Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays
Grey Sun Press
September 08, 2015
5.0 X 0.67 X 8.0 inches | 0.72 pounds
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About the Author
Maia Chance was a finalist for the 2004 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington. She is writing her dissertation on nineteenth-century American literature. She is also the author of Come Hell or Highball, Gin and Panic, Naughty on Ice and the Fairy Tale Fatal mystery series.
Raven Oak is the author of the bestselling fantasy novel, Amaskan's Blood, the bestselling science fiction novella Class-M Exile, and the upcoming space opera, The Eldest Silence. She spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500-page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet. When she's not writing, she's getting her game on with tabletop and console games, indulging in cartography, or staring at the ocean. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and their three kitties, who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach.
"Eight short stories by four authors glisten with holiday wonder, each one decorated in hues of legend, myth, SF, and quirky, joyful fun." -Publishers Weekly "Joy to the Worlds is a wide-ranging mixture of SF, Fantasy and Horror that made me wish for snowy weather and a good hot drink. [It] reminded me of Connie Willis's collection Miracle and Other Christmas Stories." -SFFWorld "...an imaginative ride into the 'what-if'. Drawing from traditional mythology and lore as well as time-travel and science fiction, each author presents a unique perspective on the traditional holiday tale." 4/5 stars -San Francisco Book Review "...brain-bending, strange, and wonderful...perfect for taking your mind off holiday stresses...Grab a copy for yourself, and think about your book-obsessed friends as well." -Fan Girl Nation "...a spunky alternative to traditional holiday fare...If you're a dystopian at heart, "Joy to the Worlds" may be the remedy for you." -Barbara McMichael, The Bellingham Herald "...clever and evocative of the mystery and thrill of Christmas by turns creepy and sometimes amusing. Ranging from dark dystopian worlds to comedic retro-futures, four diverse writers find new ways to combine these disparate worlds into something anyone will enjoy." -Amy Brown, Geek Syndicate "The holidays plus spec-fic... yes please! I was tempted to hold off reading this book until closer to Christmas, but I couldn't do it. I needed this book in my life. And the good news is... Joy to the Worlds did not disappoint! The bad news is, I want more! Way more. This book was unlike any other holiday collection out there, and that's why I loved it. Is it Christmas yet?" -Librarian Nerdette "...good, well-paced and enjoyable anthology of speculative fiction/urban fantasy short stories set around Christmas time. It is an enjoyable read, suits to season for this urban fantasy junkie and all in all something I suggest you pop in your eBook stocking tomorrow!" 4 out of 5 stars -Janis Hill of Janis' Reviews "...a solid collection of fantasy and sci-fi jaunts that will leave you with a strangely satisfying Christmassy feeling." 4 out of 5 stars -The Bookshelf Gargoyle "...engaging collection...this [book] need not be limited to holiday season reading." 4.25 out of 5 stars -Martha's Bookshelf "...well-written and enjoyable...a great holiday-time read!" -Tungsten Hippo "...fantastical, dark and unique...All the stories are a completely different reading experience and will thrill mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans alike." -I Smell Sheep "Great Holiday Spiced Speculative Fiction...delightful collection. [Ol' St. Nick]-Think Santa Claus vs the Martians crossed with Firefly and a dash of The Sopranos. [In The Ringers] Raven Oak really managed to turn holiday traditions on their heads." -Conrad Zero "...a fascinating mixture of genres. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries that are heavily influence by science fiction." -Long & Short Reviews "[Joy to the Worlds will] entertain in an unexpected way, giving the reader a slightly askew look at the holiday season. What better way to be introduced to authors you haven't tried before?" -Buried Under Books