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Dark Tomorrows by J.L. Bryan
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Sep 11, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: horror, anthologies
Read from October 10 to 11, 2011

I can't say there was a single clunker in this entire anthology. The three that really stood out for me were "The Fortune Teller's Lament" by JL Bryan, "Day of Sacrifice" by SW Benefiel, and "Bad Code" again by JL Bryan. I think I'll remember the first two for decades to come, the same way I still remember Ray Bradbury's "The City."

The anthology is grouped into two collections, "The Present" (contemporary settings) and "The Future" (sci-fi or at least futuristic settings).

The only story that didn't really fit was "The Second Coming of Pippykins" by Amanda Hocking. I don't have anything against the story itself, it's just that it didn't seem dark at all to me. Her other contribution, "Of Shoes and Doom," was funny even with a dark ending.

Formatting and editing were good, nothing to complain about.

I'd have paid for this if it wasn't free. I'm not sure why other reviewers on Amazon are dinging it so hard.

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15.0% "I think "The Fortune Teller's Lament" is going to be one of those stories that I'll remember 30 years later. Brrr!"
45.0% "Some really good stuff in here so far!"
64.0% "The rest of this will have to be awful to not get 5 stars."

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