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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tales From the Edge of Forever by Alexander Hammond: A Review

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A few weeks ago I told you all about a cool new book called Tales from the Edge of Forever by Alexander Hammond. I had not read it and now that I have, here is my review.

Tales is a nothing-short-of-brilliant anthology that mixes sci fi, fantasy and horror with a dash of spirituality and suspense. Each story is a mind-blowing adventure that inspires an amazing plethora of reactions ranging from incredulous to shocked to Ah Ha to Oh. My. God. From the first page, one is transported into a Serlingesque world where anything can happen. The Universe as we know it is completely flipped. Hammond pushes the envelope in every conceivable way.

The writing is clever, stylish and highly original. Hammond has a real command of description and dialogue that infuses his tales with a unique sensibility. His gift for characterization is bold and compelling. The cast of intriguing characters within these pages range from a boy who realizes he's God to an Air Force colonel who discovers he's really part of an alien/human experiment to an exobiologist attempting to report on a new species.

I had a hard time putting this book down to go to bed, to get off the train, to work on my own stories, anything. In fact, when I absolutely had to work on my edits, I gave this to a friend for safe keeping. And I got her addicted. This book is literary prescription drugs and I guarantee you will be rereading. Why? Because you will find something new that you missed the first time around.


  1. I agree, I've read it three times and even made my mommy read it, lol. Great review, you can see an interview with the writer on my blog if interested.

  2. Hey thanks, Natasha! I will definitely be heading over checking out your review.

  3. Great review Mel!

    I'm an online friend of Hammond's as well, and he is an intelligent man. I'm not the least bit surprised by your high praise.

    I'm hoping to get to his book this weekend. You've really heightened my anticipation!

  4. Your review just made the book so mouthwatering, Mel. Great job!
    That cover of the book also really imaginative and it sounds that the story could make an intriguing movie storyline as well.

  5. That's a wonderful review, Mel. It really is, especially the final line:

    "I guarantee you will be rereading. Why? Because you will find something new that you missed the first time around."

    After that great line, I deeply doubt there will be someone who wouldn't want to read this book :)

  6. I sooo love me some short stories, and if they're sf it's a special treat. Great review, Melsy!

  7. I love how your reviews are always to the point Mel, well written.

    I love books that you think you know something but then later lets you in on something you might have missed out before and go 'oh yeahhhhhhhh' ha ha

  8. Thanks, Matt. I hope you get his book this weekend because it is a powerful reading experience and I don't use that phrase lightly. I'm glad I've made you more excited about it.

  9. Hi Jaccstev, thank you so much. Anyone of these stories would be a truly excellent film, there's a lot of rich material.

  10. Awww, thanks George. I'm happy you liked the review. I really do hope people will see the brilliance of this book.

  11. Hey Dez, thank you so much. I really think you would love this book so I hope you will get a chance to read it.

  12. Thanks, Demps. Glad you liked the review. I love books like that as well which is why I loved this one so much.

  13. What a review! I'm sure the author is thrilled. I guess I'd better read that story.
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

  14. Thanks, Nancy! I can't recommend this book enough. :)

  15. Many thanks for the kind words Melissa and the time you took to read it. Its most rewarding to see ones humble efforts giving so much pleasure...

  16. Alex, you are most welcome. I was more than happy to do this as I love supporting my fellow writers and their work. I wish you tons of success.


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