Rating: 4/5 stars
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Summary from Barnes and Noble:
Prism presents the best of Roland Allnach’s newest stories together with his most acclaimed published short fiction. These selected stories fracture the reader’s perceptions among a dazzling array of genres and styles to illuminate the mysterious aspects of the human experience.
Roland Allnach has been described as a “star on the rise” (ForeWord Clarion), “a master storyteller with a powerful pen” (Cynthia Brian, NY Times Bestselling author), with writing that is “smart, elegant, and addicting” (San Francisco Review).
Now let me say that I am extremely picky with short stories. I was raised on Edgar Allen Poe and several other very fabulous and very amazing short story authors. So when it comes to short stories, especially collections of them I tend to have high expectations. Roland Allnanch met my expectations and took my on a ride with this collection of short stories.
One of the things that I enjoyed most about Prism was the fact that it was a mash-up of several different genres. It made it so that just when you were getting accustomed to one writing style he threw another one at you and made you spin around in the other direction. I think that is honestly one of the reason I enjoyed this book so much. I loved the fact that it kept me on my toes with the switching of genres. That being said I definitely enjoyed some stories more than others but that’s to be expected for almost everyone now isn’t it?
The only thing that I found slightly disappointing for this collection is that a little bit over half way through my attention started wandering and I found that I had hit a section of stories that didn’t grab my interest anymore. I promptly put down the book and pick another up and then came back to it later and that seemed to have helped. However I wish I would have been able to just keep reading as most of his stories were brilliant and attention grabbing in some way. For me the fact that I had to stop reading for a while because I hit a wall is just a minor problem and as long as I was able to pick the book back up and finish it happily that’s what matters!
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of short stories or likes any of the multiple genres that are in this book!
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About the Author:
Roland Allnach, after working twenty years on the night shift in a hospital, has witnessed life from a slightly different angle. He has been working to develop his writing career, drawing creatively from literary classics, history, and mythology. His short stories, one of which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in many publications. His first anthology, Remnant, blending science fiction and speculative fiction, saw publication in 2010. Remnant was followed in 2012 byOddities & Entities, a collection spanning horror, supernatural, paranormal, and speculative genres. Both books have received unanimous critical praise and have been honored with a combined total of twelve national book awards, including honors from National Indie Excellence, Foreword Reviews, and Readers’ Favorite. Prism marks Roland’s third stand alone publication.
When not immersed in his imagination, Roland can be found at his website, rolandallnach.com, along with a wealth of information about his stories and experiences as an author. Writing aside, his joy in life is the time he spends with his family.