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Dark Tomorrows (2nd Ed) by J. L. Bryan

Dark Tomorrows (2nd Ed)

by J. L. Bryan

Other authors: Joel Arnold (Contributor), S.W. Benefiel (Contributor), Michael Crane (Contributor), Robert J. Duperre (Contributor), Amanda Hocking (Contributor)2 more, Vicki Keire (Contributor), Daniel Pyle (Contributor)

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Dark Tomorrows is a collection of eight short stories, which are unconnected to each other. Author J. L. Bryan wrote six of them. The other two were written by Amanda Hocking.

J. L. Bryan has a way with words, of making the reader keep turning pages to find out what happens next. He successfully does this with short works as well as novels. The strongest of J. L. Bryan's stories in this collection is the first offering; "The Fortune Teller’s Lament" but that doesn't mean the others are not worth reading... just that the later stories sneak up behind you before they grab you. All of them are well suited to reading at night - alone - with all the lights on.

Amanda Hocking's two stories of roughly equal quality didn't seem quite as dark to me as Mr. Bryan's works in this volume. Still, they were entertaining and answer a couple of what ifs that might occur to some readers... Perhaps the darkness in Ms. Hocking's stories is more subtle and sneaky than the darkness in J. L. Bryan's stories. At any rate, this is a collection that I can heartily recommend to those who love dark stories.

This ebook was received as a premium for participating in the blog tour for The Haunted Ebook by J. L. Bryan. While a review was not requested as a condition of my receiving this ebook, I'm sure the authors won't mind. This review will appear on Dragon Views, LibraryThing, Amazon.com and on other sites this reviewer deems appropriate. ( )
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Arnold, JoelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benefiel, S.W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crane, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duperre, Robert J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hocking, AmandaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keire, VickiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pyle, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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The world of tomorrow is the world of the unknown.

This collection of eight stories includes:
"Spectrum" - A highly adaptable alien crashes into a Shoney's in Tennessee.
"The Fortune Teller's Lament" - A psychic finds his life slowly ruined by a coin-operated fortune-telling machine.
"The Officefrau" - A strange invasive species is moving into Dave's office.
"The Fixer" - At first, Norton thought he'd found an accounting error. Now he's spending Christmas Eve with a special security agent from his company, and learning he found much more.
"Bad Code" - Donald lost himself deep inside the company network, and now he's trying to put himself back together.
"The Long Night" - A spaceship crew is taking a few hundred million tons of radioactive waste away from civilized space. But there's another kind of evil inside the cargo bay, and it wants out.

Plus two bonus stories by Amanda Hocking - "The Second Coming of Pippykins" and "Of Shoes and Doom"!
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