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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Six Books - One Post

Someone I follow on Instagram, posted a series of 6 books called "Forward".  They are 6 short stories written by some well known authors, and available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited for Free.

If you have Kindle Unlimited, you should check them out HERE

The stories are between 30-60 pages long - just little novellas, so I thought I would review them all in one post.  They only took me between 30-60 minutes each to read.

How to count these?  I guess you still count them as books read - even when they are short.  So they would be my 112th-117h reads for the year.

Here are the books.  I will just do a short review, but I will not put a synopsis with each one.  Instead I will link to the Amazon page where you can read about it yourself.

Synopsis: HERE

I am a Vernoica Roth fan.  Her Divergent series books were pretty good.  Especially considering she wrote them when she was 24 years old.  
The Ark wasn't my favorite of the bunch.  The ending was unfinished.  I liked the idea of the book, but was hoping for me (even in a Novella).  I never got really invested in the characters.  It could be that I read it first.  Maybe if I would have started with another and got the "Feel" for this collection I would have felt differently.  Not sure.

Stars: 3

Synopsis: HERE

This was one of the best ones of the group.  I am not familiar with this author, but this short story was good.  Makes me want to read more about him.  I wasn't sure where it was going in the beginning, but it was well written, and had a nice wrap up ending.  

Stars: 4

Synopsis: HERE

I have actually just finished a book by Blake Crouch (Recursion).  I have also read Dark Matter and The Wayward Pines series by this author.  

Another great one - this book.  He is a brilliant sci-fi writer, so no surprises here.  Even in 75 pages, he managed to cram quite the story.  You get invested in the characters, and the ending has a twist.

Stars: 4

Synopsis: HERE

This is the author of "A Gentleman in Moscow" - one of my favorite books I read last year.

I would say this was the best of the bunch.  Well - it was the best of the bunch until the ending.  But none of them had good endings, so I am going to judge it on everything else.  I liked this story the best.  It really drew me in and I was anxious to see where it was going.  But - like all of these - it left me wanting more.

Stars: 4 1/2

Synopsis: HERE

This is an author I do not know.  I looked up what she has written, and I haven't read any of them.
This one was just okay.  SUPER short at 33 pages, not really feeling anything about it.  It was writen in a very confusing, continuous thought kind of way, and I just couldn't get into it.

Stars: 2 1/2

Synopsis: HERE

I love Any Weir.  He is probably my favorite author in this group (maybe a tie with Blake Crouch).  Andy is the author of The Martian - one of my favorite novels of all time.

This book is also extremely short, so I don't know if I can judge it appropriately.  It is a smart concept, and I could have used more to make a better review.  It does have pretty good character development, and it is smartly written.  I just wish there was more.

Stars: 3 1/2

The whole series was a great idea (Blake Crouch and a few others thought of it), and I hope they try it again. Or expand on these stories.  I think it was a neat idea that should be explored by more authors.

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