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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Worlds Away and Worlds Aweird by James Hartley

Worlds Away and Worlds Aweird by James Hartley
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (175 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Stories from one end of the universe to the other, and off into the realm of Faerie, too.

A collection of Fantasy and SF short stories. Space travel, time travel, aliens. Witches, wizards, ghosts, vampires. Oh, yes, and a bit of a look at what happens when the paranormal impinges on high school romance.

Here is an interesting collection of short stories that are sci fi/fantasy in nature. Mr. Hartley has a very good imagination and gives you a nice variety of stories with varied endings. They are exciting enough to keep your attention, quick to read, and leave you hungering for more.

He uses space travel, witches, wizards, time travel, aliens, even some ghosts and vampires in the stories. When you start a story you’re not sure who you are going to meet or what type of character they might be. Even if the one you start with is normal, you know a strange one is going to drop into the story soon.

My favorite stories were: Rain (an evil enchanted rain), The Ghost in the Bookstore (want to spend the afterlife in a shopping mall?), Too Damn Cold (it’s getting so cold they have to wear clothes), and The Letter (she knew very well where he lived but not when). These are nice example of the types of stories that live within this anthology.

I love the world of fantasy and none of these stories are alike. Each is walk in another world, with some humor, a bit of romance, a touch of horror, and even some irony. Mr. Hartley is comfortable with the short story form and can give you enough details and action to make the story complete in a few pages. His characters take from with a couple of paragraphs. I found all his stories fun to read and look forward to reading more of his work. He’s a good author, give him a try.

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