Book #71: Tales From Alternate Earths by Various Authors

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Our world could have been so very different…

Eight stories take us on a journey into how our world could have been. What if the nukes had flown that day over Cuba? What if Caesar had survived? Imagine the Tunguska meteor with a different outcome. What if there was a true story behind HG Wells’ most famous tale? See the world as it might have been if China discovered the New World first. And what if all of this was never meant to be and dinosaurs ruled the Earth?

Authors Jessica Holmes, Daniel M. Bensen, Terri Pray, Rob Edwards, Maria Haskins, Cathbad Maponus, Leo McBride, and collaborators Brent A. Harris and Ricardo Victoria show us the world that might have been – if the butterfly’s wings had fluttered a different way, if the world changed between heartbeats, if a moment of decision saw another choice.

This is the fourth anthology from Inklings Press, aiming to provide a platform for new and upcoming authors and to open the door onto different worlds.

I received a copy of this anthology from one of the authors for an honest review. There was no other compensation aside from the enjoyment of reading.

Tales From Alternate Earths is another anthology from Inklings Press. If you like the idea of what-ifs and alternate universes, this is a book for you. From dinosaurs who time travel to the Cuban Missile crisis happening, this book has it.

Each story is written by different people with different voices, but work together in this book. I didn’t feel one story was too out of place from the others. There were some stories I didn’t care for, but that is more because I couldn’t place myself into the world the author was presenting.

The stories are well written and brought an interesting view of what-ifs to world events. No one used the easy one of Germany winning WWII. Instead, the stories dealt with the aftermath of events we don’t usually think are debilitating. We learn these events in school, regurgitate them for the test and essays, but never think on the impact these events could have had.

This is a quick anthology to get your brain thinking. It is enjoyable and I do reccommend it for the reader of alternate worlds.

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