Monday, April 25, 2022

Book Review: Writers of the Future volume 38

Just imagine…

  • It’s game on, the fate of the universe is on the line—and you’re about to go all in.
  • Saving the mammoths is in your hands—can you conjure the magic to make it happen?
  • You’ve got a monster BFF—whom you’re hiding from your own monster-hunting family.
  • You’re part of a sting, out to catch some bar hoppers who are not only bending their elbows, but bending time as well.
  • And much more!

Think you’ve seen it all? Think again.

Prepare for alien contact. Explore the darkest alleyways of urban fantasy. Rise to the dizzying heights of magical realism. These award-winning writers provide a diverse array of stories that will transport you and reshape your reality.

The latest release in this annual anthology, presented by L. Ron Hubbard, was released on April 8 of 2022. NetGalley and the publisher provided me a galley in exchange for an honest review.

I have been a fan of sci-fi and fantasy anthologies since I was a teenager in the late 70's and early 80's. I read and enjoyed an earlier volume of Writers of the Future a few years back, so a new volume was a welcome sight. I like how its editor, the late David Farland, would combine new writers with up-and-coming illustrators, to deliver a varied selection of material. This one also includes some bonus short stories by veterans as well as art and writing tips from the pros. You get a lot between these two covers.

Standouts in this collection, for me, include The Magic Book of Accidental City Destruction: A Book Wizard's Guide by Z. T. Bright (I really related to the bookseller lead character), Gallows by Desmond Astaire (I always enjoy time travel tales), and Lilt of a Lark by Michael Panter (a troublesome minstrel is always fun to read about).

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