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The Night of the Flood: A Novel in Stories Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B078861MCJ
- Publisher : Down & Out Books (5 March 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 1653 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 258 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,087,007 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Amazing book written by some amazing writers!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2018
One of the best books I have read this year. I love the idea of being given the same scenario and then seeing what the authors came up with. It was fantastically put together and I hope something like this will be done again.
Demented Spoon River AnthologyReviewed in the United States on 13 July 2018
Like a demented Spoon River Anthology, The Night of the Flood is a collection of pieces linked by geography. Here, that geography is the town of Everton, and specifically Everton on the night it is threatened by an attack on a nearby dam. As Everton succumbs to the rising flood waters, its inhabitants descend into anarchy. The format is fun — each short story is written by a different author, so you get not only a series of stories about different characters, but different writing styles as well. The short stories come together to tell a larger narrative about violence, rage, and revenge, making this an entertaining and satisfying read.
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A Deluge of Crime FictionReviewed in the United States on 16 September 2018
Predicated on the idea that each chapter in this volume is a stand -alone piece, there’s a richness in the concept alone. It’s like watching Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, and seeing the very same scene unfold from a different angle. The wraparound story is the premise that a young girl, raped by two men she later murders in revenge, is incarcerated, then executed—giving rise to a vigilante group of angry women, whose first order of business is a terrorist attack on the town of Everton, Pennsylvania. They blow the dam, and flood the town. Cue Bobby DeNiro’s VO from Taxi Driver: “Someday a real rain will come, and wash all the scum off the streets.” The water rises and pandemonium ensues. Later stories in the volume make call backs to previous characters and events, and provide an added dimension to each individual story arc, reminding the reader that the story at hand is indeed sharing the same time and place as the rest of the stories in the volume. Credit to Sarah M. Chen (whose story “A Watery Grave” is one of the collection’s best) and EA Aymar for choosing and arranging so many conceptually different short stories, yet maintaining they remain congruent with the overall master plot of the novel. Some standouts for me include: “The Orphans”, an offbeat noir tale by editor EA Aymar, “The Copy Man” by JJ Hensley, Alan Orloff’s “And the Water Kept Rising.” , and “Carter Hank McKater Takes a Sedative”, by Shannon Kirk. Honorable mentions are Angel Luis Colon’s “Bad Day to be the Bad Guy”, which transports his savagely brutal Irish protagonist, Blacky Jaguar (to find out how, you’ll have to read the novel) to Everton , and Jennifer Hillier’s “Epilogue”, that’s got a whiff of Chuck Palahniuk prose, and provides the perfect end button for this rich, multi-dimensional volume. That said, every single story in this sequential novel is captivating and well developed.
It was a dark and tumultuous night...Reviewed in the United States on 16 May 2018
That led to a brilliantly-woven book! Multiple authors, multiple fantastic stories, all threaded neatly together to create a truly wonderful reader experience. Get this one. You won’t be sorry.
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