Miscreations are things that should not exist, but do. An event happens that transforms an entity into something so amazingly good or so horribly evil that you can't help but be fascinated by its existence.Scribings, Vol 4: Miscreations contains twelve stories from the Greater Portland Scribists that explore these oddities. Errors in evolution. Discoveries in supposedly clMiscreations are things that should not exist, but do. An event happens that transforms an entity into something so amazingly good or so horribly evil that you can't help but be fascinated by its existence.Scribings, Vol 4: Miscreations contains twelve stories from the Greater Portland Scribists that explore these oddities. Errors in evolution. Discoveries in supposedly clean rooms. Extreme memory loss. Appliances that are a little too smart. Mythical beasts reborn. And one joke that went way too far....
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Scribings, Vol 4: Miscreations Reviews
I received a copy of this book via a Goodreads "FirstReads" giveaway, with encouragement from the editor that I leave an honest review.I like reading short stories much more than I enjoy reading serialized novels, actually. It’s an attention-span issue, I think. Anyway … when I start a collection like this, I’m always looking for the unifying factors between the stories. Sometimes the links are so subtle that I wonder if I've been searching too deep for something to satisfy my need to unify the stories, and have ended up with a theme that wasn't ever intended. Other times, the editor/authors have set a theme, and are very upfront about it. The theme for this volume is “miscreations,” which the introduction describes as, “things that should not exist, but do ... an event happens that transforms an entity into something so amazingly good or so horribly evil that you can’t help but be fascinated by its existence.” So, that’s cool. REALLY cool. And it sets the expectation that the reader will see the theme play out. And even though the “miscreations” theme could play out in almost any genre, the cover (art by Peeter Parkker) promises suspense/supernatural with the potential for some horror. Again … I like it. You've got me. I’m on board. From what little I know about Greater Portland Scribists, I’m also expecting some science-fiction and fantasy.I’ve been explicit with my expectations, because expectations always frame a reader’s experience with a book. Each piece in this collection varies in style, tone, genre, and in just about every other possible way. Some are dark, some are cute/silly. Some are action-oriented and others are philosophical narratives. Timothy Lynch’s two contributions, “Breed” and “The Hunt” are highlights in the collection -- the former being the darkest and most horror-inducing story of the bunch. The tension and suspense in "Naked Monsters" by D.L. Harvey grabbed me and kept me turning pages, and Shelli-Jo Pelletier’s “Qi’lin” left me wanting more in the best way possible. But in many of the stories, I missed the cataclysmic event spawning some good/evil miscreation. In some cases, like Richard Veysey's "The Joke," (which is an excellent, character-driven story) one character's actions define him/her as an aberration, but the development of that character and the nature vs. nurture debate on how it came to be this way is merely backstory, and left to the reader's imagination. The volume reads like a collection of short stories from a group of very talented writers. But while the stories are excellent and the collection was a fun read, I was a bit disappointment that my expectations regarding the theme were not met.
I received this book as part of GoodReads First Reads giveaway.This an anthology of 12 short stories that share the common theme of being about 'miscreations.' Things where something went wrong (for good or for ill or neither) when it was born or made.The thing I like about themed anthologies is figuring out how each story fits the theme and the unique approach that each author takes. This story has horror/suspense stories, rather comedic stories and some that are just strange. A few that stand out in particular are Breed by Timothy Lynch (a story about spider monsters from Japanese folklore), The Joke by Richard Veysey (about someone taking a joke way too seriously or maybe about why you should be careful when joking about serious topics), Room Two by Steven Inman (not about discovering extraterrestrial life but alien life just the same) and My Toaster Hates Me by Jamie Alan Belanger (this is why I don't like 'smart' appliances and it's hilarious).I will note that the anthology didn't feel like a 'whole'. The theme of miscreations didn't really hold everything together like it should. In some the miscreation theme seems like a real stretch but this is at first look (I'm sure I could be persuaded on some of these stories). But ultimately, the tone of the stories don't hold together well. For example, My Toaster Hates Me is genuinely funny and The Joke is truly chilling but together in the same book it's kind of mood whiplash. Maybe this could be mitigated by not reading straight through though.With few exceptions each story is good on it's own and individually I'd rate these stories higher. But the together the tone the tone clashes. If that wouldn't bother you, by all means check this one out.
A pretty interesting bundle of short stories encompassing everything from science fiction and future, to fantasy and religion (not obnoxious religion though). Most were of supernatural themes.My favorite three:1) "My Toaster Hates Me!"2) "The Joke"3) "The Hunt" I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.