Reviewed by: Pete Barber
Genre: Short Story Collection
Approximate word count: 50-55,000 words
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Paul Clayton is the author of a three-book historical series on the Spanish Conquest of the Floridas-- Calling Crow, Flight of the Crow, and Calling Crow Nation (Putnam/Berkley), and a novel, Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam (St. Martin's Press), based on his own experiences in that war.
Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam was a finalist at the 2001 Frankfurt eBook Awards, along with works by Joyce Carol Oates (Faithless) and David McCullough (John Adams).
Clayton's latest book-- White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke-- is a work of historical fiction.
Paul currently lives in California, with his son and daughter.
Thirteen stories, mostly set in the future and remarkable for how different they all are, considering they come from one person’s mind.
Varied and quirky, I had a lot of fun wandering through Paul Clayton’s imaginings. Try this for a range of topics: A genetic experiment that goes horribly wrong and threatens the inhabitants of a small island. A life-sucking being masquerading as a cat in a nursing home as it feeds on the life forces of the patients. A UPS truck that delivers a cloned baby (they had to send it back because it was too dark skinned!). Dead people who return to life for a few days. Brains transplanted into robots to extend life. My favorite was a poignant tale of the last ‘real’ human living in a world of clones who desire his memories because they have none of their own. And that’s only six of the thirteen. Yeah, like I said—a lot of fun.
Too few to mention.
Rating: ***** Five stars