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Love, Murder & Mayhem: Cosmic Tales of the Heart Gone Deadly Wrong

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Love science fiction stories that all include elements of Love, Murder & Mayhem? Then welcome to the latest anthology from Crazy 8 Press! This amazing collection from 15 all-star authors will delight you with superhero and supervillain stories. AI, off-world, and space cruiser stories. We’ve also got private eyes, sleep surrogates, time travel, an aliens/monsters mash-up a ...more
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Published June 18th 2017 by Crazy 8 Press
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‘Love, Murder & Mayhem’ is a collection of 15 short stories from different authors. The book offers a wide variety of plots, characters, world settings and themes. Yet they have the common themes of Love, Murder and Mayhem.

I am not a sci-fi buff but I enjoyed this anthology immensely as the author have done an excellent job of keeping things simple yet interesting. From a AI detective, to sleep surrogates, to the cleanup crew – the stories encompass a wide set of characters in different world se
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
This is the strongest collection of stories that I can remember reading in the last few years -- 15 stories and only 1 that didn't work for me (it was fine, I just didn't think it took advantage of the SF setting). I really would like to post a few paragraphs about each story -- but wow, that's too much to write and/or read. Especially when you can just go buy the book and read them instead. Each of these stories, all
For the sake of clarification, this is a crossover anthology that combines science fiction and mystery. Although there are romantic relationships, readers looking for conventional Romance genre elements will be disappointed. Love can be found in these stories, but HEA is optional. Expect the unexpected.

I received a free copy of Love, Murder and Mayhem edited by Russ Colchamiro in return for this review. I recognized a few author names such as Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman and Robert Greenb
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was looking forward to reading this book as something different than I had been reading lately and it did not disappoint. I am not typically a reader of AI and other sci-fi books but this book offered a good break from the rom-com, paranormal, and western romances that I typically read.

If you are looking for something a little off your normal beaten path, I recommend you give this book a try. It offers a taste of a variety of genres that a
Fatima Alsuwaidi
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

Love, murder & mayhem by Russ Calchamiro

Review by Fatima Ahmed Alsuwaidi

A collection of cosmic short stories written by different authors about, superheroes, supernatural powers and robots far more human than humans themselves.

This book a highly entertaining with good length short stories. They are not too short, not too long but they do provide enough information about each world and atmospheres it's set in. Most of the characters are well written, fully matured and have a purpose (either it w
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: This book was kindly sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start by saying that this is by far one of my favourite anthology that I read in the past couple of years (4.5/5 stars). It contains 15 stories that play with science fiction and mystery elements. I couldn't imagine that an anthology with such diverse stories could work, but it does - you have Mars colonies stories, alien stories, superheroes stories, detective stories, droids stories, you name it, then throw in
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a super entertaining collection of unpredictable, well-written tales. Each story is dramatically different from the others in subject matter and tone, yet they somehow all work together in this book. One of the most original and fun anthologies I've read in a long time. Highly recommended! ...more
Privy Trifles
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it

This book is such an interesting combination of sci-fi with romance that for a moment I was awestruck trying to imagine love, murder and mayhem with sci-fi as the backdrop. But believe me when I say, the authors have done such an amazing job at keeping a fine balance between the two genres and doing perfect justice to both. I honestly confess here, that was something I was skeptical about when I started reading it.

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Ken Altabef
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Editor Russ Colchamiro has assembled a great line-up of authors for a wild and unpredictable collection of scifi mysteries. Many of the author names I've seen before and some were new. The stories range from intense to hilarious, but all of them compelling. Every reader will be sure to have their favorites, but overall this collection is a home run. ...more
Pratibha Pandey
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful collection ,with so much emotions attached to each character. Enjoyed this.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a blast! 15 mysteries from 15 authors. Superheros, private eyes, time travel. And a monster mash vs aliens! So much fun.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I bought the paper copy of this book at Shore Leave last weekend, and here it is the next weekend, and I'm done! This is the first Crazy 8 Press book I've read so quickly, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. That's not to say the other C8 books I have (anthologies only) were less interesting, just that this one hit the mark for me, bang-on. Each story has its own element of "love, murder & mayhem," in varying degrees (some with distinct surprises and twists) and all held me to the end. I can't ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Love, Murder and Mayhem is a fifteen story collection filled with superheroes, sci-fi action and lots of humour. This anthology was a refreshing surprise for me because I’m not usually a fan of science fiction or superhero stories and yet I thoroughly enjoyed reading these delightful little gems. There isn’t one that I can single out as having not been enjoyable and it’s very hard to choose one that would be my favourite. Super Mom’s Cookie Caper is a cozy little story about a superhero mom try ...more
Kathryn Parry
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing

A goon's tale - Kelly Meding

Not what I expected but a bitter little revenge story. Short but enough to count as a story.

The reboot of Jennis Viatorem - Karissa Laurel

I did love this story but felt it cut off a little too sharply. Would have liked a conclusion.

Fractured - Robert Greenberger

Interesting story. I like that you didn't know which direction it was heading.

A Matter of Principle - Lois Spangler

Ok felt more of a scene than a story but still entertaining.

The case of the missing Alien
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are several good gems in this sci fi, mystery collection. My rating 4.25.

This is an interesting collection of 15 short stories with superheros, villains, detectives, and aliens. Several of the stories are good mysteries and others were wonderfully funny with twists. There were a couple of stories near the beginning that left me wondering what was the goal or purpose; perhaps the authors have better longer works, but the shorts seemed incomplete with abrupt endings. It is worth reading beyo
Hemantkumar Jain
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The tagline on the cover - ‘Cosmic Tales of the Heart gone Deadly Wrong’ - sets the mood of the stories wrapped inside this anthology bundle. Also, the stories live up to the book title and give you a generous helping of love, murder and mayhem / chaos.

This collection with stories from 15 authors has super-heroes and super-villains; in diverse sci-fi futuristic worlds with other world creatures, artificial intelligence and space as well as time travel thrown in to complicate things further. The
Mahathi Ramya
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't like sci fi though i love anthology. This book has a good collection of stories with romance, revenge and murders. All stories have a sci fi background. Usually, we see a lot of imagination in scifi stories but this book has a combination of emotional stories. 

I should really appreciate the editor for selecting good stories and sequencing them well. 

Though I couldn't relate to one or 2 stories, most of them made sense and they are interesting. The cover of the book and the title are very
The problem about anthologies is that there are always going to be stories you enjoy, and others you didn't. For me personally, about half of these short stories were very 'blah', quite bland, not captivating and instantly forgettable.

I wanted more mayhem, I like dark stories that can be uncomfortable to read, but unfortunately most of these shorts were uncomfortable in the sense that I was checking how many pages were in each as I began another, just so I knew how much I had to push myself thro
Rich Henn
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
​A killer collection. If you're a scifi and superhero geek, or just you like mysteries from talented writers, this is the anthology to buy. You can't go wrong. ...more
James Dyar
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
an expansive series of stories that run the gambit of human emotions, even when the definition of human is kind of vague. I definitely enjoyed Aaron Rosenberg's contribution, and will be keeping an eye on this author in the future. an all around solid offering ...more
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RUSS COLCHAMIRO is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the zany sci-fi backpacking series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the sci-fi mystery anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem, and contributing author for his newest project, Murder in Montague Falls, a noir novella collection, all with Crazy 8 Press.

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