Skip to main content

Recommended For You

Loading...

Shopping Cart

You're getting the VIP treatment!

Item(s) unavailable for purchase
Please review your cart. You can remove the unavailable item(s) now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout.
itemsitem
itemsitem

Ratings and Book Reviews ()

Overall rating

5.0 out of 5
5 Stars
3 reviews have 5 stars
4 Stars
0 reviews have 4 stars
3 Stars
0 reviews have 3 stars
2 Stars
0 reviews have 2 stars
1 Star
0 reviews have 1 stars

Share your thoughts

You've already shared your review for this item. Thanks!

We are currently reviewing your submission. Thanks!

Complete your review

All Book Reviews

  • Superbly varied stories

    Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Tales from the Aether: The Best Short Stories of 2020 is a work of fiction in the anthology, science fiction and darkly reflective writing sub genres, and was penned by author Matthew Woodruff. The work is intended for the general adult reading audience, and contains dark horror elements, death, the afterlife and some genuinely unnerving and brilliant sci-fi concepts. Taking readers through fourteen very different stories which challenge the mind, the senses, and sometimes the reader’s own nerves, what results is a stunning journey that takes ordinary occurrences and relatable emotions and blows them up into spectacular speculative proportions. From time travel to chosen one tropes, life after death and more, there’s sure to be something for every reader in this award-winning collection. Author Matthew Woodruff has crafted a superbly varied work of fiction which never lets up on quality despite its breadth and variance, and it has plenty of thrills, spills and surprises to offer readers. One of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was how much the stories stuck in my mind long after the reading experience was done, with highly visual descriptions painting images in my head, and themes and questions resurfacing in such a reflective manner. Some personal favourites of mine from the collection were the darkly brilliant ‘Boxed In By Fate’ and the later gem ‘Saving Sally’, which I thought was such a standout for how it twists ideas compared to existing tales in this genre. Overall, I would highly recommend Tales from the Aether to fans of poignant and psychologically effective fiction, well penned characters with great dialogue, and for dark short story readers everywhere.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

  • A fascinating collection!

    Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite Tales from the Aether by Matthew Woodruff, a collection of 14 bizarre and thought-provoking short stories, will make you question your conditioned reality. What if the world is not how you have always perceived it to be? Imagine waking up in a strange, darkened room. You have no idea how you arrived there but now you are imprisoned with no means of escape, then you hear an unfamiliar voice. A girl faces the worse kind of betrayal and takes drastic action against those who have wronged her. A woman enters the afterlife and discovers it was not what she expected it to be. Or a grieving mother who encounters a mysterious stranger holding a Valentine’s Day gift with a horrifying surprise inside. The stories pose such questions as what happens to our souls when our lives have ended; do destiny and fate exist? Are our lives mapped out or do we have the ability to control our futures? If you could go back in time, what decisions would you make differently, and would one different decision cause a chain of events that would dramatically change the course of your life? Is there a higher power watching our every move and what will happen if we try to change the rules of the game of life? Tales from the Aether by Matthew Woodruff is another fantastic collection of short stories which take everyday situations such as relationships, human emotions, and fears and transform them into obscure and compelling tales. From a grieving mother about to receive a shocking surprise from beyond the grave, a tale of horrifying revenge, to a journey into the after-life. Every story has a fantastic twist and a powerful sting in its tail. The characters were imaginative and realistic. The stories relayed the powerful emotions man faces throughout his life; uncertainty, fear, shock, anger, and greed. My particular favorites were Lenny the Dijinn, which highlights the importance to be careful what you wish for. This quote by Lenny was extremely profound, “Not until we are lost, do we begin to understand ourselves.” Plus the dark but incredibly humorous My After Life with its brilliant ending and Destiny’s End. Expect the unexpected with every turn of the page, from mermaids to the enslavement of dwarves and cats eating human body parts. This collection is not for the faint-hearted but will make you think outside the box and spark your curiosity and awareness.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

  • Very interesting

    Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite There is something fascinating about short prose. If an author manages to tell a story in a few pages, he demonstrates that he has both the talent to condense the facts and the ability to entertain the reader effectively. This is what Matthew C. Woodruff has done in his collection titled Tales from the Aether. An original collection that combines tales with a disturbing ending (like Amy's Valentine) and funny stories (Lenny the Djinn), Tales from the Aether comprises 12 stories plus 2 bonus stories. If you are looking for a book in which the variety of situations is intriguing and told with great skill, this is a collection that you will love. What I liked most about Tales From the Aether is that the stories do not look like anything I have ever read before. Matthew C. Woodruff has a knack for telling them in a way that sometimes arouses concern (I am thinking in particular of The Dark New Year and Destiny’s End). Moreover, they are remarkable for their subtle humor and, while this is not their main trait, it certainly gives them an original flavor that stands out, especially in My After-Life. Although I cannot dwell on each story as much as they deserve, I'd like to emphasize how each has a well-defined character and presents interesting personalities for whom fate often reserves unpleasant surprises. Overall, I am thrilled with Tales From the Aether and hope to read more short prose by Woodruff soon.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices:

  • DESKTOP
  • eREADERS
  • TABLETS
  • IOS
  • ANDROID