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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Book Review: Joy to the Worlds: Holiday Stories of Mystery and Speculative Fiction Anthology

Joy to the Worlds: Holiday Stories of Mystery and Speculative Fiction
Authors: Maia Chance, Janine A. Southard, Raven Oak, & G. Clemans
December 1, 2015
Publisher: Grey Sun Press
Genre: Mystery / Speculative Fiction
Length: 298 pages
ISBN: Print--978-0-9908157-6-1
What do you get when you mix mystery and speculative fiction, then toss in the holidays for good measure? A mobster Santa, genetic hanky-panky, Victorian villages, time-travelling detectives, a Krampus, eerie bell spirits, and more–this collection of short cross-genre fiction is the perfect counterpoint to traditional holiday reading!

This collection stars national bestselling mystery author Maia Chance, who dazzles with humor and folklore; IPPY award-winning science fiction author Janine A. Southard beguiles with unexpected time-travel science; science fiction and fantasy bestseller Raven Oak offers a look into the gothic past; and for a whole new perspective, debut fiction author and art expert G. Clemans dives into the intersections of creativity and mystery.

Joy to the Worlds brings together eight short works that explore mysteries across time and space. Ranging from dark dystopian worlds to comedic retro-futures, four diverse writers find new ways to combine these disparate worlds into something anyone will enjoy.

When this book crossed my path I was excited. I love dark speculative fiction, the cover is great and here are four new to me authors to try. I wasn't disappointed. There are eight tales (two by each author) and they are all fantastical, dark and unique. The blurb covers how diverse this collection is. One touch I really enjoyed was the inclusion of a quick intro to each story by one of the other authors, and then a closing paragraph by the author about how their story came about. 

All the stories are a completely different reading experience and will thrill mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans alike. This is a perfect fit for the I Smell Sheep readership! Except the paranormal romance sheep...not a lot of that going on, but there is bit of young love and sex inducing scepter.

An excerpt can be found here:


About the Authors:
National bestselling author Maia Chance writes historical mysteries that are rife with absurd predicaments and romantic adventure. She is the author of Snow White Red-Handed, Cinderella Six Feet Under, and Come Hell or Highball. 2016 titles include Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna and Teetotaled. Maia lives in Bellingham, WA, where she shakes a killer martini, grows a mean radish, and bakes mocha bundts to die for.

Janine A. Southard is the IPPY award-winning author of Queen & Commander (and other books in The Hive Queen Saga). She lives in Seattle, WA, where she writes speculative fiction novels, novellas, and short stories...and reads them aloud to her cat.

Raven Oak is the author of the bestselling fantasy novel Amaskan’s Blood, the bestselling science fiction novella Class-M Exile, and the upcoming space opera The Eldest Silence. She spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500-page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet. When she’s not writing, she’s getting her game on with tabletop and console games, indulging in cartography, or staring at the ocean.

Depending on the hour, G. Clemans might be writing about a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by lightning storms, teaching semiotics to twenty-year-olds, or squinting at art in a gallery. A founding instructor of Critical & Contextual Studies at Cornish College of the Arts, Clemans regularly contributes art criticism to The Seattle Times.

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