Thursday, September 26, 2013

Irony of Survival (Zharmae Anthology Series #2) - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this anthology from The Zharmae Publishing Press in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Irony of Survival
Edited by: Anna McDermott
Year Published: 2013

Synopsis: Futures teetering between fate and chance unravel in fantastical realities spanning time and space; each bringing us face-to-face with the unexpected in Irony of Survival – a dynamic collection that explores how life’s ironic twists and turns challenge and, at times, ensure mankind’s survival. 

Never before has the role of irony in challenging our perspective, questioning consequence, and disrupting equilibrium been more distinctly illuminated than in this artfully spellbinding work that provides readers a looking-glass through which to view their own tales of survival. 

Experience firsthand how an unlikely instance, in an instant, can be the turning point of destiny.

Review: For this anthology, I'm just going to give a brief description and mini review for two of its stories.

Tower of Strength by Colleen Anderson

This story started out with a lot if dialogue and I was confused. I quickly realized I knew these characters from a familiar story told once every year: the Easter story. Mary Magdeline is the protagonist. She and other "Mary"s have magical powers. There is a lot of female power in this story. It reminded me of one if those specials on Discovery about what really happened to Jesus and all the conspiracies.  This was an interesting idea, but many people may not enjoy it. 2.5/5

Nowhere to Go But Mars by Barry Nove

Planetary colonization is in effect, but you must pass certain qualifications and take a mate to journey to Mars. Even then, your chances of surviving the long sleep aren't the best. I liked that America was portrayed as not one of the top powers. I found the process the applicants had to go through interesting and thought some interesting body image questions were brought up. I think this would be interesting to see continued. 4/5


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