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The Doomsday Chronicles

(The Future Chronicles)

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Doomsday. The end of the world as we know it. Some say it will end in fire, some say in ice. Some say it will end with a bang, some with a whimper.

In this title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative fiction anthologies created by award-winning author Samuel Peralta, fifteen authors confront the Apocalypse, the end of days, the undiscovered country from
Kindle Edition, 438 pages
Published March 23rd 2016 by Windrift Books
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Dark Sith Lordette Jennymort ♔
So... There are quite a few 'Mini Stories' within this particular book. So I'll review them one at a time.

'A Mother So Beautiful **3 Stars**
Okay... I'm going to give it to you straight. This little booklet just creeped me the hell out. I don't know how the hell this was even thought of and I don't want to know how this particular story could've ended up being if made into a full novel. I give it three stars because damn if this wasn't a freaking all around original - I've never read anything
I love to read post apocalyptic books and this collection was a wonderful treat.The standouts for me were A Mother So Beautiful by Ann Christy.All I can say is WOW....this story is amazing and is worth the price just for this story alone.Lockdown by Saul Tanpepper was really interesting and had such a unexpected ending.Mia + Vegan Cannibals by S Elliot Brandis was quirky, snarky fun and made me laugh all the way to the end.Staying Behind by Ken Liu was really intriguing and makes me want to read ...more
Angie Taylor
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advanced readers copy of The Doomsday Chronicles in exchange for an honest review. And I'm so glad I have the chance to share my thoughts.

If you love dystopian, science fiction, fantasy based apocalypses, psychological thrillers, or anything of the above set in a futuristic world, than you'll love The Doomsday Chronicles.

This collection of short stories featuring above mentioned settings is a fabulous read by a large group of authors, which includes a couple of authors whose writ
PJ Lea
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Another outstanding chronicle. A vast array of wonderful stories, from the humorous to the intensely creepy, with everything in between. It is, as ever, impossible to choose a favourite, though there are always some I enjoy more than others. I would recommend every single one of these books for the standard of writing and the imagination put in.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another amazin anthology. Loved it and am eaxcited for more! Had varieties which kept me hooked and breeze through chapeters.

Foreword The Way the World Ends by Samuel Peralta
Always amazing as usual, loved it! I always look forward for Mr. Peralta's foreword.
For all the worth they are, when you are gone.

A Mother So Beautiful by Ann Christy
Woaw, how one person can be cause for doom. The reason and the plot had me hooked. In beginning to know what is going on and when I caught up why. Liked it!

Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC of The Doomsday Chronicles in exchange for an honest review*

Oh man. Another GREAT anthology from the future chronicles. These futures are mostly bleak, because Doomsday, but I enjoyed every minute. I want to cover a few of my favorite stories, because I could probably talk about all the talent here for hours if you let me.

A Mother So Beautiful by Ann Christy
I had the pleasure of reading this story in it’s early stages. I was excited to read it again! I didn’t know that it was
Kristin Dutt
Samuel does it again! This is a fantastic addition to The Future Chronicles. Doomsday fits right in perfectly. To read so many different points of views from being part of a apocalypse is exceptional how very different each story is written. I've read from many of these authors before and I have to say this book is just brilliant. This very well could be my favorite of The Future Chronicles. Heck the apocalypse could've happened while I was reading this book and I probably wouldn't have noticed ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had a fine time reading this excellent collection. There’s far more variety in these stories than I expected to find, given the flood of apocalyptic fiction published in the last few years. Doomsday is interpreted in interesting ways by the authors. I found all of the stories intriguing and fun to read.

Although I can usually call one or two stories favorites in most anthologies, I can’t point to any single selection in this book and say I liked that one best. But I did find these tales to be
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Es gab von den thematisch und stilistisch unterschiedlichen Stories im Grunde nur eine, mit der ich nicht zurecht kam: "Mia + Vegan Cannibals". Hier gefiel weder der Stil noch die Geschichte besonders.

Zwei Geschichten waren nicht so ganz mein Fall: "The voices that we keep" empfand ich fast etwas konventionell (in Ermangelung eines anderen Wortes) und in "The Peralta Protocol" gab es für meinen persönlichen Geschmack zu viel militärische Action.

Aber selbst diese beiden letztgenannten Stories z
Julian White
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bit of a cheat, this review, as it refers only to Saul Tanpepper's pitch-perfect short story 'Lockdown' which records the Flense breakout and the end of Life As We Know It as seen by a school classroom teacher trapped in her (?detached/mobile?) classroom with two children when the 'shelter-in-place' security lockdown is implemented. There is a growing sense of dread through the 27 pages as the teacher is cut off from news - even the school communications systems fail and personal phones run out ...more
This collection is full of gems! "Dragonflies," "At Depth's Door" and "Staying Behind" are among my personal favorites, but I think the absolute best is Ann Christy's "A Mother so Beautiful." That one haunted me for days.

This is my favorite of the Future Chronicle series so far (out of what I've read). Only a couple of the stories are what I'd consider 'weak.' If you're going to read any of the chronicles, it should be this.

One great thing about these anthologies is that they're a good way to d
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is another awesome chronicle under the watchful eye of Mr. Samuel Peralta. I have loved everyone I have read and gained so many new authors to read by reading these, it has been so wonderful, I am not sure who gets more out of these the authors or me.
Saul Tanpepper is my newest great find out of this book with his short "Lockdown" being one of my favorites. Also E.R. Arroyo is awesome with her story, oh heck I would just sit here and name them all because they are all so great. Just check o
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great apocalyptic/doomsday anthology

I admittedly bought The Doomsday Chronicles: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction because of two reasons. 1. It had a story by my favorite author, Seanan McGuire, in it. And 2, I happen to love doomsday, apocalyptic type fiction. This one was pretty good. Of course “Dragonflies” by Seanan McGuire was obviously my ultimate favorite, but I was pleased to find other hidden gems. These are my other favorites... "Mia + Vegan Cannibals” by S. Elliot Brandis, "Remembe
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's something about apocalyptic stories that draw me. As I read about the state of the world today, a book about the human race reaping what they sow is timely. Most of the stories were entertaining but three of them were standouts.
A Mother so Beautiful-a horrific crime is committed against a child and years later the world feels her revenge.
Dragonfly-insects the size of dogs? As someone who is sent into hysterics by flying roaches, I wouldn't make it in this world.
Mia+Vegan Cannibals-Okay
Jim Kratzok
If you like the idea of the world ending...

You'll love these stories. They were well written and thoughtful but not altogether my cup of tea. Some held a bit of wonder in them but a few were just downright depressing. I think the collection merits less than 4 stars but I always learned to round up to the next highest number...
Raymond St. Paul
Nov 03, 2019 rated it did not like it

I don't know why people have praise to these combined stories they were boring. Each one, those I could tolerate, dragging onward making me wonder 'is there a plot?' Prior my skipping pages to see if there was one. AVOID THIS BOOK SAVE YOURSELF THE FRUSTRATION TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK!
Cory R. Cramer
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This collection of apocalyptic short stories was compiled spectacularly.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some of these stories were really good and some were just OK. My favorites are Dragonflies, Lockdown, Remembering Hannah and The Peralta Protocol.
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow - just wow. So many fascinating stories in one book. So many different takes on the doomsday theme. This is a sci-fi/dystopian/apocalyptic fan's dream wrapped up with a big bow on top - just waiting to be unwrapped. Some were delightfully dark and creepy, others heart-wrenching or even humorous, but a few of my favs were:

Lockdown by Saul Tanpepper: I'll never be caught without hand sanitizer again. You just know how this story will end, but that didn't keep me from telling these people not t
Tommy Muncie
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
(I will write a more in-depth review later; this is the bitesize version)

This is a good anthology that offers stories with lots of different writing styles between them. Unlike the last one of these I read (The Cyborg Chronicles) there's some YA fiction in this one, which I don't usually read but I can appreciate what makes it good, and it does make a quick read (let's face it, adult sci-fi does sometimes feel a little heavy on the brain, and having the YA is a good idea for easing the brain bet
Teri Sullivan
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Doomsday is here.
How many ways can the apocalypse end the world? You will just have to read this awesome book in order to find out. The end isn't always with nuclear bombs or a reign of fire. All of the stories are thought provoking. I laughed, I cried, I was scared, I always wanted to continue reading. Some of them, you follow the story to an obvious ending, some of them, hit you with a surprising gut punched ending. All of them will leave you wanting more stories from these very talented auth
D.K. Cassidy
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How Will the World End?

When I think of a doomsday scenario I imagine a nuclear bomb, an asteroid, or a deadly virus. After reading this phenomenal volume of stories, I realized how limited my idea of doomsday was.

Each of these talented writers creates scenarios that include: obsession, insect overlords, viruses, vengeance, lost love, moral questions, and much more.

The stories are heartbreaking, frightening, funny (yes funny), bittersweet, and thought provoking. This is not a feel good anthology
Kaleena Rheeya
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, dystopian
This is not my first excursion with the Future Chronicles Anthologies helmed by Samuel Peralta. Every time I finish one of these anthologies I feel hungry to dive deeper into the genres/subjects covered. Each story is masterfully crafted with rich, deeply developed characters and storylines.

Each author has a unique voice which finds its own way to standout and envelop the reader. The theme of Doomsday is also shined in a diverse light. From personal doom premises to multiple world destruction,
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome read. With storytellers like Seanan McGuire and Monica Emderle Pierce, can I say that I think I love Monica, how could you go wrong! And also For me Daniel Arthur Smith and Saul Tanpepper and K.J. Colt and Holly Heisey all knocked one out of the park!
So get the book, but beware of large wolf spiders!
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing continuation of the Future Chronicles series and theirs no dropping of the standards to be seen yet! This time it's looking quite Doomed for the participants!!

All of these short stories are top notch, but my favorites were those by Ann Christy, Daniel Arthur Smith S. Elliot Brandis & the terribly sad Staying Behind from Ken Liu.
Carly Kirk
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I enjoyed all of the stories in this collection. So many new authors to check out! Well worth the price and I'm definitely interested in checking out more Future Chronicles books
Apr 05, 2016 added it
A nice collection of stories. The entries from Ken Liu and Aaron Hubble were my favorites - worth the price of the entire collection just for these. I appreciate the anthologies as a way to introduce new-to-me authors.
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some excellent stories and some okay stories, as is typical for a collection. Overall very enjoyable.
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