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What do you get when you mix mystery and speculative fiction, then toss in the holidays for good measure? A mobster Santa, genetic hanky-panky, Victorian villages, time-travelling detectives, Krampus, eerie bell spirits, and more–this collection of short cross-genre fiction is the perfect counterpoint to traditional holiday reading! This collection stars four authors, each with their own distinct style. National bestselling mystery author Maia Chance, who is famous for her cozy mysteries, dazzles with humor and folklore. IPPY award-winning science fiction author Janine A. Southard beguiles with unexpected time-travel science. Science fiction and fantasy bestseller Raven Oak offers a look into the gothic past. And for a whole new perspective, debut fiction author and art expert G. Clemans dives into the intersections of creativity and mystery. Joy to the Worlds brings together eight short works that explore mysteries across time and space. Ranging from dark dystopian worlds to comedic retro-futures, four diverse writers find new ways to combine these disparate worlds into something everyone will enjoy.
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    Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays
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    26. October 2015 um 08:05

    Wild Hunt (Janine Southard) My least favourite story of the collection, but it's always a good thing to finish that one first - this way it can only get better ;) For the most time I was confused about what was going on and why. Even after finishing I had more questions left than answers. I didn't get the concept and origin of the Hunt and hunters - where did they come from, why did they exist etc. Also, I could not figure out a reason for the murder other than to show off an original MO, but that just is not enough to make a good murder mystery. 1 star. Escape from Yorktown (G. Clemans) This was an interesting mixture of modern sci-fi and Victorian charm. I appreciated the concept of living history museums, which vaguely reminded me of the movies Westworld and Futureworld. 3 stars. Odysseus Flax & the Krampus (Maia Chance) I love stories about the Krampus, and this one delivered an original variety with a surprise ending I thoroughly enjoyed. 4 stars. Ol’ St. Nick (Raven Oak) A murder mystery set in space, but the solution was absolutely boring and not very original. 2 stars Bevel & Turn (G. Clemans) I loved the concept of the story: a whirligig that can bring you back in time. The author created an intricate plot that kept me glued to the pages. However, I had to frown upon the mix-up of Christmas stollen and fruit bread, which are two completely different Christmas treats. Also, the German translations were a bit rough. 3 stars Death Node (Janine A. Southard) An interesting take on the subject of time travel and how altering the past will immediately affect the future (or present, depending on when you consider). The multiple repetitions of the same scene in time, each with a slightly different outcome, kept me guessing til the end what the final outcome would be. 3 stars. The Ringers (Raven Oak) Easily my favourite story of the collection, this is a very dark and creepy  ghost story that will surely send a chill or two down your spine. 4 stars. Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe (Maia Chance) Unfortunately, the closing story was a let-down again. Probably meant to be funny and entertaining in an exaggerated way, but I felt annoyed and did not care much for the characters and the plot. 2 stars. Each story was preceded by a short introduction/summary of one of the other authors, which sometimes spoiled the fun. However, I liked the author comments at the end of each story, as they provided some interesting information, like where the idea for that specific story came from. Overall, an entertaining mixture of sci-fi and fantasy stories to get into the Christmas spirit. Let me adjust the box of chocolates comparison appropriately: this collection of stories was like a box of Christmas cookies, probably purchased for a good cause at some Christmas bazaar. While surely baked by enthusiastic (but not all equally talented) mothers, some are perfect treats, while others are dry and tasteless. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

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    Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays
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    26. October 2015 um 08:02

    Wild Hunt (Janine Southard) My least favourite story of the collection, but it's always a good thing to finish that one first - this way it can only get better ;) For the most time I was confused about what was going on and why. Even after finishing I had more questions left than answers. I didn't get the concept and origin of the Hunt and hunters - where did they come from, why did they exist etc. Also, I could not figure out a reason for the murder other than to show off an original MO, but that just is not enough to make a good murder mystery. 1 star. Escape from Yorktown (G. Clemans) This was an interesting mixture of modern sci-fi and Victorian charm. I appreciated the concept of living history museums, which vaguely reminded me of the movies Westworld and Futureworld. 3 stars. Odysseus Flax & the Krampus (Maia Chance) I love stories about the Krampus, and this one delivered an original variety with a surprise ending I thoroughly enjoyed. 4 stars. Ol’ St. Nick (Raven Oak) A murder mystery set in space, but the solution was absolutely boring and not very original. 2 stars Bevel & Turn (G. Clemans) I loved the concept of the story: a whirligig that can bring you back in time. The author created an intricate plot that kept me glued to the pages. However, I had to frown upon the mix-up of Christmas stollen and fruit bread, which are two completely different Christmas treats. Also, the German translations were a bit rough. 3 stars Death Node (Janine A. Southard) An interesting take on the subject of time travel and how altering the past will immediately affect the future (or present, depending on when you consider). The multiple repetitions of the same scene in time, each with a slightly different outcome, kept me guessing til the end what the final outcome would be. 3 stars. The Ringers (Raven Oak) Easily my favourite story of the collection, this is a very dark and creepy  ghost story that will surely send a chill or two down your spine. 4 stars. Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe (Maia Chance) Unfortunately, the closing story was a let-down again. Probably meant to be funny and entertaining in an exaggerated way, but I felt annoyed and did not care much for the characters and the plot. 2 stars. Each story was preceded by a short introduction/summary of one of the other authors, which sometimes spoiled the fun. However, I liked the author comments at the end of each story, as they provided some interesting information, like where the idea for that specific story came from. Overall, an entertaining mixture of sci-fi and fantasy stories to get into the Christmas spirit. Let me adjust the box of chocolates comparison appropriately: this collection of stories was like a box of Christmas cookies, probably purchased for a good cause at some Christmas bazaar. While surely baked by enthusiastic (but not all equally talented) mothers, some are perfect treats, while others are dry and tasteless.

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