The lure of the Sun calls me.  Its once white starlight is replaced by a roiling sea of crimson radiation.  I watch sunspots shatter as yellow-orange geysers of flame thrust through them, fleeing the Sun's deteriorating surface.

I want to be closer.
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After reading and reviewing Volume 1, I was looking forward to Volume 2 and it doesn't disappoint.  Keeping to the feel of Volume 1, Volume 2 continues in its legacy with stories of nightmares, horror, and unhappy endings.

The first story, "CAL" by Lisa Gail Green kept me hoping that things would work out for the main characters.  Filled with tension and dread, I kept hoping our deepest fears would be proven wrong...

"The Terrible, Perfect Duet" by Trista A. Bissett tells a coming of age story, with a twist.  At times, I found myself wondering, "What is she turning into?"

"Helios" by Leslie S. Rose was a story that screamed tragedy from the very beginning.  Throughout the story, I wondered what would be their downfall.  Would the father she never knew cast her aside?  Would her mate lead her astray?  Would they, like Icarus, reach for the heavens and fall to the earth?  As I read on, I had the sneaking suspicion the couple would never make it off the planet with the rest of the evacuees.  I'll let you read it to find out what really happened.

"Encrypted" by Ian Kezsbom had me trying to put the clues together like a mystery.  I'm known for figuring out the whodunits before everyone else (including Sherlock Holmes), so saying I saw the ending a mile away doesn't mean it was obvious.  Still, I loved trying to piece the reality that Kezsbom paints together to figure out what's really going on.  Think deeper and maybe you'll figure it out too.

"Lighting the Sacred Way" by S. P. Sipal was a cool story and different from the rest, at least in my opinion.  I can honestly say I didn't see the ending coming.  It was a good ending.  I liked the ending.  It balanced out all the other endings.

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eReader: Kindle for iPad
File type: MOBI

About the Author

I am a writer of both adult speculative fiction and middle-grade fiction. When not writing, I work as a film and television picture editor.

My wife and I began the anthology series Journeys of Wonder because we wanted to provide a new outlet for speculative fiction. Each volume comprises stories from various authors (I personally have 2 stories in volume 1 and 1 in volume 2).

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11/28/2012 01:01:36 pm

Thank you so much for your support of JOW. You rock.

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Danielle Forrest
11/28/2012 01:11:09 pm

Anytime, sweetheart. I was happy to review it and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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