Return of the Old Ones

by Brian M. Sammons, Lucy A. Snyder, Tim Waggoner, Cody Goodfellow, Jeffrey Thomas, William Meikle, Scott T. Goudsward, Don Webb, Christine Morgan, Scott R. Jones, Tim Curran, Stephen Mark Rainey, Sam Gafford, Edward M. Erdelac, Glynn Owen Barrass, Pete Rawlik, Konstantine Paradias, Edward Morris, Neil Baker, Sam Stone

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While any themed collection suffers from repetition, this one suffers A LOT. It’s like there was a checklist, make the main character have suppressed memories, throw in some cults, and BOOM, end the world. Failing that, just throw a bunch of weird stuff against the wall and see what sticks.

There were a few stories I did like, but ultimately I think the theme constricted the plots too much; the writing was mostly fine throughout. If I read these by themselves and not back to back, I’m sure they wouldn’t have annoyed me so much, but the same thing over and over with just increasingly over-the-top weird for the sake of it was just tiresome.

Did I mention how repetitive this is yet?

** Two out of Five Stars (Bad)

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