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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Treat yourselves to a captivating collection of eight short stories by Declan Cosson with Collection of the Yearly Strange. The book opens with Night of the Sandman, where a mother draws on her wit and courage to fight and fend off a monster trying to kill her son. In That's No Storm, a US military helicopter crashes over Normandy in the 60s, unleashing a storm of hornets that puts everyone's lives in danger. In the distant future, a human submarine crew fighting against the robotic regime comes across a prehistoric monster in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean in Bloop. Finally, Icarus follows a Solaran warrior and his friend as they march into battle against the reptilian Drakkar far into the future in the Alpha Centauri star system.
Using diverse settings, characters, and timelines, Declan Cosson ensures the book lives up to its title and tells eight fascinating stories bound to satiate your appetite for the eerie and the atypical. Collection of the Yearly Strange delivers absorbing short stories brewed with a swirling mix of genres, including sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. From monsters roaming the streets of London during the Great War to the intergalactic battles between different alien species in Alpha Centauri, the settings and timelines vary in extremes, seamlessly switching tonal shifts as you finish one story and start another. Overall, this is the perfect collection every short story reader loves. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and you should too.