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Shatter a mirror, and rearrange the pieces. What shapes will you find in the splintered glass?

Sinister forces roam London’s streets, skulking through the neon-lit rain. They are not alone. Haunted by memories of the man who abandoned her, Amber goes walking in the deep night. The phone box she enters takes her on a journey she could never have imagined, one in which the pa
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 2013 by Ghostwoods Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Simon Proctor
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
First up a couple of disclaimers, this review is based off an ARC provided to me to review the book, so I won’t be picking holes in the layout or editing here. And it was free so feel free to take whatever I say with a pinch of salt.
Also I’m good friends with one of the writers, they know who they are, and fleetingly thoughts about writing for the anthology as well, so again take me thoughts with however my salt you’d like.

Personally I found it a hard book to read, not a bad book but due to it’s
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Nicole
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Red Phone Box is a mystery in book format that unfurls in an infuriatingly teasing way through dozens of chapters which are in fact short stories written by 28 different authors, all interlinked. I supported the Kickstarter project to get the book published and started reading it as soon as the electronic copy was sent to me - while at the beginning I wondered where the story was going, by the end I couldn't let go and was completely hooked. It has romance, magic, technology, dark humour, violen ...more
Christa  Seeley
This review originally posted at More Than Just Magic

The Red Phone Box story cycle is one of the most imaginative and unique stories I have read in a long time.

I can only begin to imagine how much time and hard work went into assembling this collection. I’ve had some experience with anthologies myself and I know how difficult it can be to organize a project around so many different contributor’s – each with their own schedule and deadlines. But what Salomé Jones has done with Red Phone Box is on
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Becky
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to start off by saying that I loved this book! I loved the structure (fairly short pieces) and the concept (twenty-eight different authors but all the stories are interconnected) and found that the overall execution was pretty phenomenal. While my fondness for short stories continues to grow (and I'm a pretty huge fan of them these days) I still really adore the idea of a themed collection. I think it makes it easier to get into even for folks who don't like shorts since the collection ca ...more
Heather
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was already expecting greatness from this book, having been a backer on Kickstarter (albeit a late one) and having gotten a good look at the behind the scene story process. I did somehow miss the fact that it had gone from being a collection of stories having to do with red phone boxes, to being a cycle of interconnected stories involving a particular phone box. This seriously peaked my curiosity; how the heck did they make this work? Well I don't know how they did it but they did! Of course, ...more
Grace Troxel
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some of the stories exist in their own right, while others serve to further a larger plotline that can only be gleaned from reading the stories in order. It’s a bit like a puzzle. As with any collection of short stories, some of them worked for me and others did not. My favorite story was “The Boxed God” by Kate Harrad, which describes a girl trapped in the phone booth in a foreign land. It was incredibly disturbing and although it wasn’t as connected to the other chapters, it served to create a ...more
Alex
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Imagine if you will, a finely woven tapestry. In the very centre of this tapestry, is a beautiful red phone box. Each story line is a singular and brilliant thread, weaved amongst the others to create a collection of wonderful and addictive stories, all linked with one common theme, that central red phone box.

Some contributors have written more than one chapter, some more than others, so you're not going to see a different writing style with each chapter. Regardless of each author's style, they
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Konstantine Paradias
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Red Phone Box is an epic game of Exquisite Corpse, featuring 28 great authors, that pretty much blew my mind. While the sheer tenacity required to pull this project off blows my mind, Salome Jones did make it through and brought a great story cycle to life, with the added benefit of a number of short stories and continuities that you can enjoy, if you find the overarching plot to be too much for you.

Also, during my review, I contacted the writers and explained that the book needs a Dramatis Pers
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Janet
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am just finished the red phone box, it's is a cycle of dark stories which thread together all by different authors. I was lucky enough to be selected as an advance reader, each writer brings a different twist and tone as well as new elements to the shared story telling. I am torn between not wanting to finished it and wanting to finish it to start again knowing more the second time around. http://www.gwdbooks.com/red-phone-box... ...more
Sara Reis
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I won this book in Goodreads' Giveaway.
This book was an extraordinary achievement. I wonder how hard it must have been for writers who never met or spoke to each other to create this interconnected stories and make it work so well.
The only downfall for me is that there are far too many characters and it was very hard to connect with them.
Alex
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine if you will, a finely woven tapestry. In the very centre of this tapestry, is a beautiful red phone box. Each story line is a singular and brilliant thread, weaved amongst the others to create a collection of wonderful and addictive stories, all linked with one common theme, that central red phone box.

Some contributors have written more than one chapter, some more than others, so you're not going to see a different writing style with each chapter. Regardless of each author's style, they
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Zahide Mustafaoglu
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I should probably admit it caught my attention only because Warren Ellis was mentioned among the contributors. But they had me by "A Note from the Editor". It's a neat project and a very good read. Even though I'm not really a fan of overpopulated, à la classic Russian, novels. Recommended for readers who enjoy weird/urban fiction.
Lola Batling
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is engaging and really fuels the mind!It's written so it's easy to be read and has you breathlessly waiting on the next installment.
David
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Too many cooks spoil the broth,” the old saying goes, and for the most part, that’s true—especially when you’re writing a novel-length story. Novels are usually written best by one or two authors; more than that, and it tends to turn into a jumbled mess.

That is precisely why Red Phone Box is so impressive. Edited by Salome Jones, Red Phone Box is a “darkly magical story cycle” written by 29 different authors—and for the most part, it works.

(Full disclosure: I won my copy of the book in a Twitte
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Marjorie Ingall
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: grownups
A dense web of interconnected very short stories by a panoply of different authors centered on (duh) a mysterious red phone box in London. The stories build on each other like a game of Exquisite Corpse, and while I very much admire the work that must have gone into this and the imagination at play....well, as with the game, sometimes it works magically and sometimes it doesn't. There are elements of suspense, horror, mystery and mythology. Threads get picked up and dropped. Character developmen ...more
Amanda
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
i picked this up because i thought that the creative challenge was fascinating: a bunch of different writers writing linked stories that had to be consistent. i enjoyed it; however, urban fantasy tales aren't really my favourite type of reading material & towards the end I was bored by all the descriptions of guns etc. i liked some of the writers' writing better than others, so for me the book was a tad uneven. however, my kudos to those writers who took part. it wasn't an easy thing to tackle & ...more
Adam Christie
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. What a ride :)
David
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Too many cooks spoil the broth,” the old saying goes, and for the most part, that’s true—especially when you’re writing a novel-length story. Novels are usually written best by one or two authors; more than that, and it tends to turn into a jumbled mess.

That is precisely why Red Phone Box is so impressive. Edited by Salome Jones, Red Phone Box is a “darkly magical story cycle” written by 29 different authors—and for the most part, it works.

(Full disclosure: I won my copy of the book in a Twitte
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Sarah
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Red Phone Box is an ambitious set of interconnected stories all centered around a red phone box in London. Nearly all of the stories are intertwined in some way, with the same characters weaving throughout the many different chapters. With twenty-eight different authors, it's hard to imagine how they made it all sound like one cohesive book, but they really did an excellent job in putting it together and making everything flow well.

This is a hard one to categorize -- there are vampires and alien
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John Lester
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A chocolate sampler of a mystery written by 28 authors. And like the box of chocolates some of the short stories were snapped right up while others needed a bite or two to find the overall taste. Like looking for the elusive butter rum cream each story must be read in order so you won't miss out on any of the tasty morsels.
Sweet reading.
Rowena Hoseason
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this ambitious anthology, there are many Londons. And many possibly realities. And other places. Humans who transform into cats (or vice versa). An Egyptian god with the head of a lion and the passion of a satyr. Blood-sealed mystic circles. All are under threat, from deities ancient and awful and some wonderfully modern, in yer face creations which aim to unseat the established order. These are not separate stories, to be read in isolation or in any old order. Instead they’re an impressive c ...more
Adam
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Too many cooks...
Books written by more than one author rarely work, and this falls short because of its own deceit. There is some good writing in here (notable Warren Ellis's contribution - but then I'm a fan), but there is a lot of bad writing, often used to quickly move the plot along, which gets more and more confused by the end. I like the idea, but this didn't work of me.
Janos Honkonen
I just couldn't get into the fragmentary story, and reading the book became a bit of a chore. Decided to give up halfway through, and put the book aside, which I usually don't do. Just didn't work at all for me.
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