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Publisher's Summary

New technology versus old gods. Are you going to take the winner for granted? Find out, in this exciting anthology, where our writers take on old mythos with modern technology!

©2019 Daniela Morescalchi (P)2020 Daniela Morescalchi

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Uneven Collection

The premise behind this collection was definitely interesting, but in practice some of the stories were ok or even good but the collection as a whole is uneven. The narration is solid however and does a good job of bringing the stories to life.

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OK

Darkness Wired. .
Like all collections you'll like some and not like others. And this book is no exception to that rule.
The books description is a little misleading,
but it is an entertaining read/listen nonetheless.
Narration is good.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review. .

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Collection of Stories, taken in many directions

This is a collection of stories by a group of writers.
several of them had brief, but good plots. Given how all the writers had some free reign there was not a cohesive story. The narrator did a pretty good job of it though.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Some hits, some misses

Overall there were some interesting concepts and sci-fi ideas but it was at times difficult to envision what was happening.
The "Skewed Perceptions" story shone as it did flow and properly describe what was happening and included intelligent dynamic characters that broke the mold a bit. The narrator was decent although sometimes rushed but I enjoyed the different accents used throughout the stories' characters.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Not what the title says it is

The collection of short stories purports to be about old god mythology mixing with current age tech. Nice! I'm in. Ya got me! I'll list some very brief thoughts about each section and then sum up my feelings about the whole:

- The Luker In The Comments - sets up what I think the tone will be quite nice. Pretty much a parody of Alex Jones in internet post form.
- Patient Zero - a continuation from the first story and does a really cool job of building on the world from a one person perspective. However, if sinks into SJW territory and suddenly the big bag thinks mankind is awful because of the current state of the world and how we treat LGBT and illegal immigrants. Mind you, the big bag stems from a time where the native population sacrificed their own children and ate them to some false gods. But, ok, whatever. Still enjoyed the story.
- A Madness in the Circulation Fluid - I couldn't even begin to tell you what this was about.
- Skewed Perceptions - builds somewhat then dumps everything on you at the end. Not really in the much of old gods stuff but alternative dimension break out. Rushed ending.
- Black Fish Wind Talking - talking whale monsters - very meh.
- The Hunter in the Darkness - something about spies and crazy people with maybe mythological creatures? Hard to figure out what this one was too.
- Dark Iliad - Marines Vs. Russians fighting and at the end maybe Atlantians show up to help the US? Not sure. Didn't really have much.
- Etherial Neural Guitar - guitar player opens and closes a portal to another dimension? Maybe? No clue, didn't care.
- gateHunt - Had an interesting concept and tied in some factors from the first two stories. Didn't quite have enough to do with the overarching motif but it was interesting enough.
- The Woman with the Bleeding Eyes - mostly a sci-fi Mars story that doesn't have a lot to offer but at least I understood the story.

My rating is based on how good the stories were and how well it matched what the book self-describes it trying to do "our writers take on old mythos and older Gods with modern technology". Maybe one or two of the stories do that. Out of the eight stories, three were maybe decent enough. I was really hoping for more and better stories. Final Grade - D-

Note on the narrator - the narrator did a great job for the material he had. I would enjoy to hear more from him especially in the sci-fi genre.

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Mediocre at Best

Overall I wasn't very impressed with these stories. At best some were mildly entertaining, at worst some were preachy and boring. None really felt like they meshed with the Lovecraft mythos or were at all memorable. The intended theme of mythos monters vs technology felt like a swing and a miss.
Richard Hercher did a decent job narrating, but needs to slow down and enunciate a bit more. At times it sounds like he was trying to get through the book as quickly as he could.
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Quick Read/Listen

As with all short story collections, some are better than others, and this collection is no exception. To be honest, the only stories that really stood out for me was the bone disease one, and the last one about a doomed ship to Mars.
Generally I think the stories themselves just aren't strong enough to stand up on their own just yet, and as a result they all kind of 'blended' into one another.
Another issue I had with this was the audio itself. Richard Hercher, although he does a decent job, I don't think is the right voice for a book like this. A novel I can see him doing well in, but for short stories there isn't enough range to differentiate between the stories. Not many people could, let's face it (I certainly couldn't), but this could well have had an effect on my enjoyment. There wasn't enough space given between the stories, which lended to the 'blending'. Also seemed a bit rushed at times, tripping over own tongue.

With a different narrator, this could have had a more positive effect on me, but to be honest I think the stories are generally quite weak. Good for a quick read/listen.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request via Audioboom and have voluntarily left this review.