The Fountain: and six more fantasy and sci-fi stories
The Fountain came out in June 2017–it’s about time we did some temporary price cuts; for seven days.
Here’s the deals:
The countdowns are all at PDT time
- Just $.99–from June 2nd, at 8am to 4pm on the 5th.
- From 4pm on the 5th to 12am on the 9th it’s $1.99.
- Regular price of $2.99 returns on the rest of the day.
Four and Five star ratings–here’s three of eleven reviews:
Nicholas C. Rossis had these crisp remarks:
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twilight Zone meets Philip K. Dick
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 16, 2017
I wonder if The Fountain’s stories should be labeled speculative or science fiction, as they remind me more of Twilight Zone and less of Philip K. Dick. Maybe that’s the best definition of them; the common ground between these works. Whichever it is, I enjoyed them and their twists. Maberry writes in a clear way that immerses the reader into the story. He has a gift for creating easily identifiable characters who feel familiar after just a few lines. All in all, a fine collection for those who enjoy their short stories with a twist.
Wesley H. Higaki said:
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever set of short stories
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 14, 2017
The Fountain is a collection of six science fiction and fantasy short stories by John Maberry. I like the simple, whimsical style of these stories. Each is a clever story that ends with abrupt, but clever, plot twists. The characters are realistic and interesting; their interactions are believable. [the rest of the review was omitted; it describes each story]
June gave these short zingers:
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories with surprises
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 11, 2017
If you love stories with a surprise at the end, you will love these. Some are ironic, some cautionary, and some funny. A delight for the gray matter. Perhaps my favorite was Alfred’s Strange Blood Disorder. I laughed the hardest at that one. I received an advance review copy at no cost or obligation.
Here’s the author’s description: Among Humor, twists and more in this collection of seven fantasy and sci-fi short stories. Karma can be painful in “The Fountain”–when a plunderer meets a long-dead shaman. A family adopts a retriever with special talents in “Lily, an Amazing Dog.” A vampire has a strange problem, in “Alfred’s Strange Blood Disorder.” A perennial favorite, dimensional travel, with a strange twist in “The Closet Door.” What could that column of fire be, rising from the Atlantic off the Outer Banks, read “The Flame” to find out what it meant to troubled writer Carson. A wizard casts a spell that works well for a princess, but will it be as good for him? Check out “The Wizard.” Finally, “The Fribble” offers an alien encounter of an odd sort, to a pharmaceutical company rep searching for new drugs in the Amazon Rain forest.