Official Review: Spectrum by Jennifer Roush

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Official Review: Spectrum by Jennifer Roush

Post by ZenaLei7 » 23 Feb 2018, 00:31

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Spectrum" by Jennifer Roush.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Spectrum by Jennifer Roush is an anthology of short stories from different genres. Each story is written by different authors. The short stories are organized into the colors of the rainbow. For example, the first section is Red which tries to lure in readers, so all the stories in this section go with that theme. The unique thing about this book is that each of the stories was rejected by other publishers. The rejected stories were then revised so that they were able to be published in this book.

The rest of the book is broken down into five more colors. In the Orange section, the stories represent a warning to the dangers ahead or the disaster that is about to strike. In this section, the genres range from science fiction to bizarro. The next section is Yellow which consists of stories that are light-hearted. The following section is Green which represents hope. This section consists of genres that range from dramas to science fiction. After Green is Blue which represents loss, and the stories included in this section range from drama to fiction. The last section is Purple which represents the turning point. Most of the stories that make up this section are thrillers and mystery.

Out of all the sections in the book, I found the Purple section to be the most interesting. This section mostly had stories under the thriller or mystery genre which is a genre that I generally like to read. I also enjoyed some of the stories from the Yellow and Green sections, especially the ones that have a happy ending. In one of the short stories titled "Skipping Rocks", a dad is teaching his daughter on how to skip rocks. He considers skipping rocks to be something that every kid needs to learn. When the dad accidentally kills a duck by trying to skip a rock, he realizes that his daughter is going to learn two lessons that day.

I had to keep an open mind while reading this book because there were genres that I usually do not like to read. For example, one of the genres in the book was erotic fiction. I don't ever read erotic fiction, so I was a little uncomfortable as I read that story. Besides that one genre, I found the rest of the stories to be interesting to read. What I liked the most about this book was that each story had a distinctive voice to it. The authors' writing styles made the book more intriguing to read.

Overall, I would rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars. I enjoyed most of the stories, and I like the way that this book is set up. I noticed a couple of errors like punctuation mistakes, but they didn't detract from the book. I would recommend this book to those who like to read short stories.

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Post by MsTri » 24 Feb 2018, 01:06

I applaud you for making your way through the genres that didn't interest you. As much as I love anthologies, I fear I'd be tempted to skip some of the stories. I also like the way the book is split into sections by color, but my favorite point that you made is that the stories were previously rejected before being redone and included in this tome; that's very inspiring for aspiring writers... Thanks for the great review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 24 Feb 2018, 10:34

I love the idea of organizing the stories by committee like this. However, I don't read erotic fiction either. So I'd probably skip that section. Still, it might be worth looking at. Thanks!
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Post by ZenaLei7 » 24 Feb 2018, 11:09

MsTri wrote:
24 Feb 2018, 01:06
I applaud you for making your way through the genres that didn't interest you. As much as I love anthologies, I fear I'd be tempted to skip some of the stories. I also like the way the book is split into sections by color, but my favorite point that you made is that the stories were previously rejected before being redone and included in this tome; that's very inspiring for aspiring writers... Thanks for the great review.
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Post by Jkhorner » 24 Feb 2018, 17:02

What an interesting concept! I honestly thought from the title it was going to be stories about kids with autism. Having just finished an anthology of short stories, congratulations. Sometimes those are harder than a book with a single plot. Which section was your favorite? Did you think the color categorizations accurate?

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 24 Feb 2018, 20:28

I like a good book with a mix of everything. It's very difficult to come across a good book like that. Yes, you are correct about been open minded when reading a book of mixed genre. I think I will love this book since it has a bit of everything like life does. Definitely on my bookshelf! Thanks you for your detailed!
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Post by NL Hartje » 24 Feb 2018, 21:03

ZenaLei7 wrote:
23 Feb 2018, 00:31
The unique thing about this book is that each of the stories was rejected by other publishers. The rejected stories were then revised so that they were able to be published in this book.
Wow, this is unique! Kudos to the editor for recognizing the potential and pulling it together. Thank you for your review!
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Post by Kat Berg » 24 Feb 2018, 22:00

Jkhorner wrote:
24 Feb 2018, 17:02
What an interesting concept! I honestly thought from the title it was going to be stories about kids with autism. Having just finished an anthology of short stories, congratulations. Sometimes those are harder than a book with a single plot. Which section was your favorite? Did you think the color categorizations accurate?
I thought the exact same thing, autism. I would not have thought colors and anthology. I think the idea is clever, but I am not really a fan of anthologies, although I feel like I should be. I am trying to embrace the short story, as I know it is really a test of writing skill, but I just am not a fan.

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Post by ZenaLei7 » 24 Feb 2018, 22:31

kandscreeley wrote:
24 Feb 2018, 10:34
I love the idea of organizing the stories by committee like this. However, I don't read erotic fiction either. So I'd probably skip that section. Still, it might be worth looking at. Thanks!

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Post by ZenaLei7 » 24 Feb 2018, 22:34

Jkhorner wrote:
24 Feb 2018, 17:02
What an interesting concept! I honestly thought from the title it was going to be stories about kids with autism. Having just finished an anthology of short stories, congratulations. Sometimes those are harder than a book with a single plot. Which section was your favorite? Did you think the color categorizations accurate?
My favorite section would be the yellow section since most of the stories were light hearted and had genres that I really like. Yes I do think the color categorizations were accurate.
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Post by Greta Morgan » 25 Feb 2018, 15:29

I love anthologies, and your review gave me the go-ahead to check this one out. I love that the stories were rejects once upon a time and given the chance for redemption. Thanks for the thorough review.

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Post by prettysmart » 27 Feb 2018, 22:39

Exceptional review! I now realize that the title is very fitting as this is a mixed genre. Different genres of the spectrum ha! A book that gives a little bit of everything

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Post by Kalin Adi » 02 Mar 2018, 10:18

Stories organized following the rainbow colors? Wow! That sounds very interesting. I love this style. Since each color represents a theme or themes, the readers can select the color(s) that they prefer to read. I'll start with yellow, and then continue with purple. Thanks for this colorful review!

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