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Fantastic Hope by Laurell K. Hamilton, Larry Correia, Patricia Briggs
Published by Berkley on April 7, 2020
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A child’s wish for her father comes true. The end of the world has never been so much fun. Conquering personal demons becomes all too real. It’s not always about winning; sometimes it’s about showing up for the fight. It’s about loving your life’s work, and jobs that make you question everything.
In this anthology, seventeen authors have woven together brand-new stories that speak to the darkness and despair that life brings while reminding us that good deeds, humor, love, sacrifice, dedication, and following our joy can ignite a light that burns so bright the darkness cannot last.
Fantastic Hope is a scifi fantasy anthology with stories which offer hope. In today’s odd world, these are welcome. There are only a few authors I have read previously, and only two stories with characters I already knew.
I am not going to do an in depth review of all the stories but I would say they were all enjoyable. None of them were bad or such that I wished I hadn’t read it or anything. I would place them into three groups: Ones I really loved, Ones I really enjoyed, and Ones I liked.
- Twilight Falls by Jonathan Mabarry – a Joe Ledger story
- Not in This Lifetime by Sharon Shinn
- Mr. Positive, The Eternal Optimist by Larry Correia – I really enjoyed Stanley and Chris. It was terrifying and then funny.
- No Greater Love by Kacey Ezell- There are some aspects about this which I usually wouldn’t like (religious) but Jennilee was awesome.
- Broken Son by Griffin Barber
- Heart of Clay by Kevin J. Anderson – a Dan Shamble, Zombie PI adventure
- Reprise by John G. Hartness – a Quincy Harker, demon hunter story
- Asil and the Not-Date by Patricia Briggs – I know and love this world so this was very fun for me.
- In the Dust by Robert E. Hampson – Scientists in the future on different planets.
- Fallen by LE Modesitt, JR – This one felt too political or religious for my taste
- Working Conditions by Patrick M. Tracy
- Last Contact by MC Sumner – a fun alien encounter.
- Ronin by William McCaskey – Dreams and nightmares of a human watched over with love.
- Skjoldmodir by Michale Z. Williamson and Jessica Schlenker – I liked this story but it was so sad.
- Bonds of Love and Duty by Monalisa Foster – Genetic engineering and the cultural racial biases vs. compassion and humanity.
- Zombie Dearest by Laurell K. Hamilton – My favorite characters from the series, Anita Blake and Jean-Claude. I haven’t read the most recent books but I was very happy to see these two tracking down a raised zombie gone wrong.
I sometimes have trouble with the start of a new book or series in this genre and so that was bound to happen with some of them. I would rather have read this anthology over a longer period of time, leaving myself more time between stories to absorb and appreciate them. I do recommend this anthology. Some of the ones I really enjoyed come from series I would like to read now, because I realize I would have loved them with the background of a series I knew.
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