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Oddities: an Anthology by [Kollar, Larry]
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Length: 122 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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An odd little anthology of flash fiction and short stories, for those who love fantasy and science fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Green Envy Press (24 March 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0JT230
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written & clever 17 May 2013
By C. McCue - Published on
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Entertaining and original stories. Divided into two sections: fantasy and sciece fiction. I'll be looking for more work by Mr. Kollar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic combination of Science Fiction and Fantasy 26 March 2013
By Eric Townsend - Published on
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Oddities is separated into two halves, the first made up of fantasy stories, the latter science fiction, both with one entertaining story after another. With anthologies I like to do a list of my five favorites with a little about them and why I enjoyed the stories. So without further ado, my top 5, in reverse order:

5. Siren in Training - It's exactly what the title would suggest, a short story about a young girl that happens to be a siren. She just finds this out at fourteen and after finally accepting of her new powers puts them to use. These powers do have some limitations and some...side effects on her life that are a nice twist on the usual siren story. A funny little story, quite enjoyable.

4. The Seventh Sage - A story that shows nothing is as it might seem. Great warriors can become great scholars if the path they choose dictates they must. The message seems to be that the greatest rewards are those that you are not even searching for, but find naturally. A more deep-thinking story, but enjoyable.

3. Bait - Another sci-fi story as well as being yet another humorous entry, Bait is about a world where humans live but are under the power of aliens, apparently which like to fish. While the aliens have a different objective, the humans believe they do so to capture them. However, the only currency remaining is obtained by risking this capture. The ending is the selling point for Bait and definitely made me chuckle as it was a pretty good comparison for how humans often assume they know what the other people are thinking when the reality is quite different. If we take Bait as words of wisdom it would be to work on communicating more clearly with other cultures and thus bringing us closer together.

2. Spark - One of the science fiction stories, Spark is another that causes some deeper thinking. In this case the story examines our dependence on technology as well as the virtual reality that so many of us lose ourselves in. It asks us what we might lose in exchange for the way we are spending our lives and whether we are willing to pay the price. Will we risk losing our spark? I loved this one, it brings up quite the quandary.

1. Asmus and the Dragon - Filled with both subtle humor (the name of a certain land Asmus, the main character, traveled to was rather funny in a punny way) as well as the downright hilarious (two words: allergic. dragon.) this story was fabulous. Though one of the shorter ones it had me laughing throughout and my only wish is that it had been longer. Besides, who can resist a good dragon story?
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Mix of Fantasy and Science Fiction 3 April 2013
By Helen A Howell - Published on
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Larry Kollar's recent release Oddities anthology is a nice mix of fantasy and Science Fiction. Each story takes you on another journey. Asmus and the Dragon certainly brought a smile to my lips, but Immortal Curse was a favourite out of the fantasy collection for me. My favourite Science Fiction story was Packaging Design.

This book is just perfect when you have 10 minutes to spare--what could be better than a nice cup of coffee and a good short story to read. If you agree then Oddities is a book for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun ride and a pleasant read! 31 August 2016
By VickChick - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology by Larry Kollar, the first but not the last of his stories I plan to read. "Oddities" is certainly an apt title for this collection of short stories and I appreciated that there were both fantasy and science fiction collections. I also appreciated the author's sense of wry humor throughout. There really wasn't anything that I didn't like about this book and am happy to recommend it to everyone who enjoys fantasy/sci-fi.