Disclaimer: I received this book for free as part of LibraryThing’s Advance Readers Program. This is an unbiased review.
Cover: This book is not released yet, and the cover has not yet been revealed.
Content: The book contained 8 short stories, each of which retold a biblical tale. Each story was written by a different author, and as such, the quality of the story varied from tale to tale. Overall, each story was unique and well-written. Some stories, however, particularly the first, overused adjectives to the point where I felt I was in a Stephanie Meyer novel. For the most part, however, each story was enjoyable. The environments varied from tale to tale, from a post-apocalyptic world to Second Eden. Each world varied in realism, the most realistic being The Deluge, a retelling of the classic tale of Noah’s Ark. The least realistic setting was The Demon Was Me, which featured the League of Witch Assassins in a post-apocalyptic world.
Characters: It’s hard to gauge characters on originality when most of the characters are based off of preexisting ones. However, each story contains a new interpretation of at least one character. The first story featured Habakkuk, the servant of the prophet Daniel, and provided an interesting interpretation of Daniel’s mindset. The next story, Babylon, featured a cast of immortal and divine beings, and had a hilarious interpretation of the state of Heaven and the creatures who inhabit it. The most original story was Deluge, which told the story of Noah’s Ark from an atheist’s perspective. Overall, each character was incredibly original and some were thought-provoking.
Final Score: A-
If you want to buy this book, keep an eye out on http://www.month9books.com/. The book will be released on Oct. 25, 2016.