Sunday, 31 May 2015

After The Fall - edited by Alex Davis (Boo Books)

First off, let me just make it crystal clear, I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

After The Fall is a collection of short stories on the theme of 'what will the world be like After The Fall of technology'. Would our lives be different? How much further back, in an historical sense, would we devolve? How much would we miss what we have come to depend on?

There is a good amount of variation among these 19 tales, some more apocalyptic than others, there is humour in here too (I especially liked 'Waiting For Google' - that one still makes me chuckle long after finishing it. Of the more apocalyptic type of story I think, if I had to pick a favourite it would be 'Hell Freezes Over, by Mike Chinn, set in a world where global warming has led to eternal winter and one man is walking, trying to keep warm and trying to find survivors or some kind of civilisation.

'Then and Now' by Delphine Boswell offers a different way of looking at things though when a technology purge by the government means that people have to get out, make their own real people!!

All in all this is a cracking collection, not a weak story among them. Alex Davis at Boo Books is doing a grand job of putting out good quality collections and this is certainly worth reading. An excellent book that might just make you think a bit about just how much you depend on your gadgets

9/10 stars

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