Review: Akio & the Dream World by Carl A. Snook (2015)

Akio & the Dream World by Carl A. Snook

Publisher: New Generation Publishing
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 2015
Length: 119
Author: Twitter, Facebook

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Synopsis via Goodreads: “I wish I had never taken that bus. I just want to get home.” 

“Akio my boy, just remember, what saves a man is to take a step, then another step. It is always the same step, but it gets you to where you are. You took that first step on to that bus, and it led you here, now all you have to do, is keep on stepping, and you’ll find yourself to be somewhere else. Life is a journey Akio, and we are the ones who choose where to step next.”

Take a journey into the deep unknown of the imagination. Join Akio as he explores a world thrust upon him where in a matter of minutes, even a ‘Dream world’ is turned upside down and teaches our young hero that not everything is always how it seems.

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REVIEW: Strange Secrets by Mike Russell (2018)

Strange Secrets by Mike Russell
Publisher: Strange Books
Format: Paperback
Length: 154
Published: 2018
Author: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

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Synopsis via GoodreadsDiscover the mystery of the two-headed rose and many more Strange Secrets in this new collection of extraordinary stories by Mike Russell. ‘It can’t be real.’ ‘But it is.’ Strange Secrets invites you to discover the magical and the marvellous. Startlingly inventive and constantly entertaining, these unique, vital and vividly realised stories will take you to places you have never been before. Strange Secrets is Mike Russell’s third short-story collection. 

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REVIEW: Wisps of Memory by Chris Sarantopoulos (2017)

Wisps of Memory by Chris Sarantopoulos
Publisher: Self Published (Amazon)
Format: E-Book
Length: 16 (short story)
Published: 2017
Author: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

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Synopsis via Goodreads: The end doesn’t always come with a bang.

Ian is a loner middle-aged man who lives with the memories of his daughters and grandson, rather than with them. He hopes that they will remember him during the holiday. In the meantime, his nearly paralysed arm starts twitching uncontrollably. A couple of weeks before Christmas, his last friend leaves the country, and Ian finds himself with no one in his life. Day by day, he feels life is ebbing away from him.

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REVIEW: Aaru by David Meredith (2017)

Aaru by David Meredith
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Paperback
Length: 287
Published: 2017
Author: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

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Synopsis via GoodreadsRose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear.

She is sixteen years old.

Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive supercomputer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model.

Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale.

What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed. 

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