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It’s Come to Our Attention, edited by Juliana Rew is an anthology of stories that tell the tales of absurd circumstances and cosmic misunderstandings that happen in every nook and cranny of every sub-genre

From a garbage revolution taking place in a scrapheap to a world taken by storm after an inexplicable radio broadcast fad, all the way to click bait gone mad, It’s Come to Our Attention’s strongest suit is not just its originality and variety, but also its ability to make you chuckle. While not every story is distinctly comedic (like Dowyeko’s The Translator), their setups and setting are imaginative and absurd enough to get you hooked.

Despite their strengths, however, a lot of the stories don’t quite feel complete, coming off a lot as absurd genre vignettes, which is a shame. Surplus Army, for example, ends on an abrupt note, even after it has perfectly established its setting and tone. The same thing happens in a few other stories but thankfully those are few and far between. On a final note, while the still life approach to the cover of the anthology helps establish the mood, I cannot help but think that it does not hint the reader at the absurdity in a lot of these stories.

It’s Come To Our Attention might be a tad shorter than most other anthologies by the publisher (73 pages) but it’s a heck of a lot of fun to read through. Good comedy, nice touches of drama thrown here and there and a lot of imagination throughout make this for a great commute read.

It’s Come to Our Attention is published by Third FlatIron Publishing


POSITIVES

-Stories that hit you in the feels
-Wide variety of genres, from urban fantasy to borderline horror
-More than competent comedic writing

NEGATIVES

-Bit on the short side
-Cover doesn’t quite capture the feel of the absurdity inside

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About The Author

Konstantine

Konstantine is a writer by choice. His short stories have been published in Haikaosru's Battle Royale-Slam Book, the AE Canadian SF Review and the Savage Beasts anthology by Grey Matter Press. People tell him he's got a writing problem, but he's recently managed to have one of his stories published in Japanese so he guesses he's still got it under control. He's got a Patreon Account, where he writes SF flash fiction and dreams to one day isolating himself in a little house in the mountains, where he will live off the land and order groceries from Amazon, like his glorious ancestors.

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