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Five Fantastic Fables for a Fractured World
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Five unusual short stories that give insight into the strange house of mirrors that is the mind of Joseph Maas, author of Trading Alaska and the Frank Knox detective series. They include Self Search, which follows the career path of an advanced trouble shooting technician at the worlds largest internet based firm who is forced to confront the possibility that if something can’t be searched, it may not exist. And Jeffery the Great, in which a world famous magician of the 1940’s who’s topple from fame was quick, but almost as quick was his rise 20 years later and his subsequent post as lead magician in a traveling circus of an otherworldly nature. Be among the first to peek inside this extraordinary leap of civilization and culture for which we may all be headed.
Clever and immediately thought provoking, Five Fantastic Fables for a Fractured World by author Joseph Maas takes its readers on a journey through fractured future realities where insightful social commentary begs a myriad of questions. Bridging traditional Science fiction and Metaphysical genres, it proves more than a little disconcerting at times, as Maas brings to life a world where the perils of technology and our inner most desires are on the cusp of undermining human evolution. They might be short stories, but there’s an inescapable intuitive impact to his prose which will engender much reflection among ardent fans of both genres. With engaging multi layered plots and a host of eclectic characters, continuity of style is evident throughout each. These are fables to be savoured. To be read slowly, so the underlying message within each can truly be appreciated, with Maas making the unbelievable seem tantalizingly plausible.
A genuinely engrossing collection that maintains its impact throughout, Five Fantastic Fables for a Fractured World has all the hallmarks of a classic that would transition well to other forms of media. A must for discerning readers it is highly recommended.
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