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Five Elements Anthology – A Review

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Short Stories by

Ted Blasche

Clayton Callahan

C. J. Jessop

Sheron McCartha

Chelsea Nolen

D. Wallace Peach

This anthology contains seven short stories from the Beaverton Evening Writers’ Group. Their remit: Write a science fiction or fantasy story including the five elements. Note: All Profits from the sale of this book will help support the Willamette Writers’ literacy program, Books For Kids: Every Child Should Have A Book To Call Their Very Own!

I heartily recommend this anthology of short stories. The writing is assured, the editing professional, and the stories are interesting and most importantly entertaining. Upon recognising a familiar name amongst the roster of authors, I quickly settled down to enjoy what each of the these authors and their contrasting storytelling had to offer. I was not disappointed, and was able to forget about the here and now for a while as I was transported to the there and then – somewhere else entirely.

The ethereal writing in Diane Wallace Peach’s opening story had me spellbound. And Toys by Chelsea Nolen had me snorting with laughter, while the Legacy of Eris by C. J. Jessop played such a tune on my heartstrings that after finishing her story I was distracted into seeking out more of her work. And the final story, Learned Magic by Ted Blasche, written in the style of an olde world fairy tale, and beginning brilliantly with Once upon a time in the land of Noll, had me nodding quietly and satisfactorily.


At ninety-nine pence, this anthology is amazing value for money and well worth adding to your electronic bookcase. And, as a bonus, you will be helping The Books For Kids literacy program.

Kelvin M. Knight

27th February 2019


First and foremost I am a reader, then a storyteller. My reading tastes are eclectic. My writing can focus around the intimacy of closed settings and may tend towards characters who might be hiding something from themselves.

21 thoughts on “Five Elements Anthology – A Review

  1. Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    I love it when I stumble across reviews, and I think the stars are aligned today. 🙂 Thank you to Kelvin for the lovely review of an anthology I put together a few years ago with my writers’ group. If you haven’t found your writing brothers and sisters, I highly recommend seeking them out. Thanks so much, Kelvin, for taking the time to read and share your thoughts. 🙂

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  2. What a wonderful surprise, Kelvin! I’m so glad you had fun with the stories. I was part of the writers group for 5 years, and though I left about 3 years ago, I still consider all the writers dear friends. Some wonderful talent too, though pulling the anthology together was like herding cats. Lol. Thank you so much for reading and for the review. You are too kind. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Chelsea. And yes, get yourself a kindle app! I read on my phone when I’m traveling and it isn’t bad at all. Plus at night in bed without having to turn on the light and listen to the hubby complain. Ha ha. If you pick it up, I hope you enjoy the stories. 🙂

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