Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Book Review -- Tales From Beyond Tomorrow

A couple of months ago, John Paul Catton asked my acquaintance Nick Ottens for a review of his novel Tales From Beyond Tomorrow, and Nick asked me to do the honors. It took me some time to get around to it, but I’m glad I did. What are you in the mood for? It doesn’t matter because you’ll get it with this release.

Mr. Catton is British, so I'll put this in terms he can understand. This is a blinding book. I was chuffed with it.

In all seriousness, this is a really well-done series of short stories. Each one is almost completely different, so if you didn't know better, you'd swear it was all written by different people. He writes in a variety of different styles, meaning you're sure to find something you like here. My personal favorite is a World War I story that could easily have been taken from Doctor Who. There are also stories about a Mod futurist detective, cutthroat cannibals, a videogame doll house, and so much more. I don’t claim to understand everything on offer here (particularly the videogame doll house), but I don’t have to. If you're a sci-fi fan, you've got to give this a read. I officially classify this a hidden gem; I hadn’t even heard of Mr. Catton until this, but I have a feeling he’s going to become quite well-known. Lord knows he deserves to.

Still not convinced? Then I have three words for you: Stigmata Skin Graft. Now you have to read it to find out just what on earth I’m talking about.

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