Nothing is Ever Promised


Fiction - Science Fiction
50 Pages
Reviewed on 02/06/2019
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Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite

In Nothing is Ever Promised, M.R. Doerner rewards us with a collection of short stories, five visions of future times and what ifs, which stem from seemingly ordinary people or animals faced with extraordinary circumstances. In Collaboration Day, humanity finds joyous solace in a universal triumph, but one scientist knows better. In Birds of Prey, a lone cowhand, abandoned by his family, still cares for his herd while drones hum overhead. In Flip Wilkins (Maybe) Saves the World, a down-on-his-luck banjo player may hold the key to saving humankind. In Rite of Memory, humanity has fled while an elephant remembers, happily and sadly in equal measure, what came before, and in Hourglass, we learn that it is not easy being a superhero and the sibling of a superhero and that good and evil can be relative concepts.

In her debut as a published writer, M.R. Doerner’s collection of short stories resembles well-written episodes of some of the classic anthology shows on television, most certainly a wonderful thing. She offers us a series of short vignettes that can quickly draw us into scenes, both fantastical and real, and make us care. Yet, they are fresh, though whimsical at times, in their own right while making succinct, spot-on observations about the human condition - even when we are faced with overwhelming odds or the harsh fact that life and the universe do not particularly care about our sensibilities. An amusing, thoughtful, and relatively quick read, these stories have a lot to offer readers. I very much enjoyed this collection from a great writer.