Edited by Macey Baggett Wuesthoff and Nickolaus A. Pacione
All proceeds of this anthology will be donated to the American Red Cross: Featuring stories by Erin MacKay, Trent Roman, Shana K. Dines, Everette Bell, Stephen C. Hallin, Jeff Skinner, Marisa Low, Esther Spurrill, Melyssa G. Sprott, and Anna Reinholz. Stories ranging from horror to Literary Fiction. In the memory of a Literary Fiction genuis, Gerald Grimmett, Nickolaus brought these authors together for an anthology that helps those who've lost loved ones in the Tsunami and other natural disasters. Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Snowstorms, and other natural diasters are documented in this anthology of fiction and nonfiction. Featuring new stories from both editors. Horror, Science Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Nonfiction authors brought together to help the victims of various natural disasters abroad and in this country.
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By Nickolaus Pacione
Jan 13, 2010
I guess some of you leaving the bad reviews actually set the match to the book on youtube.com (I know some of you Hilter's are behind it.) Each author did a good job with their stories, my own story gained me a nickname that I a have a hard time living up. David Lee Sumers said this of me, "What H.P. Lovecraft does with the supernatural, Nickolaus Pacione does with natural disasters."
"Pass on This One" The introduction to this book is a rambling, incoherent, and ungrammatical mass, and the back cover copy is even worse. Lines like, "Do not photocopy...the contents of this publication unless given kind permission is given by the authors or editors involed with the project" and, "Proceeds of this anthology goes..." are but a couple of examples. The stories range in quality, but I thought four stood out as better than the rest – “As Lost as a Northwest Alabamian in a Snowstorm” (non-fiction/essay), "Half the Storm", "Just Passing Through" and "Peas in a Pod". By far the worst stories are "Utica, Illinois" and “Flood Memoir” written by the editor himself. Like the introduction, these are rambling, incoherent, and ungrammatical. They lack any semblance of a plot, mention "horrors" without actually describing them and make references to what movie the situation is like. “Any Port in a... More > Storm" was also poorly written. The story takes place on a cruise ship at a never-specified time in a never-specified place. It’s a story without any background or context. And without any characterization. Other stories had major problems and could have used some editing. Several fell victim to bad science. For example, in "Element of Surprise", an asteroid strikes the Eastern Seaboard with almost no warning. "The Way Things Were" has both the unexpected eruption of an active volcano AND an unexpected tidal wave hitting -- again -- the Eastern Seaboard. While these events make for good drama, an asteroid can't sneak up on the Earth with our modern capability to monitor the space around us. Likewise, we have systems in place to watch for tsunamis, and active volcanoes tend to have geologists running all over them. The bad science that occurs in "The Avalanche of St. Aspin" is of a different kind. The author clearly has some knowledge of what makes snow conditions ripe for an avalanche, but she seems to have a limited knowledge of airplanes. The story also mentions a victim who had third-degree burns over 95% of her body, but who was given a "good chance of survival". Third-degree burns of that extent would be fatal, probably within hours. Many of the stories, however, fell into that middle ground where the writing is neither good nor horrible, but where there are crucial plot problems or the writing just doesn’t grab one’s attention. The supposed non-fiction essays confused me the most. It says in the intro that there are three non-fiction pieces. However, only one story is labeled – in the sub-title – as non-fiction. The reader is left to guess about the others. In summary, I cannot recommend this anthology. The few good stories don’t make up for the weaker ones, and the shoddy writing and editing of the editor bring down the whole project.< Less
"Doing it for charity was a nice idea but the book is a stinker" I bought a copy of this book to see what all the fuss was about surrounding Nickolaus Pacione, and I'm trying not to be too critical, but he is in definite need of "The Elements of Style." Donate your money direct to the charity in leiu of purchasing this stinker.
"Quakes and Storms Wasn't Worth The Money" I ordered a copy of this anthology to see what all the hub-bub was about. Now I can clearly see why most people don't bother to read it. Most of the stories weren't too awful, but each one written by the "anthology foreman" was just terrible. If I had a dollar for every time the author used "namely", "as well", and the misspelled "literary", I'd be a rich woman. Somebody buy this man a copy of The Chicago Manual of Style. Save your money. DON'T ride this storm. Order Number: 261096
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