Published by Little A on February 10, 2015
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via TLC Book Tours for review consideration.
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In this collection’s richly imagined title story, our brutal and resourceful protagonist is determined to protect her family from a murderous, shark-ridden world—at any cost. Elsewhere, an old woman uncovers a sinister plot while looking after a friend’s plants (“Orchids”), and a girl in the war-torn countryside befriends an unlikely creature (“Keeper of the Glass”). In “Barnstormers,” a futuristic flying circus tries to forestall bankruptcy with one last memorable show. At the heart of “Sheila” is the terrible choice a retired judge must make when faced with the destruction of his beloved robotic dog, and “Yuri, in a Blue Dress” follows one of the last survivors of an alien invasion as she seeks help.
Extending from World War II to the far future, these fifteen stories offer a gorgeously observed perspective on our desire for connection and what it means to have compassion—for ourselves, for one another, for our past…and for whatever lies beyond.
The fifteen speculative short stories in The Thing About Great White Sharks blew me away! This collection is creative, offbeat and really delightful. As each story unfolded, I had a steady stream of happy/excited/giddy feelings:
Rebecca Adams Wright’s versatility shines throughout this book. In Sheila, a man makes a difficult (and shocking) decision concerning his robotic dog when “mechanimals” are banned after a single but horrific incident. Storybag makes you think: Are we living our lives as part of someone else’s story, or writing our own? Keeper of the Glass is a war story with a twist of fantasy, based on a true historical thread: Keeping panels of the cathedral’s stained glass windows hidden in people’s homes in order to keep them safe from destruction during the war. Orchids is a thriller with a paranormal twist. What To Expect When You’re Expecting an Alien Parasite is a hilariously terrifying, downright delicious satire on those fear-mongering pregnancy books. Aleph Bat is a nerdy tale of horror. And the title story is a dystopia unlike any other I’ve read; its premise would make for the coolest novel!
And let’s talk about the story order of the collection: It builds, builds, builds — then what?! holy crap! — then a cool-down that is fantastical and masterfully wraps up the entire reading experience.
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