4 out of 4 stars
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L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 38 is a collection of short stories from the winners of its contest held by L. Ron Hubbard. The book consists of thirteen stories from its winners and three stories from renowned authors like Frank Herbert, David Farland, and L. Ron Hubbard. The stories feature a seamless blend of science fiction and fantasy. The book also includes essays about writing and illustration, written as advice and inspiration to the aspiring writer.
The book includes captivating tales like Azure Arther’s "Agatha’s Monster," which follows the tale of a girl who befriends a monster in a world where hunting monsters is the most profitable business. Also, in the emotional journey that is "Tsuu Tsuu Kasva Suuremasse" by Rebecca E. Treasure, find out the lengths a woman is willing to go to and the danger she is ready to face to keep what little family she has together and alive.
Also featured in the book are Frank Herbert’s "The Daddy Box" and L. Ron Hubbard’s "The Professor Was a Thief," where some of New York’s most iconic landmarks and buildings completely disappeared, leaving no trace!
This book has a lot of positive aspects. It ensures it delivers something for every science fiction and fantasy lover. For instance, a lot of detail is given to world-building in stories like the aforementioned "Agatha’s monster" and "The Magic Book of Accidental City Destruction: A Book Wizard’s Guide" By Z.T Bright. While stories like "Gallows" by Desmond Astaire and "The Squid Is My Brother" by Mike Jack Stoumbos are very character-driven. I did appreciate the essays in the book, particularly "Boos and Taboos," which sought to encourage writers to break the status quo and be innovative. Also, the language used for the majority of the book is simple, thus, making the plots easy to follow. Despite featuring new writers, the book maintains the high standard the book has been known for through and through. No matter how much I tried, I could not find any negative aspects of this book. It was like everything about this book came together to make my reading experience much more beautiful.
I found no errors because this book was exceptionally well edited. Therefore, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The beautiful and compelling nature of each story ensured my satisfaction with the book; as a result, I cannot rate it any lower. I recommend this book to lovers of science fiction and fantasy novels. People who are looking for a combination of beautiful stories would appreciate this book.
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Vol 38
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