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Beyond the Mundane: Flights of Mind

Author: Daniel J. Reitz
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy
Reviewed by Kim Richards

Flights of Mind is part of the Beyond the Mundane series by Mundania Press. Stories in this anthology are mainly science fiction and fantasy oriented, with a sprinkling of horror.

The twenty-nine stories making up this nice little anthology cover varying subjects such as: dragons, magical shops, gargoyles and psychic warriors, prophets and nasty sorceresses. There are two tales regarding the choosing of destiny. If you like wolf spirits, mysterious strangers, and speculative retribution, you'll like this book

The large number of stories makes the price definitely worthwhile. It makes discussing each tale here impossible, though I wish I could. As with all anthologies, there are some great stories included and one or two you wished the editor would've passed on. For some odd reason, I found the science fiction stories frequently drew me in, perhaps a reflection of the editor's tastes. These are my favorites:

Hunters, by Loren W. Cooper, is one of several stories involving the same set of fantasy characters. This one deals with the hunting of vampires.

Butterflies, by S. Joan Popek, gives us a taste of what it's like to be the insects someone else collects.

Survival Instinct, by Elaine Corvidae, shows us a simple world upon which a woman soldier crashes.

All the Fires of Home, by Loren W. Cooper, wonderfully describes a future through the eyes of an Earth-born gladiator.

Storyteller's Thanksgiving, by Linda Bleser, gives a touch of humanity to the non-human. A very charming story.

Drink My Soul...Please, by Rie Sheridan, blends the horrors of war and the horrors of its aftermath nicely.

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October 28, 2004 in Science Fiction | Permalink

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