31 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Unnatural Disasters by Daniel Pyle et al

I’m a fan of a few authors in this collection so I was really looking forward to reading it. When one of them contacted me with a copy of the book to ask if I would give it a read and review, I, of course, said “Yes!”.

Short stories are always a hard read for me. I either love them and they are able to come together to be a good, strong cohesive story… or they miss the mark. Unfortunately, many of these stories missed the mark for me. They were either too short to really give a good grasp of the author’s style and ability and short-changed the plot or the story just never seemed to get a foothold.

That’s not to say there’s not a few really good standout stories in here. There were a couple that I really did enjoy, but overall, I must admit that I was a little disappointed. It is actually painful to admit that because I do really enjoy their other work so much.

I look forward to other work by these authors because their writing is phenomenal but I just didn’t enjoy the collection.

I would still recommend this for horror fans. Just because it wasn’t fully my cup of tea doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy it.

Floods. Earthquakes. Tornados. Asteroids. Nature can be vicious. But when you combine natural disasters with the very unnatural imaginations of the authors in this collection, you get terrors worse than anything Mother Nature has ever thrown at us, forays into nightmarish worlds that make a hurricane look like a light summer breeze.

Join Scott Nicholson, William Meikle, Daniel Pyle, Robert J. Duperre, Danielle Bourdon, Keith Gouveia, Ruth Francisco, J.A. Titus, and Robin Morris for nine horrific tales that will leave you cringing, gasping, and so scared of the outdoors you’ll never want to leave your house again.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2011: 63

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