FIVE ELEMENTS ANTHOLOGY
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Short Stories by
C. J. Jessop
D. Wallace Peach
Reviewed by Kelvin M. Knight
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 collection 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