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Enter into the worlds beyond our world, where dragons hunt through the skies on emerald wings, and metal ships hurl through the heavens across the void of space. Written by the award-winning author and screenwriter, Michael Eging, Tales of the Lost Horizon is a collection of speculative short stories and poetry that spans a millennium across realms of fantasy, history, and ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published December 15th 2020 by Maelstrom
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Abbie | nerdyabbie
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
⭐️ 2.75 / 5 ⭐️

An interesting collection of Sci-Fi/Fantasy poetry & short stories.

I didn’t enjoy this as much as I was expecting. The only short story I liked was the one based on Arthurian legend. A bit of a letdown but oh 🐳

Big thank you to BooksGoSocial for sending me an ARC of this book!
Maya
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant collection of Fantasy/Sci-Fi stories, poems and art.

This book contains a vast collection of different short stories and poems. It starts out with high fantasy/mythology and ends with Sci-Fi/apocalyptic short stories. The theme of each story is different, some have good endings and some don't. Yet they all somehow fit toghether. Just when I thought "Hm, all these different high fantasy settings are staring to repeat themselves a little", the next stories took place in the present or f
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Erin Clements
eARC provided by Netgalley.

I wanted so desperately to love this book, because it's right up my alley -- poetry and fantasy/sci-fi are my favorite genres. Unfortunately, this book just didn't land. The only story I enjoyed reading was The Lost Spell, which was an incredible Arthurian/Merlinian tale. I struggled to get through everything else and ended up skimming most of the longer short stories because I just couldn't take it anymore. I struggled not to DNF the entire thing, especially after I f
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Rebecca Crunden
I sit alone to contemplate
the workings of a muse.
Yet the pages still seem blank,
I wonder what's the use.


This is a collection of poetry, short stories and artwork which was so well done. Seriously, the illustrations are fantastic. Definitely worth checking out for those who like fantasy collections and mixed poetry/prose/art.

➵ thank you netgalley for the free arc in exchange for an honest review ♡
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Milly Reynolds
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This digital copy was sent to me by Netgalley for review.

This is the first time that I have come across Michael Eging, author of 'Annwyn's Blood', and the idea of reading a selection of short stories and poetry by a fantasy writer appealed, even though it is a genre I do not usually read.
As with any collection of short stories, you will always find some that you prefer more than others and this was the case for me. Looking firstly at the poetry, the highlights for me were 'Antony, he goes not al
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Sonee
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the book even though I don't typically read within the genre. I was drawn to it because it included poetry and short stories, both of which I do read. What I enjoyed the most was the variety. Each poem and story was so different that it almost seemed as if they were written by different authors. The illustrations were also nice. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that I wish there was something deeper that connected the stories, or that the author explained why he c ...more
S
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I saw that I can get an ARC of this book from NetGalley despite the release date having come and gone, and with a cover like that it was a bit hard for me to scroll away.

This book was recieved in exchange of an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and BookGoSocial for the opportunity.

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Overall, I think that Michael Eging has a very ambitious and creative mind because of the amount of different story-lines and themes he discusses in this collection. That being said, not every stor
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Jason
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
This collection of sci-fi/fantasy short stories and poetry was really intriguing to me and i would say i enjoyed a lot of the poems on here. Despite the different settings and themes what i really found unique; and appreciate is the fact that a lot of the stories end in tragedies. Ive been pleasantly surprised by some of the plot twists on here and i do recommend certain stories a lot!! I especially enjoyed The Lost Spell, From Beyond the Grave and The Cyborg’s Heartache. The former for how acce ...more
Seher
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Firstly, thank you, NetGalley for the Ebook.

I have mixed feelings about this book; mostly because even though I'm not a huge fan of the genre I really did like the short stories. Procession of the Ants, The Lost Spell, What's in a name (spoiler alert; the dragon is my favorite in that story), Dancing with Demons are all fantastic stories. I was about to list my favorite ones but then I realized I actually liked all of them. I loved the art and I loved that he created a book that mixed poetry and
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KatsCauldron
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great easy read of a gamut of short stories & poems, am sure you will find a jewel or more in this to hold dear. My notes on this collection though odd will add.
Indras indulgence makes weak Visnu to set straight
pawns or players everyone has a role & few come out on top for long thus is the Romans
oh father I beg thee, may I always be fair in your eyes & stay in your grace to always ride by your side & ne'r find myself fleeing & be that of the hunted
old elven mage off to find his stolen grimoire f
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Zaba Cita Novine
Jan 07, 2021 added it
Shelves: dnf, arcs
I read about 20% of the book (3 poems and 2 stories) and can't, for the love of me, remember what they were all about. The writing style didn't fit me at all.

So instead of finishing and torturing myself and leaving a horrible feedback, I'm deciding to leave it at that - the writing style was not my cup of tea.

I loved the concept, tho!
I like me a good mixture of short stories (poetry not that much). And I LOVE that rising artists were invited and involved in the book as well - everyone with the
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Shelley
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley-arcs
This is a hard one to review as I have so many mixed feelings. My rating is based on my own feelings towards the book but would definitely be different if I was reading to a child.

I really enjoyed the poems. I have never read fantasy ones before and I enjoyed them immensely. I almost wish the book was all poems and not a mix of poems and short stories.

The short stories for me were a bit flat. There was very little character building or backstory for things which for me detracted from the impac
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Jess Fossil
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it
eARC provided by NetGalley.

Decent collection of Science Fiction/Fantasy works.

I'm torn as to how to describe this properly, but it boils down to: Some works where enjoyed, others I glossed over.

The poetry, I felt, was relatively boring but I'll admit that I'm not the largest fan of it, so take that as you will. I enjoyed the short stories more, but they were all wildly different from their presentation and prose, to their ideas and source material. The Lost Spell was definitely my favorite of
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Stephie | Stephiereads
I received an earc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review

I'm having a hard time rating this. I gave it two stars in the end, but that doesn't seem entirely fair to me. I think I might have had the wrong expectations going into this book. Many of the stories didn't really stand out to me and some I just didn't like. I really wish I could have enjoyed it more. I did quite like the poem TOUCH OF THE POET’S PEN though and the fact that the book also had illustrations.
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CR
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was an adventure! I was swept up in the story and left speechless as I read through this tale. This is sure to be a classic! I think fantasy lovers will die hard love this story and will not be able to put it down.
Hana (linh_hermione)
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2021
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this.

CW: blood; loss of a child; mention of cheating; epidemic
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Mike has wanted to write since he was very young. His earliest memories are of carrying a battered old notebook around full of illustrations and stories. He would often transpose those ideas on his grandmother's old typewriter.

While in college, he was inspired by professors and visiting writers to BYU. Literary classics such as Song of Roland and Inferno were often in his backpack, along with Russ
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