This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite
Parallels: Felix Was Here by various authors, under the banner of the Insecure Writers Support Group, contains ten well-presented science fiction stories, starting with Felix Was Here by L.G. Keltner, in which a young woman living in a closed community questions the reality and validity of her life and surroundings. This is followed by Rainers by Sandra Cox, an unsettling tale where efforts to eradicate the disease rabies result in terrifying side effects, then WIN by Sylvia Ney, a fascinating story dealing with a future in which mankind has relied much too heavily on the internet. Fourth is Ground Zero by Michael Abayomi, in which a young man searches for his dead father amongst the nuclear-blasted ruins of New York, followed by The Mirror People by Crystal Collier, which sees the life of a sadistic serial killer from the viewpoint of his mirror image.
Ever-Ton by Yolanda Renee is a fast paced tale of a mother’s quest to rescue her daughter and escape from a dying planet Earth is the sixth offering. Seventh is The Folds In Life And Death by Cherie Reich, set in an alternative reality where the US President is killed and his sister must release his soul to the sky. The Seventeen by Heart Johnson is the eighth tale, which imagines what would happen to pharmaceutical test volunteers if today’s safeguards had never been put in place. This is followed by Scrying The Plane by Tamara Narayan, which relates the experiences of a young woman as she discovers the beguiling world of virtual reality. Finally, we have Haunted by Melanie Schulz, a disturbing tale of love, loss and alternative lives.
The Insecure Writers Support Group can take credit and perhaps release some of the insecurity of its members as a result of this polished anthology from a group of accomplished authors. The tales reminded me very much of the stories aired in TV programmes like the Twilight Zone, rather than those of the deep space, faraway galaxy genre. Parallels, though moody, spooky and disturbing in places, is an eminently readable anthology with much to recommend it.