Ride the Moon (Anthology) – review

RIDE THE MOON, edited by M.L.D. Curelas
Tyche Books, 2012, 230 pages, 978-0987824806, E-book, $6.99

Genre: Fantasy

This first anthology released by the recently launched Canadian small press Tyche books compiles a wide range of genres under the theme of the Moon. From traditional fantasy, to myth and magic, to science fiction, this collection of short stories will surely hold something for everyone.

The majority of the authors in this anthology were new to me, and that made reading it very exciting. The selection of stories is well curated and each provides a new, sometimes unexpected, take on the theme of the moon. Whether it’s a person, a setting, a monster, or a concept, each writer presents his or her own lunar ideas in creative, entertaining ways with writing that is enjoyable to read.

As with any anthology, some stories are stronger than others. Deciding which is which, however, will rely fairly heavily on taste. My two favorite stories by far were “With the Sun and the Moon in His Eyes” by A. Merc Rustad and “On the Labrador Shore, She Waits” by Krista D. Ball. These stories were emotional and intensely moving, driven heavily by the characters and their feelings of love and betrayal. Without a doubt, I’d love to read other works by the these authors in the future.

Of course, there are many other notable stories in the anthology as well. “Husks” by Isabella Drzemczewska Hodson stands out as being dark, unusual, and affecting, and “Sunset at the Sea of Fertility” by Tony Noland is a fascinating science fiction story of catastrophe and human choice.

Ride the Moon is a good title to try for quality material over multiple genres. It’s a promising first release from Tyche Books, and I look forward to seeing what they bring to the table in the future.

Thank you to Tyche Books for providing a review copy of this book.

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