It is just so exciting to read what people think about Disrupted Worlds and I appreciate so much the effort that reviewers make, so thank you to Yacouba T for making my day with a review on amazon.com under the heading “Great sampling of indie authors” quoted below in warts and all style:
“Independent authors and publishers need more offerings like Disrupted Worlds. All too often, independent works get rushed to market without thorough editing or a professional look.
This collection provides a good sampling of what indie authors and publishers are capable of when they respect the readers enough to work on their craft and present a clean product. So thanks to the authors and editor!
As for the stories, I generally second the review from Oh Yeah! There are a few places where it feels to me like the writing craft is still being honed. I suppose it’s somewhat like watching a college baseball team in action – flashes of Major League talent with the occasional over-throw of the cut-off man. I’m going to give the MVP award to Gotcha.
I’d love to see the same treatment given to some of my “favorite” politicians. Unfortunately for Maggie, most of what I know about her comes from this clever short story. I’m pretty sure I learned some accurate history though…
All in all, I highly recommend Disrupted Worlds if you are looking for a sampling of fresh indie authors in a package that won’t distract you with errors.
Charlie Darren is a regular guy just trying to get by in a cold, indifferent cosmos. He’s a smart and amiable chap, but he has a lot of problems. He was on death row from the age of three until his early teens for a crime he sort of didn’t really commit, his step father is trying to kill him with mutant scorpions just to get out of paying him his allowance, and his bank manager has bounty hunters scouring the stars for him because he missed a couple of repayments on his student loan.
In an effort to clear his debts and prevent his vital organs being harvested and sold to the highest bidder, Charlie takes a job as a credit register attendant aboard a franchised fast food space station. One day the eatery receives a most illustrious visitor: General Urgos the Pitiless, supreme commander of the majestic legions of the Armandax Empire. He orders some doughnuts and a hot beverage to set him up for a hard day of genocide and carpet bombing.
Things go awry, however, when the general’s sworn arch enemy also shows up at the restaurant and an interplanetary skirmish erupts in the breakfast bar. Charlie Darren must use all of his wit and charm to survive the conflagration of death that is exploding all around him. This is a story of terror, survival, redemption and crocodile skin thigh boots.”
My Ebook review: this is a fun read that delightfully fills a spare few moments. The action is rapid and splendidly ludicrous. The narrator Charlie Darren is just a guy trying to find his way in a crazy universe. The aliens are nicely fleshed out given the brevity of the work.
Overall this is a charming science fiction short story full of drama and humorous situations.