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Epic Fails

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Eight epic fantasy stories that have a common theme—failure. Sometimes dark but often funny, these tales paint other worlds where things didn’t work out the way the main character planned.
• A Lesson in Summoning—an apprentice learns how summon Shrong demons.
• A Boy with No Name on a Horse Called Spot—a young man must earn his adult name.
• Cheating Death—an untrustworthy Gr
ebook, 142 pages
Published November 25th 2013

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Dec 31, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing
It's so secret that I think Scott Rhine is brilliant, and this anthology of fantasy shorts would be a great way for you to find out just how talented he is. My favorite was "The Loneliness Drug," a stream-of-consciousness treat for the mind. Ranging from serious to silly, there is something here for everyone.

I edited the stories in this anthology a few at a time over the past year or so, and they were awesome. I do not receive remuneration based on sales, and all opinions are my own.
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Oct 15, 2016 Tabitha Ormiston-Smith rated it really liked it
This collection is a very pleasant way to while away a Sunday afternoon. I didn't love all of the stories equally well; I disliked Of Mycenaean Men and The Loneliness Drug, but the wonderful Agents of Fortune made up for everything. Rhine's strength as a writer lies more in the concrete than the abstract, I feel, and when the leavening touch of humour is left out, as in The Loneliness Drug, or overdone, as in Of Mycenaean Men, the story falters. Overall, though, I enjoyed the collection very ...more
David King
Apr 27, 2016 David King rated it really liked it
“Epic Fails” by Scott Rhine is an anthology of fantasy short stories which all focus around one fundamental point, failure. By calling it fantasy however, you should not expect any Epic, High Fantasy here, the fantasy on show here is rooted in our own world. Due to the stories being based around failure, I found that the collection contains and interesting mix of both humour and darkness.

Rhine provides the reader with an introduction to each story, providing an element of background to each one
Jan 08, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Epic Fails by Scott Rhine is a 2013 publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This collection of short stories falls into the fantasy genre, for the most part. The author provides us with an introduction to each story, explaining when he wrote the story or what was going on in life at the time or what gave him the idea for the story. When I say "fantasy", keep in mind this is not High Fantasy. These stories could fall into speculative fiction
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Nov 25, 2013 Scott Rhine added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Scott Rhine wanted to find a job that combined his love of reading with math problem solving, so he studied both short stories and computer languages. As a techno-gypsy, he worked on optimizing some of the fastest and largest supercomputers in the world. A couple of degrees, patents, and children later, at forty-eight, he still didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. When his third ...more
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