Today we’re featuring Obsidian Worlds, a collection of short stories by author Jason Werbeloff. I love sci fi and this short story collection seemed like something I would really enjoy, so I was more than happy to be part of this blog tour. Turned out to be an awesome move on my part.
Read on to know why it was awesome and join the tour giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon/BN gift card. YAYYY.
About this book
Jason Werbeloff’s short stories have been downloaded over 20,000 times. Obsidian Worlds brings together his 11 best-selling sci-fi shorts into a mind-bending philosophical anthology.
In Your Averaged Joe, a man’s headache is large enough to hold the multiverse. Q46F is an obsessive-compulsive android who finds love in a zombie-embroiled apocalypse. The end of the world isn’t all that bad – The Experience Machine will fulfil your every desire (and some you hadn’t considered). A sex bot dares to dream of freedom in Dinner with Flexi. But mind what you eat, because The Photons in the Cheese Are Lost. Don’t fret though: The Cryo Killer guarantees that your death will be painless, or your money back when you’re thawed. Unless, that is, you’re The Man with Two Legs.
Plug into Obsidian Worlds for these and other immersive stories, including the hilarious Time-Traveling Chicken Sexer. Your brain will never be the same again.
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Strange, weird, out of this world, and downright entertaining
Although the blurb gives you an idea of what the stories in this collection are like, it really doesn’t prepare you for how strange, weird and out of this world they really are. I absolutely loved it.
The stories in Obsidian Worlds are very original and bizarre, but really fascinating and entertaining. They’re easy to read, fast-paced, humorous, incredibly descriptive and well-written, and have ‘fun’ twists and endings. I call them ‘fun’ because, you know, they’re nothing like what you’d expect or are just so weird and unusual, and I just love it when authors don’t shy away from unusual, ‘WTF’ twists to take readers on a different path. And even though they’re about weird, strange and unreal things, these stories make you wonder and think about your own reality because, after all, we don’t know everything about this world we’re in.
Seriously, I love weird stories about weird things and I really enjoyed this book. If you like science fiction or original and out-of-this-world stories, you’d most probably enjoy Obsidian Worlds, too.
Note: I received a review copy of this book as part of my participation in the tour. All opinions and views expressed here are my own.
Read an Excerpt from one of the stories, Your Averaged Joe:
“Sorry, this is a bit overwhelming. Let me introduce myself.” Then all three men spoke in unison, extending their hands, “I’m Thursday.” They each chewed a piece of gum, their masticating movements simultaneous.
Joe eyed the identical hands. Long, frosty fingers. Whitest skin. He shook hands with each. Their grips were firm. All three.
Thursday continued, “This is the Chamber.” He waved his arm around the room proudly. Joe considered the space. The rows of beds seemed to stretch forever. He couldn’t see the end of the room. And no pillars. Nothing to support the pink ceiling that extended in all directions. Joe scrunched his feet at the enormity of the Chamber, and the floor squeezed between his toes. But the floor wasn’t smooth – it was … hairy? He glanced down, and yup, fine dark hairs covered its surface. It was like standing on a forearm. Goose bumps erupted along his arms, down his legs, Joe shifted his weight to his heels, trying to avoid the hairs from scratching between his toes. And as the goose bumps spread across his back, down his chest, the ground beneath his feet changed. Between the silky black hairs, the fleshy floor lumped in places. Lumps the size of fists. Bumps, goose bumps. On the ground. He shivered.
Trying not to think about it, and resisting the urge to jump, to get his feet anywhere but on the fleshy floor, he stared at the beds. Each held a single occupant, each with brown hair, each wearing the same pale blue nightgown he was wearing. Joe looked to the bed beside his, and his heart stopped.
The man in the bed was him.
About the Author
Jason Werbeloff is a novelist and philosopher. He loves chocolate and his Labrador, Sunny.
He’s interested in the nature of social groups, personal identity, freedom, and the nature of the mind. His passion is translating philosophical debate around these topics into works of science fiction, while gorging himself on chocolate.
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