On the jacket:
In times when anthologies dwell on prosaic romantic accounts, Fablery presents Ten Shades of Life. From a nail-biting thriller to a spine-chilling ghost story, an exquisite romance to an ingenious fantasy, an adventurous science-fiction to mirthful and remarkable experiences of salaried men, stories of heroes and philosophies of life - it attends to the preferences of all readers. When anthologies contain stories of one genre, after reading a couple of stories they get predictable and fail to keep a reader’s interest until the end, but a multi-genre book has something to offer to everyone and many things to one reader. The writing styles of all the writers whose stories are included in this book are grand and the plots so engaging that they will force you to read another page and one another before you finally close the book. The stories will take you on a roller coaster between reality and fiction.
This book has been on my to-read list for a while and finally I ordered a copy. The idea of finding good authors amongst the unpublished writers and then giving them a platform, was lovely.
I love short stories, as they are what show an author's real capabilities of spinning a plot, in very few pages. It is very difficult to keep the reader's attention, and if you have managed to do so, it is a story worth reading.
Ten Shades Of Life, has ten short stories by ten different authors. The special part of this book is, as the title suggests, the ten stories are from ten genres. I had read blogs of two of the authors and was eager to read them, but preferred to go chronologically. Stories ranging from science fiction, to fantasy/mythology, from romance to action/adventure, from humour to horror, from philosophical to historical and from suspense/thriller to occupational - this book has it all.
One after the other, the stories take you to a different world, as per it's genre. Some are very good - like the ones by Monika Pant, Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan, Reshmy Pillai and Deepa Duraisamy; some not very good and some just average. Reshmy's was the first historical story I actually read from start to finish and loved. Deepa wrote my favourite genre, and did full justice to it.
The Incarnadines (fantasy) by Cheyenne Mitchell is too descriptive in the beginning, only to have a very short, confusing climax. It could have been made crisp. Weekend in the Country by Bruce Memblatt (Horror) and Barren Harvest by Vinaya Swapnil Bhagat (Philosophical) started off well but somewhere the plot went slack.
Rahul Biswas's A Good Day to Die, Shankar Raman A's Something Like That and Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan's Harry's Buff were really quite interesting. Karthik's A Nootropic Egress didn't work for me, the reason solely being, I cannot make head or tail of science-fiction. My bad, here.
The stories are said to be award-winning. I personally know about the contest that had taken place, but everyone doesn't. Here a note about how the authors were selected, would have been good. Also, who are these authors? They have made an attempt to write, got themselves published, yet the reader will need to google about them. A little about the authors would have been good to know. Editing (or may be, proof reading) leaves a lot to be desired.
Overall an honest attempt, and a decent read. I would want to read most of the authors again.
[This was a personal read.]