Wednesday, April 08, 2015
The Swedish gaming magazine Fenix has reviewed Other Days and we're giddy to present their review:
http://www.speltidningen.se/fenix1-15.html (The relevant issue.)
From space to Moscow, plus a few shortcuts through mystical forests with polite strangers via computerized houses complete with projections of current owners and digital poltergeist phenomena… Truly, Other Days, an anthology edited by Jessica Augustsson, is astounding on many levels. Mermaids, politicians, traveling technicians—there are plenty of people in these other worlds. How about an old space captain who smuggles…things? Everything created by a number of intrepid authors—some better than others, but all better than average. Each of them has contributed a variety of different texts. Other Days offers a broad spectrum of stories, from cozy, almost fairytale-like shorts to longer novellas. Yours truly fell hard for the action-packed Escape Velocity by Melissa Swanepoel, not least because the heroine is named Elvis (what a thing!). Here and there, you can feel the winds of inspiration from established—or in any case more famous—authors. The above-mentioned computerized house, for example, House Call by Brandon Nolta, has an air of William Gibson. On the other hand, Fire in the Bones by Marguerite Croft feels altogether new, a never-before conceived idea, as if the muses at random sent out a molecule of Narrativium into the universe and it just happened to land right in the creative portion of Croft’s brain. There are a few weaker points, but what one reader feels about a text is individual. What is “weak” to one person might feel strong and true for another. It would be presumptuous to explain what is “right”. Thus, there is something for everyone to read on their Kindle (or whatever form you wish to read). One thing is certain, however: you should definitely not miss The Mer-bell by Kimber Camacho.
As anthologies go, Other Days feels completely right. It is an excellent collection of texts by authors who might have otherwise gone completely unnoticed. Depending on your preferences, it is well worth keeping an eye out for these names during your excursions on the net. Attached to each short story is a small author bio, and some have their own websites, so it’s as simple as surfing on over.