No Way Home is now available, and the advance reviews have been coming in at a steady clip. This is a collection that we are all quite proud of, and I'm very pleased to say that our readers have been enjoying what we've done here. Check out the praise!
Stephanie Lehenbauer says:
This anthology has a great premise. The unifying theme of being stranded grabbed my attention immediately, and the myriad ways that the authors explored the theme kept me interested all the way through. Every story was interesting, well-written, and utilized the theme in a different way. I really appreciated that diversity...
While all of these stories fit firmly into the realm of science fiction, there is enough urban fantasy to interest fans of that genre as well. Also a bit of romance, some horror, and some exploration of literary fiction. If you aren't a huge sci-fi person, I would still recommend you give this antho a try. It's got something for everyone.
AK Hinchey writes:
The high calibre of the writing is maintained throughout the book with each author presenting a unique view on an almost dystopian sci fi future....this is a book worth getting. ... It’s an ooey gooey slice of literary creative goodness which you need to get as soon as it’s out.
Although any reader is bound to have favourites there wasn’t a duff story in this collection and I found the length of the stories particularly successful. It allowed the reader to engage with the plot and characters in greater depth than is usual in short stories.
On a bit of a more self-centered note, here's what Dustin Bilyk wrote about my contribution, Revolver:
Revolver had me fired up from start to finish. It was an emotional rollercoaster. I read the bloody thing in the blink of an eye then slumped into my chair, dazed and bug-eyed. It was the most un-sci-fi work in the entire anthology, but Hicks made it work. Moreover, it was a gratifying read, a feel-good story despite the aggressive, powerful writing. You'll understand what I mean when you give it a go yourself...because you damn well should. Easily my favorite story in the antho.
Damn, Dustin...thank you!
Speaking on the central issue of depression at the root of the story, Time Heist author Anthony Vicino writes:
It’s beautifully painful and horribly consistent with real life. ... it’s so refreshing to see Depression dealt with in a factually consistent manner in fiction. It’s an insidious malady precisely because other people can’t see it, can’t understand the reasons behind it, can’t empathize with it. This only compounds the problem for those suffering from the disorder because the question “What do you have to be so sad about?” is unanswerable, and all the more painful because of that fact.
The time we spend inside the main characters mind is beautiful and sad and well worth the price of admission.
Meanwhile, author David Wailing writes:
Revolver by Michael Patrick Hicks, however, takes the ‘shocking’ gold medal. A classic example of social science fiction, this portrays a nightmarish future America with clear roots in the present day. Ironically this story is the furthest away from the ‘stranded’ theme and yet I found it the most gripping.
Many, many thanks to our advance readers and reviewers for their contributions. I expect lots more voices will soon be joining them in the review threads.
No Way Home is now available for purchase at Amazon. For a limited time, to celebrate this new release, the Kindle edition is on sale for only 99 cents!
Please enjoy, and if you have time, please leave a review and be sure to check out the works of my co-authors as well. Cheers!