10 October, 2017

#BookReview :: Love, Murder & Mayhem Edited by Russ Colchamiro

Love science fiction stories that all include elements of Love, Murder & Mayhem? Then welcome to the latest anthology from Crazy 8 Press! This amazing collection from 15 all-star authors will delight you with superhero and supervillain stories. AI, off-world, and space cruiser stories. We’ve also got private eyes, sleep surrogates, time travel, an aliens/monsters mash-up and … one DuckBob! With tales ranging from wild and wacky, dark and gritty, to heartbreaking and fun, take the deadly leap with authors Meriah Crawford, Paige Daniels, Peter David, Mary Fan, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman Paul Kupperberg, Karissa Laurel, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Lois Spangler, Patrick Thomas, and editor Russ Colchamiro. You’ll never look at Love, Murder & Mayhem the same way again … and that’s just the way we like it. 

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‘Love, Murder & Mayhem’ is a collection of 15 short stories from different authors. The book offers a wide variety of plots, characters, world settings and themes. Yet they have the common themes of Love, Murder and Mayhem.

I am not a sci-fi buff but I enjoyed this anthology immensely as the author have done an excellent job of keeping things simple yet interesting. From a AI detective, to sleep surrogates, to the cleanup crew – the stories encompass a wide set of characters in different world settings that keep you involved and invested in the stories. I absolutely loved 13 out of the 15 stories and the 2 that I did not enjoy as much was so because of my own limitations when it comes to sci-fi. I am pretty sure that a sci-fi buff will enjoy all the stories in the book. My favourite story in the book is: The Note on the Blue Screen by Mary Fan.

Though all the stories have sci-fi element in them, what I enjoyed was that the focus was on people and their response to things in different situations. That helped me make connections in each story. Certain stories even made me stop and think. Also, the fact that each story is set in a different world, gives the readers a wide variety in terms of settings, characters and potential. The anthology also introduced me to a number of authors whose works I plan to check out separately.

All in all, “Love, Murder & Mayhem” was an interesting read that kept me glued to its pages till the very end.

Review Copy received from the Editor

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