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The Eternal Cycle/Collected Stories and Poems

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by: sandy raschke
Books with a 5 star rating  (9)
Publication Date: April 7, 2017
Book Size: 5" x 8"
Pages: 132
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White

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Book Synopsis
The Eternal Cycle (Collected Stories and Poems) is a collection of new and previously published fourteen speculative short stories and a selection of poems, gleaned from more than twenty years of publishing in the small press. The stories range from science fiction, fantasy, satire, and light horror. The poems are from Female of the Species, a mini-collection of speculative poetry published in 1998.

Customer Comments
Geoffrey Craig
Posted: April 10, 2017
Customer comment 5 star rating
The Eternal Cycle is a superb and diversre collection of speculative short stories. The characters are fascinating, well-rounded and expertly delineated. The plots are intriguing and, often, with very unexpected endings. A number make you want to stand up and cheer. There are dark and light stories, some terrifying in their implications and others hilariously satirical. Sharp social commentary is also never far from Ms. Raschke's quiver of barbed arrows. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it highly for any reader who wants entertaining and thought-provoking material combined.

I give this book five stars
Joy Smith
Posted: May 9, 2017
Customer comment 5 star rating
This collection of stories and poems is a combination of fun and harrowing stories about humans that we can relate to--with satisfying or scary endings that make you think and possibly cringe; they include science fiction, fantasy, and real life horror stories that are on our doorsteps now.... I enjoyed the striking ideas and beautiful imagery in the poetry also. Highly recommended.
George Ivins
Posted: May 10, 2017
Customer comment 5 star rating
Author Sandy Raschke’s The Eternal Cycle is Out of This World! Really! This book of standard narratives and speculative/sci-fi fiction follows the tradition of famous fantasy writers like Jack Finney. I particularly liked the stories with the sci-fi angle. From Iris who battles a computerized vending machine to Pederson Newcastle who has bought a franchise of “Dreamers Universe,” the characters in The Eternal Cycle often match wits with scientific progress. It’s a love-hate relationship with the future.
Techies will have a field day with this book since it appeals to the post-modern taste while oldsters can get up to speed with the younger generation. The stories are humorous, engaging and thought provoking. Hang on to your hats, Earthlings, and let your imaginations go with The Eternal Cycle.
Alan Gould
Posted: May 24, 2017
Customer comment 0 star rating
A superb collection of short stories and poems. Sandy's striking imagination takes you to far flung galaxies and the bowels of computers and vending machines. Her style is gripping, laced with tension and a streak of humor. Each story is unique and, once started, impossible to put down. I admire her freedom to cast through the universe and time, to promote strange characters and, in the end, leave you both pondering and laughing.
Pat Laster
Posted: May 25, 2017
Customer comment 5 star rating
I'm not yet a great fan of sci-fi, fantasy, horror found in speculative fiction. But I'm a great fan of Sandy Raschke and her work. Her poems are exquisite, and, if I re-read the stories again, perhaps I'll change my mind. If you enjoy this/ these genre/s, you'll love this book.
G. Miki Hayden
Posted: August 3, 2017
Customer comment 5 star rating
Polished to perfection, the stories and poems in *The Eternal Cycle* by Sandy Raschke provide fun reads with clever twists, sympathetic protagonists, imagination-inspiring insights, and satisfying outcomes. This is a perfect book to take with you for lunchtime reading or reading while on the train or bus. (Don't read while driving.) Raschke's characters have gumption, and we can identify with them even though they might be in outer space or stuck in some unexpected future world. Her many years of editing and writing shine through in the writing and her innate humanity give us that perfect measure of emotionalism with heart. I enjoyed the book very much and won't loan it out because some people don't return books--and I'll want to read this one again. Definitely five stars for the engaging stories and smooth, thoughtful poems. Kudos.
Tinney Heath
Posted: August 13, 2017
Customer comment 5 star rating
These stories were a treat! Lean and tightly written, free of excess verbiage, these varied tales satisfy. The characters are deftly sketched, and the writer's clear-eyed yet affectionate view of human nature is evident throughout. I enjoyed the subtle humor (including some clever nomenclature) that pervades much of the book. Several stories made me laugh, and at least one brought tears to my eyes. The way the book flows, the sequence of the stories and the interspersed poems, works like a well-crafted album of songs - the whole becomes more than the sum of its parts. I recommend this book.
Honeybee Halford
Posted: August 21, 2017
Customer comment 5 star rating
One thing that never goes out of style is a good story, and Sandy Raschke's "The Eternal Cycle" has one good story after another. Raschke's collection is a keeper. I look forward to discovering new, deeper layers when I read it again.
Cynthia Sabelhaus
Posted: November 14, 2017
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The Eternal Cycle is like having a small suitcase ready to carry on fourteen mini-vacations. The fourteen intelligent stories in this collection are populated with characters you care about, scenarios that pop from the page, and endings that may surprise but always satisfy. The poems are quick interludes that fill the mind with spectacular images and the soul with a gentle disquiet. Keep a copy of this book nearby. You'll want to read it more than once.
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