A New Review of The Fountain

The Fountain: and six more fantasy and sci-fi stories came out in 2017. We recently did a discount for a week. This result came of it–a review by a fellow writer friend.

D. W. Peach

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 14, 2023

I like speculative fiction, and every once in a while, a collection of short stories is a nice break from longer novels. “The Fountain” is the lead story in this collection of seven fantasy/sci-fi tales. I read the book in one sitting of about 90 minutes.

The stories offer a lot of variety from an ancient curse to a confused vampire, alien reconnaissance and alternate reality, a love spell gone wrong, and inspiration for a struggling writer. The alternate reality story, “The Closet Door” was my favorite with some surprising twists at the end.

The final tale in the collection, “The Fribble,” is novelette length, taking up the second half of the book. It’s a tease for a longer story and doesn’t come to a wrapped-up conclusion. Fans of Star Trek’s “The Trouble with Tribbles” will see a few similarities, but this story goes in a far different direction, retaining plenty of cuteness, but adding lots of danger too. I would have enjoyed seeing what happened at the end.

This is an engaging speculative fiction collection that I recommend to fantasy and sci-fi readers looking to fill some free time with enjoyable short stories.

D. Wallace Peach is a well-regarded writer of many award-winning fantasy novels, anthologies and more. 

6 thoughts on “A New Review of The Fountain

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed the review, John, and thanks for the kind comment. Did you ever finish the Fribble story? It was definitely entertaining and would be worth a conclusion. 🙂 Then again, more short stories are always welcome. 😀

    1. Thanks for asking about the Fribble. I didn’t have time in the years after–for lots of reasons. But I’m thinking about it now. Maybe do another short story with a recap of the prior story–if that makes sense. I could add that into a short story collection I’m targeting for 2025. The goal for that collection is to be progressively longer than the first and second bunch. I’m getting more determined and confident about my goals. I can slow down in my 80s. 🙂

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