Fantastic Hope
A collection of sixteen sci-fi and fantasy stories edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton and author William McCaskey.A child’s wish for her father comes true. The end of the world has never been so much fun. Conquering personal demons becomes all too real. It’s not always about winning; sometimes it’s about showing up for the fight. It’s about loving your life’s work, and jobs that make you question everything.In this anthology, seventeen authors have woven together brand-new stories that speak to the darkness and despair that life brings while reminding us that good deeds, humor, love, sacrifice, dedication, and following our joy can ignite a light that burns so bright the darkness cannot last.Laurell K. Hamilton and William McCaskey are joined by Kevin J. Anderson, Griffin Barber, Patricia Briggs, Larry Correia, Kacey Ezell, Monalisa Foster, Robert E. Hampson, John G. Hartness, Jonathan Maberry, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Jessica Schlenker, Sharon Shinn, M. C. Sumner, Patrick M. Tracy, and Michael Z. Williamson in this collection.TWILIGHT FALLS by Jonathan MaberryNOT IN THIS LIFETIME by Sharon ShinnMR. POSITIVE, THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST by Larry CorreiaNO GREATER LOVE by Kacey EzellBROKEN SON by Griffin BarberHEART OF CLAY by Kevin J. AndersonREPRISE by John G. HartnessASIL AND THE NOT-DATE by Patricia BriggsIN THE DUST by Robert E. HampsonFALLEN by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.WORKING CONDITIONS by Patrick M. TracyLAST CONTACT by M. C. SumnerRONIN by William McCaskeySKJÖLDMÓÐIR by Michael Z. Williamson and Jessica SchlenkerBONDS OF LOVE AND DUTY by Monalisa FosterZOMBIE DEAREST by Laurell K. Hamilton

Fantastic Hope Details

TitleFantastic Hope
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreFantasy, Anthologies, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Short Stories, Magic, Adult, Shapeshifters, Werewolves

Fantastic Hope Review

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I really enjoyed this collection of stories. I am sometimes a little hesitant to pick up short story collections since I have had mixed luck with them in the past. When I saw the group of authors that contributed to this collection, I knew that I had to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this group of wildly varied stories. I loved the fact that there was a little bit of everything in this book and had a This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I really enjoyed this collection of stories. I am sometimes a little hesitant to pick up short story collections since I have had mixed luck with them in the past. When I saw the group of authors that contributed to this collection, I knew that I had to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this group of wildly varied stories. I loved the fact that there was a little bit of everything in this book and had a great time reading all of the stories.Twilight Falls by Jonathan Maberry - 3.5 starsThis was entertaining. This story was about a group of three men on a mission. There is a group that believes that in order to save the world 90% of its population needs to be exterminated. The trio goes to investigate a wiped-out village and stumble upon something they didn't expect. There was a lot of action and some pretty big surprises in this story.Not in this Lifetime by Sharon Shinn - 4 starsI really enjoyed this story. Sasha remembers all of her past lives and her past friends which she seems to keep finding in each life. She also remembers how she dies in each life. There is one thing that she doesn't seem to remember though.Mr. Positive, the Eternal Optimist by Larry Correia - 4 starsThis was a fun little story. Someone is trying to kill Stanley and he isn't just going to let it happen regardless of how polite his assassin might be. There was a lot of action and the twist at the end was well done.No Greater Love by Kaey Ezell - 4 starsJennilee stays behind with one of her mother's who is in labor while her family continues on their dangerous journey. Jennilee is just a teenager but it is up to her to help her mother deliver her baby and keep them safe. When things go horribly wrong, she makes the only decision she can and is still able to protect her family.Broken Son by Griffin Barber - 3 starsThis is a futuristic story where prisoners are sent out into space to work. A scientist has a theory that could change everything and goes along with a crew to investigate. It was interesting to see exactly what their discovery was able to do.Heart of Clay by Kevin J. Anderson - 4 starsI have read the first book in this series so I was familiar with the characters. It was nice to see Dan and his crew solve the case of the murdered golems and find a missing sword. The Renaissance Faire was filled with interesting characters and it was fun to see how everything fit together.Reprise by John G. Hartness - 4 starsThis is a Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter short story. I haven't read any of the books from that series but would definitely give them a try after reading this story. This story follows Quincy Harker as he tries to stop what is going on in the local park while coming to terms with seeing a ghost from his past. I liked the characters a lot and found the story very interesting.Asil and the Not-Date by Patricia Briggs - 5 starsThis was a great story! I love Asil and the idea of him going out on these not-dates brought a smile to my face. Tami was an interesting character. There were some pretty big surprises in this story and I loved that in the end, Asil was a hero. There was even a hint of humor to go around.In the Dust by Robert E. Hampson - 4 starsI thought that this story was very well done. We see Winnie and Jenny at key points in their life starting in their childhood. Winnie likes to tinker in the old museum while Jenny seems to have more going on in her life but they have a wonderful connection. There is a pretty big surprise in this story which I thought was very well done.Fallen by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. - 2 starsThis one was kind of confusing. The story jumps around a lot and I had a hard time keeping up. We see the main character, Estafen, in a lot of different situations but things often switched abruptly.Working Conditions by Patrick M. Tracy - 4 starsThis was a really quick story about a young man that never misses a day of work. Now that he is a vampire, it changes a few things in his working environment. I enjoyed this one quite a bit and really liked the twist.Last Contact by M.C. Sumner - 4 starsThis was a very interesting alien story. The main character is faced with a very difficult decision that can change his life forever. I really liked the descriptions and how everything played out.Ronin by William McCaskey - 3.5 starsThis was a fun little story about a warrior that I never expected. The story did go in a direction that I didn't expect which was a big plus. I did enjoy this one quite a bit.Skjoldmodir by Michael Z. Williamson and Jessica Schlenker - 4 starsI really liked this story. I hate to admit that I have not read Beowulf but it seems that this is a Beowulf story from another point of view. I felt for this mother and everything that she has been through. Her love for her son was very evident. This was very well done.Bonds of Love and Duty by Monalisa Foster - 4 starsThis was a really big story. I loved the idea of these created soldiers. This is a story of survival and fighting until the end. I thought that Andret and the wolves were all fantastic characters. This was a very entertaining read.Zombie Dearest by Laurell K. Hamilton - 4 starsI love Anita Blake in all of her necromancy glory. This is a story of one man that was raised from the dead a little too well and the impact that has left. I thought that this was an exciting story that would work very well for new readers and fans of the series.I would definitely recommend this book to others. I had a lot of luck with almost all of the stories in this collection. I enjoyed reading the stories of the authors I was already familiar with such as Patricia Briggs, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Kevin J. Anderson and finding a few new authors that I would like to read more of in the future.I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.
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  • Mary Kirkland
    January 1, 1970
    This is an anthology so I am going to do a mini review for each story. Twilight Falls by Johnathon MayberryWhen a plane is spotted flying over several villages and then people are found dead, the people in charge think someone is spraying chemicals over them. Turns out that the people in the plane weren't the problem, they were actually trying to help but other bad guys got wind of what they were doing and decided to stop them. It was a fun quick story. Not In This Lifetime by Sharon ShinnWhat This is an anthology so I am going to do a mini review for each story. Twilight Falls by Johnathon MayberryWhen a plane is spotted flying over several villages and then people are found dead, the people in charge think someone is spraying chemicals over them. Turns out that the people in the plane weren't the problem, they were actually trying to help but other bad guys got wind of what they were doing and decided to stop them. It was a fun quick story. Not In This Lifetime by Sharon ShinnWhat if you were to remember all of your past lives and the same guy kills you in each of your lives? That's what happens to Sasha in this story. Sasha remembers some of the people who have been in her life during her past lives and she's friends with them in this life. So when she spots the man who kills her and she knows will kill her in this life, she goes about trying to change the outcome this time.Mr. Positive, The Eternal Optimist by Larry CorreiaChris is from the future and is sent to do things. Like if you could go back in time and kill Hilter, would you? So Chris has a mission to shoot Stanley in the heart for some reason but Stanley puts up a good fight and Chris ends up liking him but still he needs to finish his mission. This one had an ending that went in a way I wasn't expecting. Interesting idea. No Greater Love by Kacey EzellJennilee and Anna were forced to stay in a cave Dalton left and pushed carts through the snow with their meager belongings on them but Jennilee's father had told Anna who was about to give birth, he would be back. Anna was married to Jennilee's father. When Anna dies after giving birth, Jennilee knows she can't stay there so she follows the trail her father is on only to get hurt. A woman comes to her rescue but things are not right or normal with this woman but she is able to save them both but not in a normal way. This was a really fun story. Not what I was expecting at all. Broken Son by Griffin BarberSent to a space station penal colony for a few years, Borges makes the best of his time in the mines. He must be wealthy because he is given special treatment and one of the other inmates who they refer to as the broken says he can hear a song coming from somewhere else. So when a scientist comes aboard to check something out, he introduces her to the broken and the broken makes contact with another life form who informs them what happen to them. Heart of Clay by Kevin J. AndersonA dragon with a gambling problem lost the Excalibur sword in a gambling bet and now there's a bunch of supernaturals looking for it. Someone was also killing Golems and they couldn't seem to figure out why until the end of the story. With so many different supernatural creatures in this story it was fun to see what would happen next. Reprise by John G. HartnessQuincy, the son of dracula watches a group of young people trying to summon a demon and spots a young woman who looks like the woman he loved and lost. He's taken with her and watches her and even talks with her. When he finds out what she and the others are up to it's almost too late to send the demon back to hell before it gets out and kills indiscriminately. But he's the son of dracula so thankfully things work out. Asil and the Not-Date by Patricia Briggs Asil was a wolf shifter and he knew that at some point his wolf was going to get free and probably kill someone. He was depressed but when the emails about going on dates started to anonymously come to him, it peeked his interest so he kept going on dates. Asil liked Tami even when he found out she was a white witch. A witch had killed his mate so his crabby wolf wasn't too happy about her being around him. Tami and Asil helped one of her clients when they found themselves in danger but then there's a big twist to this one and I liked it. In The Dust by Robert E. HampsonThis story took place throughout a couple's journey first as kids, then teens and then as adults with their own kids. I never knew where this story was headed until the very end which was nice. I liked this one and liked how I had to read the story and pick up on little things in order to see where this one would end up. Fallen by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.I had a hard time figuring this one out at times. It was hard to tell where Estafen was, where he had been and what was going on. He wanted to change the way things were where he was but everyone and everything around him was making that difficult. When I was done, I finally figured out that this was a religious piece and that's probably why I had a hard time deciphering it for it to make sense to me.Working Conditions by Patrick M. TracySam had recently been turned into a vampire and Delia owned the convenience store he worked at. She was a little afraid of him but he was just a lonely, young man that she was still friends with. When he bit her to save her life from terminal cancer, she knew he was one of the good guys and she made sure he had a place to work. This was a short, sweet story. Last Contact by M.C. SumnerWhen an alien ships hovers over a city, a detective shows up and tells Samuel that they want him to meet with them. Samuel is a paleoichthyologist or someone that studies extinct fish. He was taken to where the ship was a a kind of transport box was there to take him to the ship where he met and talked with the alien. The alien talked and answered questions and then had a question for him. This was interesting and thought provoking. Definitely one of my favorites. Ronin by William McCaskeyThis story is told from the vantage point of a stuffed teddy bear. I liked this story. The bear had fun with a boy that grew up to have a child of his own but the man had a lot of problems that the bear really couldn't understand. The bear can enter dreams and see what their nightmares are and help them through their fears. This story broke my heart but it was really good. Skjoldmodir by Michael Z. Williamson and Jessica SchlenkerA mother of a son who was born not quite right, living in a village where the villages grew to fear and ultimately hate Grendel, the son, the monster as he was called after he got older. A mother who could do nothing but move on after her husband was killed in battle and try to keep her son safe even though nothing could keep them safe from the hateful villagers. This was such a sad tale. Bonds of Love and Duty by Monalisa FosterThe Donai were genetically engineered soldiers but in her lab they were just children or soon to be children in the gestation pods. She escaped with Andret, the oldest Donai soldier and some of the babies still in tubes. They landed on a far away planet and he kept the tubes filled with his kind safe until other Donai came looking for him. Zombie Dearest by Laurell K. HamiltonAnita Blake was in her office when a man and woman walked in and accused her of getting their daughter pregnant. Turned out a zombie that Anita raised had sex with their daughter and when she put him back in the ground, the woman found out she was pregnant some time later. She gave birth to a normal baby but now she was laying in a hospital room dying from something the doctors couldn't figure out. So Anita finds out what's was wrong with the young woman and goes about fixing it. This is actually the story that I was most wanting to read. I got the book because of this author and am glad that I read this and the other stories. Disclosure: I was given an ARC of this ebook via NetGalley but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Lisa Wolf
    January 1, 1970
    True confession: I picked up this book for one reason and one reason only -- it includes a new Patricia Briggs story, starring the dangerous old werewolf Asil, who appears in the Alpha & Omega books primarily, although he comes up sometimes in the Mercy Thompson books too. The story is called "Asil and the Not Date", about a blind date gone bad, and the mayhem that ensues. It's fun and exciting, and is a must for fans of Briggs's world.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC copy of Fantastic Hope from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. Fantastic Hope is set for publication April 7, 2020.
  • Inkslinger
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by NetGalley, Berkley Publishing Group, Laurell K. Hamilton, and William McCaskey. All opinions are mine and freely given.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook04-13: 'Fantastic Hope' is a new anthology filled with various sci-fi and fantasy tales that has been edited by authors Laurell K. Hamilton and William McCaskey.I knew I had to read this because it contained a brand new Anita Blake story.. and I'm a huge fan of Jean-Claude and the other great males from the series. Touted as ARC provided by NetGalley, Berkley Publishing Group, Laurell K. Hamilton, and William McCaskey. All opinions are mine and freely given.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook04-13: 'Fantastic Hope' is a new anthology filled with various sci-fi and fantasy tales that has been edited by authors Laurell K. Hamilton and William McCaskey.I knew I had to read this because it contained a brand new Anita Blake story.. and I'm a huge fan of Jean-Claude and the other great males from the series. Touted as being a collection deigning to focus on the positive sides of life, while still mixing things up with the darker aspects I typically enjoy, I was eager to try it out.At first though, I wasn't sure happy endings were for me. As I slogged my way through the stories at the beginning of the collection, I found myself frequently putting the book aside to do anything. It just made me tired. I was bored, but wanted to persist.. in the hopes they would improve and it did have some great quotes. "He had the kind of face you wanted to throw a coffee cup at. Even if you like coffee as much as I do." -('Twilight Falls' by Jonathan Maberry) "My father always used to say you can't beat the stupid from people, but it sure beats listening to their stupidity." -('Broken Son' by Griffin Barber) Just over a third of the way through the book, suddenly that's exactly what happened. 'Heart of Clay: A Dan Shamble, Zombie PI Adventure' by Kevin J. Anderson was a wonderful play on some old ideas. A combination of a pseudo-retelling of a classic and a humorous zombie detective novel, it was warm, inspired, and full of humor.Likewise, 'Reprise: A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Short Story' by John G. Hartness really warmed me to the collection. It's obvious, I'm sure.. that Harker name most of us recognize, is indeed Dracula related. But what a sweet story, despite the awfulness of the topic within. I really enjoyed the intermingling of demonic/angelic mythos as well.Now, for many years I've been intending to read a Patricia Briggs book and it just hasn't happened. But as luck would have it, there was a short story included by her as well and I couldn't have been happier. 'Asil and the Not-Date' had me off balance from the start. It has such a strange, yet interesting opening. I wasn't entirely sure what was going on and it took me a few pages to get my bearings, but her writing is so smooth. Basically, the main character is being set-up on 'dates' with by an anonymous group. All the information is being exchanged only by emails coming from someone marked 'Concerned Friends. At the point where we pick up, he's already two dates down out of five and they have been more than interesting, to say the least. From here though, the next one definitely takes it up a few notches and I absolutely loved the story.Other's included that deserve mention are McCaskey's 'Ronin' - which is a truly unique guardian tale, 'Skjoldmodir' by Michael Z. Williamson and Jessica Schlenker - a heartwrenching retelling of Beowulf, 'Bonds of Love and Duty' by Monalisa Foster, and of course.. 'Zombie Dearest' by Laurell K. Hamilton, which was unfortunately the last title in the book.. but well worth the wait. ​After all, I did get to see Jean-Claude and Nicky was there too. I've always been conflicted about the Anita character and the whole center of everyone's universe angle, but the boys and the unique stories drive me to continue reading the series. When it comes down to it, that's a personal preference issue and does nothing to take away from Hamilton's ability as a writer.If you're looking for a good collection of stories that you can easily read in chunks around quarantine home-schooling, with positive endings to brighten your days indoors.. look no further. Give this one a try.PURCHASE LINKS: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOOGLEPLAY BOOKS | KOBO------------------04-12: Finally finished today! The book does pick up pretty well. Review to come, tomorrow. :)04-11: This has been a slow read for me for some reason. I'll admit, I didn't find the early stories interesting, but also I've just been tired I think. 04-09: I'm only a few stories in and it's marked an excerpt but it seems to all be there. We'll see. lol. I'm not sure happily ever after is really my thing..04-06: This one is also out on Tuesday! I only got an excerpt.. but I've been reading the Anita Blake series for years and I definitely wanted to see the new story as well as check out the other authors included in this anthology. I'm going to have to pick up a full copy soon..
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  • Patricia Lopes
    January 1, 1970
    Only Read "ASIL AND THE NOT-DATE" by Patricia BriggsThis story is about Asil's 3rd date, I am unsure if there is the 2nd date story, I can't find it.Anyway's this date also went sideways... I had some hope for this one, but... Things are not what they 1st appear.I'm curious as for the rest of the dates and I hope Asil finds some happiness.After asking for it on Patty's facebook got this answer:"You haven't missed it! Patty decided it was too rude to write, lol! So I told her in that case, she Only Read "ASIL AND THE NOT-DATE" by Patricia BriggsThis story is about Asil's 3rd date, I am unsure if there is the 2nd date story, I can't find it.Anyway's this date also went sideways... I had some hope for this one, but... Things are not what they 1st appear.I'm curious as for the rest of the dates and I hope Asil finds some happiness.After asking for it on Patty's facebook got this answer:"You haven't missed it! Patty decided it was too rude to write, lol! So I told her in that case, she owes us an extra date story to make up for #2! 😁 --Ann the trusty assistant"So maybe we'll get the "rude" 2nd date story in the future.
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  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fantastic Hope is a scifi fantasy anthology with stories which offer hope.  In today's odd world, these are welcome.  There are only a few authors I have read previously, and only two stories with characters I already knew.I am not going to do an in depth review of all the stories but I would say they were all enjoyable. None of This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fantastic Hope is a scifi fantasy anthology with stories which offer hope.  In today's odd world, these are welcome.  There are only a few authors I have read previously, and only two stories with characters I already knew.I am not going to do an in depth review of all the stories but I would say they were all enjoyable. None of them were bad or such that I wished I hadn't read it or anything.  I would place them into three groups: Ones I really loved,  Ones I really enjoyed, and Ones I liked. Twilight Falls by Jonathan Mabarry - a Joe Ledger story Not in This Lifetime by Sharon Shinn Mr. Positive, The Eternal Optimist by Larry Correia -  I really enjoyed Stanley and Chris.  It was terrifying and then funny. No Greater Love by Kacey Ezell- There are some aspects about this which I usually wouldn't like (religious)  but Jennilee was awesome. Broken Son by Griffin Barber Heart of Clay by Kevin J. Anderson - a Dan Shamble, Zombie PI adventure Reprise by John G. Hartness - a Quincy Harker, demon hunter story Asil and the Not-Date by Patricia Briggs - I know and love this world so this was very fun for me. In the Dust by Robert E. Hampson - Scientists in the future on different planets. Fallen by LE Modesitt, JR - This one felt too political or religious for my taste Working Conditions by Patrick M. Tracy Last Contact by MC Sumner - a fun alien encounter. Ronin by William McCaskey - Dreams and nightmares of a human watched over with love. Skjoldmodir by Michale Z. Williamson and Jessica Schlenker - I liked this story but it was so sad. Bonds of Love and Duty by Monalisa Foster - Genetic engineering and the cultural racial biases vs. compassion and humanity. Zombie Dearest by Laurell K. Hamilton - My favorite characters from the series, Anita Blake and Jean-Claude. I haven't read the most recent books but I was very happy to see these two tracking down a raised zombie gone wrong.  I sometimes have trouble with the start of a new book or series in this genre and so that was bound to happen with some of them.  I would rather have read this anthology over a longer period of time, leaving myself more time between stories to absorb and appreciate them.  I do recommend this anthology.   Some of the ones I really enjoyed come from series I would like to read now, because I realize I would have loved them with the background of a series I knew.
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  • Carien
    January 1, 1970
    A great collection.I especially loved the stories by Sharon Shinn and Patricia Briggs
  • Mskychick
    January 1, 1970
    Not in This Lifetime by Sharon Shinn- 3 starsAsil and the Not-Date. 5 starsDidnt read any of the other stories, especially not the awful Laurell K. Hamilton Not in This Lifetime by Sharon Shinn- 3 starsAsil and the Not-Date. 5 starsDidn’t read any of the other stories, especially not the awful Laurell K. Hamilton
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  • Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
    January 1, 1970
    There were some interesting stories and not my cuppa stories in this anthology. I only reviewed the two that I bought the book for: Asil and the Not-Date by Patricia BriggsAsils well meaning friends have set him up on a few blind not-dates. Theres a few...stipulations (he is a grumpy old wolf), a betting pool, and some really wacky end results! Asils dating life has become a highlight in these novellas, but I wasnt expecting the twist in this one at all! Not In This Lifetime by Sharon ShinnThis There were some interesting stories and not my cuppa stories in this anthology. I only reviewed the two that I bought the book for: Asil and the Not-Date by Patricia BriggsAsil’s well meaning friends have set him up on a few blind not-dates. There’s a few...stipulations (he is a grumpy old wolf), a betting pool, and some really wacky end results! Asil’s dating life has become a highlight in these novellas, but I wasn’t expecting the twist in this one at all! Not In This Lifetime by Sharon ShinnThis short reminded me of The Age of Adeline; except Sasha dies and comes back in each life, while remembering those she left behind. Add a bit of suspense with a killer and mild comic relief with great cast of characters to help Sasha out and boom! Great story.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.As a slightly crazed LKH fan, I had really high hopes for this anthology but it didnt quite live up to my expectations. Im honestly not sure how much of my ambivalent reaction to this collection is because of the actual stories or to the fact that I was quite unwell while reading and found it difficult to concentrate at times. Im quite reluctant for anyone to be guided by my personal response to the anthology but I will try to I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.As a slightly crazed LKH fan, I had really high hopes for this anthology but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I’m honestly not sure how much of my ambivalent reaction to this collection is because of the actual stories or to the fact that I was quite unwell while reading and found it difficult to concentrate at times. I’m quite reluctant for anyone to be guided by my personal response to the anthology but I will try to outline some of my reservations.Firstly, this collection of stories is a mashup of genres and I’m not sure the mix is completely successful. While I love Patricia Briggs’ and Laurell K Hamilton’s Urban Fantasy, I’m not a huge science fiction fan and I have to be in the right mood for action thrillers and philosophical diatribes. I also worry that the timing of this collection isn’t brilliant. The first story is about a special ops team racing to prevent a pandemic - and I read it while quite ill from the pandemic that no one was able to stop. The preface talks about a collection of hopeful stories but the only stories I’m currently managing to engage with are fluffy romcoms - and I know I’m not alone. I found the violent action in too many of these stories difficult and some of the hope seemed quite intangible and ephemeral. The preface also explains that this is a collection of stories by a mix of new and established writers. Usually, I love collections like this because I fall in love with at least one new writer. That didn’t happen here. I enjoyed Briggs’ and Hamilton’s stories but failed to engage with most of the others. I really couldn’t follow the story about Estefan and the battle between knowledge and belief and it took me ages to understand what was going on in the one about the teddy bear and the soldier with PTSD. I was thoroughly confused by the futuristic space adventure that doesn’t offer any real introduction or world building at the start. Again, I read this with a fever so some of my responses can be attributed to my addled brain.Ultimately, while this anthology didn’t work for me, I hope the collection connects with other readers. As reviewers, we often sign up for books months ahead and have a limited window in which to read them before publication. I really wouldn’t have chosen to read this book during the past two weeks and I’m very aware that I might have engaged better with it at a different time.
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  • Alexis Stankewitz
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good collection of stories. I like anthologies because I'm able to read authors I haven't yet read. Although, I was super excited to read Asil's Story by Patricia Briggs!
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I lean more towards fantasy than sci-fi in my reading preferences, and it showed in the stories that I seemed to enjoy more. I wanted to read this because of the short story by Patricia Briggs (love her series!) and I was not disappointed. I also wanted to see what the characters in Laurell K. Hamiltons world are up to, even though I stopped reading the Anita Blake series awhile back. Loved the series, but there didnt seem to be much of a story advancement in the books with all the sex scenes I lean more towards fantasy than sci-fi in my reading preferences, and it showed in the stories that I seemed to enjoy more. I wanted to read this because of the short story by Patricia Briggs (love her series!) and I was not disappointed. I also wanted to see what the characters in Laurell K. Hamilton’s world are up to, even though I stopped reading the Anita Blake series awhile back. Loved the series, but there didn’t seem to be much of a story advancement in the books with all the sex scenes (and I read erotica and romance, so it’s not like I don’t like reading about sex!!!) I enjoyed Zombie Dearest, and since there was no sex in it to keep it clean for the anthology, there was actually a story there.Some of the other fantasy stories that I really enjoyed and want to read more from the authors because of their writing were; Not in this Lifetime by Sharon Shinn, Mr. Positive the Eternal Optimist by Larry Correia, Heart of Clay by Kevin J. Anderson, and Reprise by John G. Hartness. And the sci-fi stories that I really liked were Broken Son by Griffin Barber, Last Contact by M.C. Sumner, and Bonds of Love and Duty by Monalisa Foster.All the other ones were enjoyable, except I really couldn’t get into Fallen by L.E. Modesitt Jr. A very good short story collection that makes reading a story or two before bed an enjoyable thing to do, and perhaps you’ll find a new author… or five!
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    This review is based only on the following stories.Twilight Falls by Jonathan MaberryJoe and his crew end up on a mission that as always, it goes sideways, yet Joe says the day.Not in this Lifetime by Sharon ShinnThis one was interesting, liked the talk about past lives and finding the same people and time again. I was so happy that this time around things were different for Sasha.Asil and the Not-Date by Patricia BriggsI'm not going to lie, I picked up this book mostly to read this one. Asil is This review is based only on the following stories.Twilight Falls by Jonathan MaberryJoe and his crew end up on a mission that as always, it goes sideways, yet Joe says the day.Not in this Lifetime by Sharon ShinnThis one was interesting, liked the talk about past lives and finding the same people and time again. I was so happy that this time around things were different for Sasha.Asil and the Not-Date by Patricia BriggsI'm not going to lie, I picked up this book mostly to read this one. Asil is a favorite character. I liked how the pack was torturing Asil by making him date, but as always Asil did things his way, which is not how everyone else does things. I loved how Asil worked around the rules and still stayed true to himself.Zombie Dearest by Laurell K. Hamilton Anita used to be one of my favorite characters and I would re-read the series over and over. But the last few have lost their luster for me. So reluctantly I read this one. It was ok, more of Anita learning her power is much more than she thought, she has a hard time dealing, blah, blah. Same thing, but at least we didn't have pages and pages of random sex with people she felt indebted to.
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  • Stefanie Haley-mccanless
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Compilations are hard for me. I'll be all in and boom- that story is over, and now I have to clear my head and jump into another one. That's a personal problem though....There were some really great short stories in here and some not so great short stories. All in all it's a good read, and I do recommend it for sci-fi and fantasy readers.
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  • William Howe
    January 1, 1970
    I dont give anthologies 5 starsThere are usually some really good stories and at least one that is only okay.I would be hard pressed to point out which of these was only okay.And now I have a few new authors to check out. I don’t give anthologies 5 starsThere are usually some really good stories and at least one that is only ‘okay’.I would be hard pressed to point out which of these was only ‘okay’.And now I have a few new authors to check out.
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  • Ruth Klassert
    January 1, 1970
    If youve been having issues with anxiety disorders or depression or physical symptoms bc of COVID19, and enjoy the fantasy genre, pick up this collection. Its so soothing and sweet & sometimes, guaranteed happy endings is exactly what the human soul needs when everything is so uncertain. If you’ve been having issues with anxiety disorders or depression or physical symptoms bc of COVID19, and enjoy the fantasy genre, pick up this collection. It’s so soothing and sweet & sometimes, guaranteed happy endings is exactly what the human soul needs when everything is so uncertain.
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  • Heather Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    While the Patricia Briggs story was by far my favourite, the other story's where all very fun and entertaining as well!
  • Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
    January 1, 1970
    4/16/20 - I am #42 in the queue of 2 ebooks. Let's see if it really takes about 6 months for my loan to download. waiting for library ebook loan
  • Mark Wilcox
    January 1, 1970
    Hands down this was the book I needed during the Pandemic. The title says it all, the entire book is Hope. If you're feeling anxious, depressed, or just a little blah, there is a story guaranteed to perk you up in this book.
  • Jennifer Rittmann
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the best gathering of short stories that I have ever read. Some of these stories are not from authors I would have normally even considered, and found them very well written and very enjoyable.
  • mlady_rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    The Anita Blake story, Zombie Dearest, references the too alive zombie Thomas Warrington from Dead Ice.Disappointing. It was Anita the brute force, gun totting bully. The only real moment I found interesting was Jean-Claude restless without his lace to fuss with. Jean-Claude & Zerbrowski were mostly afterthoughts. And, of course, the not the least beloved Nicki was around to knock down doors and intimidate witnesses.Short & sour, not sweet.2 stars[Overall rating covers the single short I The Anita Blake story, “Zombie Dearest”, references the “too alive“ zombie Thomas Warrington from “Dead Ice”.Disappointing. It was Anita the brute force, gun totting bully. The only real moment I found interesting was Jean-Claude restless without his lace to fuss with. Jean-Claude & Zerbrowski were mostly afterthoughts. And, of course, the “not the least beloved” Nicki was around to knock down doors and intimidate witnesses.Short & sour, not sweet.2 stars[Overall rating covers the single short I’ve read at the moment.]****Asil and the Not-Date (An Alpha and Omega story), Patricia Briggs.Odd story, especially the cringey cat part, but a diverting read.3 stars
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  • Miki
    January 1, 1970
    As usual, one or two stories were good, the rest not so much. "Asil and the Non-Date" was the best because Patricia Briggs is a great favorite. I also liked "No Greater Love", "Ronin" and "Not In This Lifetime". The rest just didn't do anything for me.
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  • Erica Chilson
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads5 Stars Spoiler-Free Review. This won't be a comprehensive review of the content, simply because a small rundown of the plots would pretty much spoil most of the short stories, giving too much information away. Fantastic Hope is an anthology of 17 short stories by different authors, each featuring the science fiction genre. LKH is one of my all-time favorite authors, the Anita Blake series at the top of my reread list. I was I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads5 Stars Spoiler-Free Review. This won't be a comprehensive review of the content, simply because a small rundown of the plots would pretty much spoil most of the short stories, giving too much information away. Fantastic Hope is an anthology of 17 short stories by different authors, each featuring the science fiction genre. LKH is one of my all-time favorite authors, the Anita Blake series at the top of my reread list. I was thrilled to read even the smallest of short stories in that universe, so I jumped at the chance to read Fantastic Hope. Other than LKH, Patricia Briggs is the only other author I've ever read previously. Both of the short stories were familiar to me, like a homecoming by seeing some of my favorite characters. I actually read the Anita Blake short twice, simply because it was nice to read something new in that universe. Enjoying the anthology, I read about two shorts per day on average, trying to draw out the experience. Stepping away helped so that I didn't get the stories mixed up, and gave me time to research the author. Some of the stories were a massive hit for me, whetting my appetite to go back and search out the universe in which the story was born. Others were so-so, but still captured my interest to check out the author's backlist, simply because I was unfamiliar with their worlds. Highly recommended. All in all, even if you're only familiar with one or two authors in the anthology, Fantastic Hope is a great opportunity to discover other science fiction authors, just a small taste of their writing style and the worlds they've created.
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  • Louisa
    January 1, 1970
    Great collection of stories, lots of interesting worlds, and great to visit ones that we have some standing in, like Patricia Briggs story and Laurell K. Hamilton's story, which are the 2 reasons why I picked up this book!
  • WycEd Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Check out our FANTASTIC HOPE post on Wicked Reads.Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review TeamErica ☆☆☆☆☆Spoiler-Free ReviewThis won't be a comprehensive review of the content, simply because a small rundown of the plots would pretty much spoil most of the short stories, giving too much information away.Fantastic Hope is an anthology of 16 short stories by different authors, each featuring the science fiction genre.Laurell K. Hamilton (LKH) is one of my all-time favorite authors, the Anita Blake Check out our FANTASTIC HOPE post on Wicked Reads.Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review TeamErica – ☆☆☆☆☆Spoiler-Free ReviewThis won't be a comprehensive review of the content, simply because a small rundown of the plots would pretty much spoil most of the short stories, giving too much information away.Fantastic Hope is an anthology of 16 short stories by different authors, each featuring the science fiction genre.Laurell K. Hamilton (LKH) is one of my all-time favorite authors, the Anita Blake series at the top of my reread list. I was thrilled to read even the smallest of short stories in that universe, so I jumped at the chance to read Fantastic Hope. Other than LKH, Patricia Briggs is the only other author I've ever read previously. Both of their short stories were familiar to me, like a homecoming by seeing some of my favorite characters. I actually read the Anita Blake short twice, simply because it was nice to read something new in that universe.Enjoying the anthology, I read about two shorts per day on average, trying to draw out the experience. Stepping away helped so that I didn't get the stories mixed up, and gave me time to research the author. Some of the stories were a massive hit for me, whetting my appetite to go back and search out the universe in which the story was born. Others were so-so, but still captured my interest to check out the author's backlist, simply because I was unfamiliar with their worlds.Highly recommended. All in all, even if you're only familiar with one or two authors in the anthology, Fantastic Hope is a great opportunity to discover other science fiction authors, just a small taste of their writing style and the worlds they've created.Sarah – ☆☆☆As a slightly crazed Laurell K. Hamilton fan, I had really high hopes for this anthology but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.I’m honestly not sure how much of my ambivalent reaction to this collection is because of the actual stories or to the fact that I was quite unwell while reading and found it difficult to concentrate at times. I’m quite reluctant for anyone to be guided by my personal response to the anthology but I will try to outline some of my reservations.Firstly, this collection of stories is a mashup of genres and I’m not sure the mix is completely successful. While I love Patricia Briggs’ and Laurell K Hamilton’s Urban Fantasy, I’m not a huge science fiction fan and I have to be in the right mood for action thrillers and philosophical diatribes.I also worry that the timing of this collection isn’t brilliant. The first story is about a special ops team racing to prevent a pandemic – and I read it while quite ill from the pandemic that no one was able to stop. The preface talks about a collection of hopeful stories but the only stories I’m currently managing to engage with are fluffy romcoms – and I know I’m not alone. I found the violent action in too many of these stories difficult and some of the hope seemed quite intangible and ephemeral.The preface also explains that this is a collection of stories by a mix of new and established writers. Usually, I love collections like this because I fall in love with at least one new writer. That didn’t happen here. I enjoyed Briggs’ and Hamilton’s stories but failed to engage with most of the others. I really couldn’t follow the story about Estefan and the battle between knowledge and belief and it took me ages to understand what was going on in the one about the teddy bear and the soldier with PTSD. I was thoroughly confused by the futuristic space adventure that doesn’t offer any real introduction or world building at the start. Again, I read this with a fever so some of my responses can be attributed to my addled brain.Ultimately, while this anthology didn’t work for me, I hope the collection connects with other readers. As reviewers, we often sign up for books months ahead and have a limited window in which to read them before publication. I really wouldn’t have chosen to read this book during the past two weeks and I’m very aware that I might have engaged better with it at a different time.Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
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  • Samantha Hauser
    January 1, 1970
    I have had the pleasure of getting an advanced reader copy of Fantastic Hope, the new paranormal anthology that was released on April 7, 2020. This arc was provided via Netgalley, the best place for reviewers and avid readers to get and review new books. This anthology is a great way to be introduced to a wide variety of authors and writing styles. You may just buy it for one author and find a whole new library to read during this uncertain time. With a wide variety of bestselling authors this I have had the pleasure of getting an advanced reader copy of Fantastic Hope, the new paranormal anthology that was released on April 7, 2020. This arc was provided via Netgalley, the best place for reviewers and avid readers to get and review new books. This anthology is a great way to be introduced to a wide variety of authors and writing styles. You may just buy it for one author and find a whole new library to read during this uncertain time. With a wide variety of bestselling authors this anthology has a lot of bang for your buck.While I could go crazy with this book review and write pages upon pages and bury you in paper, time is at a premium. This anthology is a great way to get acquainted with a number of authors and their writing styles. You may buy it for the latest in one series and end up with a new series to read, to love, and maybe even obsess about. These authors each have unique backgrounds and those backgrounds inform each story with details that will delight readers, . Rather than going through each story and providing spoilers that might make longtime fans and new readers alike angry, I will cede this space to a part of the Foreword and the words of the editors."It’s a place where the hero wins, the bad guy is punished, and the monsters are only real while you’re reading the story. You can close the covers and be safe. Unlike the real terrors of the world online and in the news lately...welcome to a collection of stories where you can find hope, happy endings, loyalty, freedom, love, all the positive things that make the best of us. Welcome to thrilling adventures and a modern take on two-fisted adventure stories...Have faith in yourself, in the people who love you, in magic, in religion, in Deity, in science, and in things harder to label with just one word. Believe that there will be smiles after the tears, joy after the pain, and that it will all work out, that good will triumph and evil will not win forever...You’re holding people’s dreams in your hands, dreams made real for you to read and share. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did." Laurell K Hamilton"Laurell is a big proponent of people doing their therapy and working through their shit. We sat over lunch and talked about the depressing stories that seemed to be everywhere, in the news and in fiction, and lamented that there weren’t more uplifting stories... Laurell and I are both survivors and we know that the world is not all unicorns, rainbows, and glitter. but we also know that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that the darkness can be pushed back, even if it starts with a spark....I hope that in this book you find a story that speaks to you that reminds you that tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities." William McCaskeyBelieve again. Dream again. Know that you have the power to do the impossible and conquer your demons. Start a new relationship with favorite authors and new voices. Start here.#netgalley #LaurellKHamilton #FantasticHope #lkh #AnitaBlake #WilliamMccaskey #vampirehunter #supernatural #JonathanMaberry #Sharonshinn #LarryCorreia #KaceyEzell #griffinBarber #GriffinBarber #KevinJAnderson #JohnGHartness #PatriciaBriggs #RobertEHamilton #LEModesittJR #PatrickMTracy #MCSumner #MichealZWilliamson #JessicaSchlenker #MonaLisaFoster #Zombies #ghosts #necromancers #magic #vampires #witch #JoeLedgerRogueTeam #JoeLedgerRogueTeamInternationalAdventure #TwilightFalls #NotInThisLifetime #MrPositiveTheEternalOptimist #NoGreaterLove #BrokenSon #HeartofClay #Reprise #AsilandTheNotdate #inthedust #Fallen #workingConditions #lastContact #Ronin #skjolmodir #bondsofloveandduty #zombieDearest #donShambleZombiePI #MercyThompson #AlphaandOmega #MonsterHunterInternational #grimnoirchronicles #deadsix #SagaoftheforgottenWarrior #DragonAwardwinner #quincyHarker #sagaofrecluse #militarythriller #romance #paranormalromance #urbanfantasy #newsfromtheedge #geeks #doctoriteinwhat? #gunsmith #shapeshifter #anthology #shortstory #novella #whattodowhenunderquarantine #Stuckathome #booktoread #lateststory #apocalypse #magic #dreams #hope #sciencefiction #fantasy #horror #betterfuture #betterpresent #happyending #magicalthinking #dragon #dystopian #goodconquersall #heros #villians #impossible
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  • Thenia
    January 1, 1970
    Previous book reviews:✦ Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson, #12) ~ ★★★★★ (23/03/2020)✦ Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson, #11) ~ ★★★★ (25/09/2019)✦ Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega, #5) ~ ★★★★ (25/09/2019)✦ Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) ~ ★★★★ (10/03/2017, 24/09/2019)✦ Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) ~ ★★★★ (13/03/2016, 24/09/2019)(view spoiler)[✦ Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, #8) ~ ★★★★★ (12/03/2014, 23/09/2019)✦ Hopcross Jilly #1-6 ~ ★★★★ (23/09/2019)✦ Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) ~ ★★★★ Previous book reviews:✦ Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson, #12) ~ ★★★★★ (23/03/2020)✦ Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson, #11) ~ ★★★★ (25/09/2019)✦ Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega, #5) ~ ★★★★ (25/09/2019)✦ Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) ~ ★★★★ (10/03/2017, 24/09/2019)✦ Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) ~ ★★★★ (13/03/2016, 24/09/2019)(view spoiler)[✦ Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, #8) ~ ★★★★★ (12/03/2014, 23/09/2019)✦ Hopcross Jilly #1-6 ~ ★★★★ (23/09/2019)✦ Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) ~ ★★★★ (30/05/2015, 23/09/2019)✦ Unappreciated Gifts (Alpha & Omega, #3.5) ~ ★★★★ (22/09/2019)✦ Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7) ~ ★★★★★ (22/03/2013, 22/09/2019)✦ Fair Game (Alpha & Omega, #3) ~ ★★★★ (17/08/2013, 22/09/2019)✦ River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6) ~ ★★★★★ (22/03/2013, 22/09/2019)✦ Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5) ~ ★★★★★ (12/04/2012, 10/03/2014, 22/09/2019)✦ Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4) ~ ★★★★★ (11/01/2011, 09/03/2014, 21/09/2019)✦ Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3) ~ ★★★★★ (04/11/2010, 09/03/2014, 21/09/2019)✦ Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2) ~ ★★★★★ (04/09/2010, 08/03/2014, 21/09/2019)✦ Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2) ~ ★★★★ (12/05/2011, 20/09/2019)✦ Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) ~ ★★★★ (08/09/2010, 20/09/2019)✦ Alpha and Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5) ~ ★★★★ (16/09/2010, 19/09/2019)✦ Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) ~ ★★★★★ (01/08/2010, 11/03/2014, 20/09/2019)✦ Mercy Thompson: Homecoming (Mercedes Thompson Graphic Novels 0) ~ ★★★ (13/03/2014) (hide spoiler)]
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  • Ursula
    January 1, 1970
    Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review. Fantastic Hope is an anthology of short stories by some of today's most popular authors including Laurell K Hamilton, Patricia Briggs, Jonathan Maberry, William McCaskey and more! I really enjoyed this collection. There was a varied mix of tales from cyborg assassins, bio terrorists, mormon werewolves, zombie detectives, crime dramas and more. Some of the stories made Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review. Fantastic Hope is an anthology of short stories by some of today's most popular authors including Laurell K Hamilton, Patricia Briggs, Jonathan Maberry, William McCaskey and more! I really enjoyed this collection. There was a varied mix of tales from cyborg assassins, bio terrorists, mormon werewolves, zombie detectives, crime dramas and more. Some of the stories made me laugh, some had me on the edge of my seat, others were engaging entertainment. There is a little something to appeal to a variety of readers. I was originally interested in this anthology for Laurell K Hamilton and Patricia Briggs' stories, so its no surprise that those two were my favorites in the book. If I had to pick one, my favorite story was Asil and the Not Date by Patricia Briggs. But there were other gems that I really enjoyed like Mr. Positive the Eternal Optimist by Larry Correia. This was a humorous little tale that will have you taking a second look at your outlook on life. I thought all of the stories were well written with interesting characters. The different writing styles, world building, time frames, and tone was also very refreshing. I'm not too sure why the book was titled Fantastic Hope, while most of the stories had happy endings there were still a lot of drama, murder, and bleak plights taking place that I didn't find it particularly hopeful overall. That being said this read was a nice distraction from current events. No surprises here, the stories I enjoyed the most fall into the sci-fi/fantasy end of the spectrum. I think what I like most about this collection, was exploring more of the worlds by the authors I was already familiar with like Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series. But I was also excited to find new authors that I'd like to explore more, like Kevin J Anderson and John G Hartness. This gem published by Berkley is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give Fantastic Hope 4 out of 5 gems. I enjoyed this collection and hope to read more collections like this in the future. Happy Reading!
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  • Orestes
    January 1, 1970
    TWILIGHT FALLS by Jonathan Maberry5/5I want to read more about the Rogue team.NOT IN THIS LIFETIME by Sharon ShinnSasha & Lily maybe?3/5 might look up moreMR. POSITIVE, THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST by Larry Correianot very good. 2/5 will not be looking up more yetNO GREATER LOVE by Kacey Ezellit was ok 3/5 might look up more if there are any.BROKEN SON by Griffin Barberinteresting. 3/5HEART OF CLAY by Kevin J. Anderson2.5/5 not as interesting as I thought it might be.REPRISE by John G. Hartness3.5/5 TWILIGHT FALLS by Jonathan Maberry5/5I want to read more about the Rogue team.NOT IN THIS LIFETIME by Sharon ShinnSasha & Lily maybe?3/5 might look up moreMR. POSITIVE, THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST by Larry Correianot very good. 2/5 will not be looking up more yetNO GREATER LOVE by Kacey Ezellit was ok 3/5 might look up more if there are any.BROKEN SON by Griffin Barberinteresting. 3/5HEART OF CLAY by Kevin J. Anderson2.5/5 not as interesting as I thought it might be.REPRISE by John G. Hartness3.5/5 I will be looking up the Quincy Harker booksASIL AND THE NOT-DATE by Patricia Briggs4/5 I truly enjoy the characters of this universe. I wish there were more. IN THE DUST by Robert E. Hampson2.5/5 It fit the theme of the overall bookFALLEN by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.2/5 not as good as I had hoped. Might be that it was too short?WORKING CONDITIONS by Patrick M. Tracy2/5 I got through itLAST CONTACT by M. C. Sumner2.5/5 It had potential. I had hoped for a little moreRONIN by William McCaskey3/5 It was interesting. I appreciate what it said.SKJÖLDMÓÐIR by Michael Z. Williamson and Jessica Schlenker3/5 A retelling of Grendel.BONDS OF LOVE AND DUTY by Monalisa Foster3.5/5 I truly enjoyed this one. I attempted to look for more didn't find it.ZOMBIE DEAREST by Laurell K. Hamilton5/5 I truly enjoyed this. I like that Laurell used a previews short story and made it a part 2
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