dark hair and curled around his neck like a fur collar.
Wails were native to all the worlds of the Regium, even the undeveloped ones like Abilon. Some wails, the silver-furred ones like Sissik, were prized for their ability to generate the acoustic frequencies that Mirrorsmiths depended upon. Others, the plumper, browner ones, made good eating. Whenever Sissik irritated him, which was often, Junah threatened to dye her coat russet.
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