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Joy to the Worlds

Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays

Written by Maia Chance, Janine A. Southard, Raven Oak & G. Clemans

Genre(s): Science Fiction

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.

Walki's Review

Each tale captivating...

In this well written anthology, the readers will find criminal pixies, intergalactic conspiracies, Schnapps, spaceships, time travel, murders, zombies, magic, and Victorian hysteria. Stories will sound like hard-boiled detectives, curses, myths, traditions, old word, revolutions, satires, and much more, sometimes in unexpected places. In most of them, the authors will make the readers run.

I enjoyed the snow present in most stories. Each tale captivated me in their own way, but two stood out more to my attention. From G. Clemans’s ‘Escape from Yorktown’ I’ll retain the indigo thread weaving throughout. From Raven Oak’s ‘The Ringers’ I’ll keep the return of hope when a girl gifted for magic vows to save a town.

Pick up ‘Joy to the Worlds’ for this winter holiday, settle yourself in a comfy armchair with a hot chocolate at hand, and let go of reality. The twists and turns will leave you gasping for breath and looking forward to the next cliffhanger.

Disclaimer: Book provided by the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.