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Trying to stay on target with my reading in place theme, I took to the hammock. I figured that looking up into interstellar space while reading these stories would remind me of the world beyond our own.This is a great collection of short stories. I would have been hard pressed to call one volume better than another in the guys read series, until I read Guys Read: Other Worlds that is. I think this is the tightest volume yet. Each story leaves the reader eager for more. Luckily, the reader is not disappointed for long as another gripping and intriguing fantasy or Sci Fi adventure follows! It is easy to get lost in these stories,
for who would not want to come to Earth to witness such beauty?
like this double rainbow
There are stories that I really enjoyed: D.J. Machale's The Scout, Neal Shusterman's The Dirt on our Shoes, Rebecca Stead's Plan B and Shannon Hale's Bouncing the Grinning Goat. I was saddest when they ended and I loved the plot twists.
I want to thank D.J. Machale for writing a story that kept me on the edge of my seat and then threw me for a loop in the end. What does it mean to be a scout?
I want to thank Neal Shusterman for creating a world that I could never imagine. I wanted to visit the Transtellar Biologic Incapsulation craft, just to walk that road.
I want to thank Shannon Hale for creating yet another heroine worthy of admiration. As a rock hound, I too have held tight to a stone hoping to understand something greater or feel the pull of the centuries.
I want to thank Rebecca Stead for creating a story that had me guessing from the beginning and loving the ending, plus this one had cats. Enough said.
All the stories in this collection carried important lessons and messages, but these four resonated with me the most.
It is easy to get lost in the idea of worlds beyond our own. The sights this summer seem to echo this idea:
Something mystical this way comes
Magic happens when worlds blend together
Portals when sea and sky join
Sapling-sized mushrooms populating the forest floor
It is a mystical, magical world.The final story by Ray Bradbury, Frost and Fire, is sufficiently scary and disturbing yet like all the stories in this collection also celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit and carries messages about working toward the greater good of the community and the power of hope.
I like this planet and I hope that whomever comes to visit will like it as well...