Jouth #2

Jouth #2[PDF / Epub] ☆ Jouth #2 By Julie Frost – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Jouth is Blaster Book s hot new anthology sci fi series In the second issue, we turn to space A smuggling crew gains an unwelcome AI member as they struggle to keep their diminutive secret passengers Jouth is Blaster Book s hot new anthology sci fi series In the second issue, we turn to space A smuggling crew gains an unwelcome AI member as they struggle to keep their diminutive secret passengers from killing one another in Meerkat Manners by Julie Frost In the distant future, war returns to Earth as sleeper agents awaken in Haunted by the Past by Eddie D Moore Then we go to the past as a displaced time traveler alters the course of war in Destiny Sails by Dimpre Kaleem. Stylistic and diverse Anthologies comprising stories by various authors are always a treat One gets to sample different writers styles while drawing immediate comparisons between them.Jouth 2, a compilation of shorts by four seasoned writers, offers a tasteful diversity and a meaningful indulgence into the realm of science fiction writing.The stories are crisp, meaningful, deliver fresh ideas and never drag The themes are clear, well explored and one story in particular employed a nifty end Stylistic and diverse Anthologies comprising stories by various authors are always a treat One gets to sample different writers styles while drawing immediate comparisons between them.Jouth 2, a compilation of shorts by four seasoned writers, offers a tasteful diversity and a meaningful indulgence into the realm of science fiction writing.The stories are crisp, meaningful, deliver fresh ideas and never drag The themes are clear, well explored and one story in particular employed a nifty ending twist that planted a big smile on my face.I just love that creative aha moment carefully planted at the end of a well written story Meercat Manners by Julie FrostThe eclectic crew of an interstellar freight hauler gets eveneclectic when an AI is installed to monitor and assist running the ship.With an illegal cargo of intransigent and constantly fighting meercats, a criminal offense, the owners and crew, first at odds with the new AI, come to terms and ultimately grant it acceptance into their family.This story was a delightful read as the author plumbed the depth of her imagination with the creation of her characters Intelligent bugs and meercats, to name a few, along with George the AI who takes the form of an anteater.The author also makes a nice claim for the possibility of the peaceful coexistence between races, sexes, species, sentient machines etc that is both creative and praiseworthy.This is a fun story with a nice pace, just enough depth and imagination Haunted by the Past by Eddie D Moore.This is a clever short that explores the future and past with obvious corollaries to our own time The future, where energy is free, is described as one, or possibly the ultimate, quest of current man along with memory viewing as the next and probable phase of privacy intrusion I sensed the author was registering a little warning here Craftily written, this is a short that could easily lend itself to a full novel or screenplay Well done Destiny Sails by Dimpra KaleemDestiny Sails is a time traveller on a mission being interrogated after her capture by undisclosed authorities Undisclosed for a very specific reason.Ms Kaleem s 1st person narrative is intelligent, nicely organised, moves well and displays the writer s deft understanding of how to use mystery to drive a story and make it engaging The plot is smart and the twist, craftily concealed throughout, is brilliant For me, this story made the book The author also uses powerful, realistic dialogue allowing her to create imagery without cumbersome descriptions facial expressions, intonation, posture, gesticulations etc To me this is indicative of a well studied, veteran writer who understands the craft Around Mars and Back Again By John TaloniThe final story in this selection of shorts is a fast moving adventure tale of a couple en route to Mars aboard a privately funded interplanetary ship.The situation becomes perilous as they approach their destination and are forced to rely on their instincts and each other to survive.Though my least favourite in this anthology, I liked the way the author incorporated just enough pure science to make the adventure believable I liken this story to AC Clarke s 2001 or 2010.I also like the interaction between the characters who, under life threatening conditions, display a heightened level of determination and trust in one another This seemed real and made me care for them and about their plight What I liked most Writing styles Each writer in this anthology fully grasps the essentials of good storytelling I would wager each to be well studied in creative writing and experienced Thematic writing A well conceived theme is explored in each story, which is, to me, crucial I love stories that posit thoughtful questions, dissect them, and offer partial answers allowing the reader to become involved in the further exploration Criticisms I have none.The stories in Jouth 2 are logically organized, well written and the editing is perfect Summary and Recommendation For the fiction reader who enjoys a quick, imaginative read, Jouth 2 is a sure bet You ll enjoy the different styles and theimaginative concepts.I give Jouth 2, an anthology published by Blaster Books, a 5 star review and my highest recommendation Review by T E Mark Writer Screenwriter Great StoriesYes, I have a story in this issue I enjoyed every story in this issue, and I consider it an honor to be included with such talented writers.