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Altered Perceptions

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
The science fiction/fantasy anthology ALTERED PERCEPTIONS, is kind of like a bonus DVD full of deleted scenes and alternate versions of some of your favorite authors’ books.

Ally Condie: the foreword; Dan Wells the introduction; Annette Lyon: An unpublished chapter from her retelling of the Finnish fairy tale, THE KALEVALA; Aprilynne Pike: TBA; Brandon Mull: Deleted scenes
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published October 2014
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Michael West
Dec 02, 2014 Michael West rated it it was amazing
I gave this 5 stars not for the content (as most are deleted/altered scenes) - but for the cause. This book is/was for a fundraiser for a particular person with a mental illness to help him out and also to spread awareness of mental health issues. Each author who contributed to the anthology shares his or her thoughts and/or experiences of mental health issues. I have not had any close contact with mental illness and some of these experiences are very personal and I am grateful for their ...more
May 02, 2015 Terra rated it really liked it
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What a fabulous book! While I originally bought this because it was to support a good cause for local authors I have met personally, I got so much more than I ever expected. The real gems in this book are not the glimpse into works I have already read at different states - which was amazing, don't get me wrong - but rather the personal essays and stories of real people struggling with mental health issues. Everyday folks you might not ever know this about. What a wonderful gift this is for ...more
Chris McGrath
I picked this book up for Brandon Sanderson's original chapters from his first attempt at The Way of Kings, and it was a really interesting read because clearly that book was an entirely different story. It's appropriate that Kaladin's name changed because he is 100% different. His may have been an interesting story as I tend to like these underdog/coming-into-power tales, but as a character he fell pretty flat, especially compared to who he became in the published version. So it was cool to rea ...more
Erica Scott
Jan 26, 2015 Erica Scott rated it it was amazing
I read this from cover to cover. In some ways, it was 2 books in one: a collection of mostly autobiographical essays on mental illness, alongside a compilation of short stories. Some of the essays held equal merit, if not higher, than their accompanying short stories. I was familiar with about 50% of the authors, and ended up adding almost all of the new-to-me authors to my "to read"list. Alternatively thought-provoking and entertaining, well worth the read.
Nov 26, 2016 Clint rated it really liked it
This rating is for Brandon Sanderson's short story in this book. I skipped all the others.
Nov 14, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing
Fair warning - I've only fully read Brandon Sanderson's section so far, as it's the only one I've read the final book of. My apologies to the other authors - I've read the intros, but in many cases I'd like to read the final works first so I don't spoil anything!

It was wonderful to read the chapters (to the point where I was gutted when it ended!) but far more, it was just amazing to see the change from this version, which was great 4* story in the making, one I would have happily read, to the m
Mailee Pyper
This was a super interesting anthology. It is really neat to see some of the behind the scenes scenes from some of my favorite books/authors. As it is an anthology put together to help an author with mental illnesses before each excerpt is an essay about each writers experience with mental illness. I did not read all of the excerpts as I have not read all of the books some of the scenes are from and wouldn't have the context for them, but I did read all the essays about various authors ...more
Dec 23, 2014 Dianna rated it really liked it
My review is primarily for Sanderson's first draft of "The Way of Kings," which is the main reason I bought this anthology.

The amount that this story has changed from Sanderson's initial version written in 2002 to the published version is ridiculous. I felt like I was reading a completely different book...there were small cosmetic differences such as character names and the world setting, but there was also a huge gap in the intrinsic personalities of some of the characters I've grown to learn a
Feb 09, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
This aptly named anthology is full of good stuff. The essays on mental health, in particular, are something everyone should read. You won't find a group more able to give insights into the realness of mental illnesses than writers. Even those who don't personally deal with mental illness had some helpful things to say on the subject.

The extra stuff is fun, as well. I didn't read everything, but it was fun to read the extras for books I've already read. I really wish Jessica Day George hadn't cut
Dec 10, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
I really loved reading the essays that each author provided. It is so great to see such openness about what is still a very sensitive subject. I would recommend this book to people based on the essays alone.

I will admit to not having read several of the stories, as they were scenes from second or third books that I had not read. Of those that I did read, I found that I enjoyed them all.

Being able to read the original scenes from Way of Kings was most definitely the highlight for me, even if re
May 22, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing
This is an anthology put together to help author Robison Wells overcome debt incurred due to medical bills from mental illness. The indiegogo campaign was so successful that the amount acquired above that required to pay of Mr. Wells debt was given to other authors in need. It contains contributions from dozens of authors spanning many genres. Each author contributed something which related to the theme, either something to do with mental illness, deleted scenes from published works, early ...more
Todd Ross
Dec 01, 2014 Todd Ross rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I really wanted to like this book, its such a great concept. Unfortunately, there are maybe a couple of authors I've ever even heard of, and only 2 that I was actually interested in reading (Mary Robinette Kowal and Brandon Sanderson). I really enjoyed their sections, especially Sanderson's as it was quite great.

I'd give the vast majority of the book 1-2 stars, but the Sanderson chapters in particular are almost a must read for any fan of his.

Either way, I'm glad I backed this on indiegogo as it
Jan 01, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
As someone who has been dealing with mental illness my whole life, this anthology is very special to me. I'm so glad that these wonderful authors have spoken out about how devastating living with mental illnesses can be, and that they send a message that you are not alone.

Some of my all time favorite authors contributed including Jessica Day George, Lauren Oliver, and Erin Bowman, along with many other amazing authors. I'm so glad I was able to read this and hope that this anthology will help o
Jan 16, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it
The best part of this book is the essays/notes from authors on how mental illness has touched each of their lives; some in huge ways, some in small. The fiction itself is usually only interesting if you have read the authors' other work, as it is mostly a collection of deleted scenes or alternate scenes from their published works.
Jul 31, 2015 Angela marked it as maybe-baby  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 02, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the personal stories, but since I wasn't familiar with many of the books that the deleted scenes came from, I didn't care so much about those.
Aimee Morgan
May 28, 2015 Aimee Morgan rated it really liked it
If you like to watch the deleted scenes and blooper reel on your DVDs, you'll like this - deleted and unedited scenes from a number of books from a number of authors, and all for a good cause.
Holly Valluzzi
Jan 05, 2015 Holly Valluzzi rated it liked it
Pretty soon, I will be exclusively reading authors from Utah. Goodness, there were a lot of great teasers in here!
Dec 06, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading the personal essays from each author about their experiences with mental illness. Also enjoyed the chapters from an early version of Way of Kings.
2 hardcovers, signed by Sanderson and Wells, #'d 76 and 77

read 12/17/2014 - I skipped most of the stories that were part of sequels for series that I had not started to avoid spoilers.
Jan 03, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
Interesting collection of previously unpublished work from various authors, mostly alternate versions of chapters or bits that didn't make it into larger works.
The essays on mental illness were my favorite parts, but Shannon Hale's teen girl angst/alien story was absolutely fantastic!
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Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is he author of the Partials series (Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins), the John Cleaver series (I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don't Want To Kill You), and a few others (The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc). He was a Campbell nomine for best new ...more
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