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The Memory Eater

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The Memory Eater is an anthology consisting of 27 uniquely illustrated stories based on a device with the ability to locate and destroy any memory in the human mind.

Follow the story of a conflicted man who tries to become the fantasy inside his head by deleting reality. Or the story of a devastated couple who lost their child and turn to a shady Memory Eater doctor to era
Paperback, 306 pages
Published June 24th 2012 by Hance LLC (first published June 19th 2012)
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Oct 24, 2012 Hilary rated it really liked it
I won this book through the first-reads program.

I really love short stories. I especially love collections of short stories that all follow around a basic theme. The Memory Eater is a truly great collection of short stories based around the central premise that a machine exists that can delete selected memories. This Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind like principle is then taken to varying extremes by the contributing authors. It's just fantastic.

Some write from the perspective of those who
Bob Simms
Jul 08, 2012 Bob Simms rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Disclosure time: Let me say first that I have contributed two stories to this anthology, so I won't include my stories in this review, even though, obviously, they're the best

Imagine a world where, for the right price, you could have selected memories simply snipped out. No surgery, no stay in hospital, as convenient as having a tooth filled but without the pain. Well, usually. Where there are no side effects, at least for most people. Where your life can be improved, or at least changed.

This an
Polenth Blake
The anthology is based on the premise that unwanted memories can be erased by a machine. Themed anthologies can suffer from the stories being too samey, and that was a big problem here. I read the first couple of stories, but after that, I skipped and picked a few at random from the rest. I'd hoped to see more of a range of situations, but the ones I chose all read as though they were set in near-future America, and focused on a heterosexual relationship problem. One story had a gay man being mu ...more
Aug 31, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Matthew Hance’s collection of stories titled “The Memory Eater - Stories that Erase the Past to Save the Future” - is a awesomely wild adventure into the lives of people seeking relief from painful memories - and the misfortunes that follow them afterward. The stories range from humorous to tragic and everything in between. A uniquely fresh idea, one that I plan to read over and over! (My favorite story within: "Ask Emily" - It was tragically funny...loved the Advice Columnist). A++

(Thank you Go
Kim Charles Younkin
Jul 19, 2012 Kim Charles Younkin rated it it was amazing
I'm a contributing author to this anthology; my short story is called "When Eva Braun was in Love" and focuses on the use of the futuristic memory-erasing device to change the path of the Holocaust. A unique anthology filled with stores not just in the sci-fi genre, but across all genres. There's something for everyone in it! You can buy it at to check it out yourself!
A device that can remove memories becomes an important facet of life. This anthology deals with how this would affect different people, in different ways. The black market uses, the abuses of power, and of course conspiracy theories. For the most part this anthology is interesting, thought-provoking, and at times funny. Definitely worth reading if you're a fan of the genre.
John Otte
Jul 30, 2012 John Otte rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
As a warning up front, I have a story in this book, so take this with a grain of salt. Or a boulder of one.

I really enjoyed reading the (other) stories in this book. Some were good, some were . . . well, not so much, but as of right now, I think my favorite is "Souvenirs of Another Life" by Lauren C. Teffeau. Really good stuff.
Emily Gard west
Jul 18, 2012 Emily Gard west rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am trying to read this, but for some reason the I can't see the last few sentences on each page. Very distracting. I have read the first story, which was great, but I probably won't read any more unless it is fixed. Anyone else have this problem?
Kate Robinson
May 05, 2013 Kate Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Author Joe DiBuduo and I have a story in this collection ("Lost Memories" - the only historical piece) so I'm a bit biased! I love the theme and am finding the stories to be consistently fun, spooky, and interesting.
Teo smite
Jul 20, 2012 Teo smite rated it it was amazing
I find that Short Stories anthologies are often too hit or miss for me. This book is not that way. I really enjoyed the different takes on a central theme.
Matthew Hance
Sep 03, 2013 Matthew Hance added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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