Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Book Review: Ephemera by Paul S. Kemp

Ephemera by Paul S. Kemp is a collection of previously published shorts that the author collected together into a new, single volume source available in Amazon's Kindle store. Kemp is the NY Times bestselling author of the popular Erevis Cale novels and stories.

As the sub-title indicates, these are dark tales. You won't come away feeling good. You'll experience murder, rape, injustice, and torture. But Kemp handles each of these topics with a certain finesse, neither overdoing it nor throwing in something just for shock factor. There may be some unsavory happenings, but they're each integral to the story in question.

The collection consists of just over 200 pages and includes the following stories:

  • The Signal (available as a free download from the author's blog): A hard-boiled detective story with a Lovecraftian slant.
  • One Thousand and One Words: A reporter's visit to a reclusive enigma's mansion may be his last.
  • Marlboro Man: A story about a very unangel-like angel.
  • Confession: Two brothers go to summon a demon.
  • The Spinner: A nautical tale about wrongdoing and self-sacrifice.
  • Stillborn: A witch's tale of sacrifice.
  • The Sixth Floor: A short but chilling story of zombies and survival.

I found each of the stories enjoyable (maybe that's the wrong word given the content; let's say instead the stories and characters did an excellent job of luring me in). The only exception might be Marlboro Man. I don't object to the blasphemy. The story itself just didn't leave me as haunted or as satisfied as the others. My favorites were The Signal, The Spinner, and The Sixth Floor. The last, while the shortest, is also the most chilling. It's a nice send-off for what is a very well written, haunting collection of shorts.



Comments (2) -

  • Man of la Book

    7/24/2010 9:48:25 PM | Reply

    I think that's wonderful that you are reviewing Kindle authors.  I believe that the biggest impact of eBooks will be that the readers will get to decide what is quality.

    I just got a Nook yesterday, I hope you don't mind if I steal your idea or expend on it :)

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

    PS - I found you through Twitter.

  • Scott Marlowe

    7/25/2010 12:26:35 PM | Reply

    [i]I just got a Nook yesterday, I hope you don't mind if I steal your idea or expend on it.[/i]

    Not at all. Please do, in fact.

    How do you like the nook so far? The only issue I've heard about is the lag between the touch screen and the eInk display. eInk displays are amazing and the #1 selling attraction, IMO.

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