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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite
What do we fear the most? In Yet Another Slice of Fear, Andrew Allen Smith explores this emotion from different perspectives in this collection of 17 captivating short stories. The collection opens with Flight Delay, which is full of dark humor and tells of a cheating husband getting lost in an airport bathroom just before boarding. Another ends dramatically with a mystifying free gift that describes a dystopia possible in our technologically advanced society. Other stories offer a wide range of themes, such as a school genius inventing a device to communicate with insects; an accountant enchanted by a beautiful woman with just one flaw in her appearance; a bar haunted by all kinds of ghosts; a monstrous creature whose hunting takes an unexpected turn; the danger of partying with neighbors, and much more.
I appreciated the variety of topics Yet Another Slice of Fear offers to readers and this collection will satisfy the tastes of sci-fi and fantasy lovers and admirers of psychological fiction. Andrew Allen Smith looks into the roots of our fears, mercilessly pointing out the imperfections and weak spots of human character. At the same time, he maintains a lighter tone in the narrative with a touch of subtle irony and grim humor. For example, Sunset is a very moving, character-driven short story with tragic notes, and The Drifter re-tells the story of a well-known classic personality with a modern twist. I like how he introduces monsters and critters of many kinds, hinting at the monsters within us and giving us pause for thought. I also found The Edges to be a wonderful premise for a solid fantasy novel, featuring a magical weapon, the wisdom of ancient civilizations, and everlasting human choices between light and darkness, which I hope to read one day. I highly recommend this third book in the series to fans of short prose and the genres of suspense and thriller with a paranormal element.