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In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In the Beginning (Oct. 25, 2016) –Eight authors come together to build a powerful collection of dark young adult short stories inspired by the mysteries, faith, and darkness found within the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament, iconic and obscure figures alike are illuminated, explored, and re-envisioned throughout this charity anthology from Month9Books.

Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Month9Books
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Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
My reason for deciding to read this: I had just finished reading another book which had the narrator making bible references that left me confused and thinking "Someone should do a retelling of some of these stories."
Well, apparently someone heard me because I was informed about this tour the very next day. (Or maybe later that day, I can't say.)

That being said it should be obvious that I've never read the bible. (My grandma use to take me to church but I stopped after they scared the crap out o
***Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***

All anthologies are hit & miss, dependent upon the style of the authors involved. This one's more hit than miss- good ideas, flawed execution.

What's Good: "The Demon was Me" had an organic flow to it, trying to fight the demon's possession even as he knew it was a losing battle. Only thing is you won't understand how a bunch of grown men had so much trouble keeping a teenaged boy restrained... "Deluge" was the best story- seeing N
Erika Messer
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you love bible stories and also love to read things on the darker side then this anthology is perfect for you. The authors take stories from the bible and put an unexpected spin on them. My favorite story is The Deluge because Noah's story is probably my favorite bible story and I liked the way the author portrayed how things could have went so differently. Some have a tinge of the supernatural or paranormal and some don't but they are all wickedly awesome in their own way. The one thing that ...more
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
This was an interesting read. I checked out the blurb and wasn’t sure if it was something for me or not, but I wanted to give it a go. I am glad I did as it was a very unique read, but I see it as more of a Marmite book (meaning that you’ll love it or hate it) and a lot of that may be based on the fact that it is based round a biblical nature.

Don’t let that hold you back. I am not a religious person at all, but I found the stories very interesting and they were written quite well. It is a uniqu
zoë ❅ (fallxnrobin)
Read my full review HERE, inclusive of my thoughts on every story from this anthology.

3.5 stars

The fact that In The Beginning is a retelling of Bible verses and stories was what drew me to pick it up, but I was conflicted. What if I don’t recognise any of the stories that are being retold? Thankfully, there are verses included at the start of each chapter that tell readers where the authors drew their inspiration from and give them a rough idea of what the story may be about.

Each retelling w
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Overall, I’ll balance this book out at about 3 1/2 stars out of 5. Honestly, it wasn’t quite what I expected; I had thought the entire anthology would be more along the fantasy lines of the first two stories, but still, it was thoroughly thought-provoking to see these Biblical histories explored and examined in different ways.

If you'd like to read what I thought of each individual story, you can find the full review on Verbosity Reviews.

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book.
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