Book Reviews

Review: Star Stuff by Daniel Arenson

A color coordinated book cover. I’m liking the detailed illustration. Very nice and ‘cool’ looking at first glance, but outdoors here would probably freeze you instantly if unprepared with out a space suite.

NOTE: This eBook will be released on July 13, 2020. The paperback is available now.


( Extracted from FantasticFiction )

Science fiction and fantasy stories from a USA Today bestselling author.

Carl Sagan famously said that we are made of star stuff. The atoms in our bodies were forged in the hearts of stars. We are a way for the universe to know itself.

Science fiction is the literature of ideas. Of exploration. Of imagination. Through science fiction, we get a little closer to knowing the universe.

This anthology contains tales of imagination. One novella. Five science fiction stories. One fantasy story. All seven tales ask a question. What if . . .

We are made of star stuff. Let’s gaze at where we came from . . . and imagine.

My Evaluation:

Enclosed within the cover of Star Stuff: Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories are seven different stories. Each one creates it’s own unique atmosphere and feeling. These stories deliver, in their own respect, carefully thought out and meaningful messages. The writing is melodic and thoughtfully structured. I was able to not just read, but feel the stories – they ebbed and flowed, creating space between scenes, dialog, and characters hinted with subtle variations in tone and space.

This is the second book I have read by Daniel Arenson. I like this book better than the previous one I read called Utopia 58 ( although I did enjoy Utopia 58 and rate it highly as well ).

I was surprised at the stories related to the Earthrise universe. Judging from the cover of the books from Earthrise ( Deadly sin #1 from a reader, I know. ) I expected the story content related to Earthrise to be like an epic novel with tons of different things going on, similar to the writing of like Tom Clancy for space novels, but that wasn’t it at all. The story line was personal and close, not very complicated, and joy to read ( even though the content from those novels may vary ). I personally don’t like complicated stories with tons of characters and scenes going on at once – so this book was a home run for me.

My Recommendation:

If read aloud to a crowd of people I think the listeners would agree that this is masterful story-telling filled with accents of color and wit.

I can’t say at any point in time I actually wanted to rush through certain parts to “get to the point”. I didn’t feel as if any of the endings were cliffhangers and they did bring closure. My favorite story in this anthology was Life, although all the other stories come in at a close and equal second in quality and design.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that prefers stories laid out in a thoughtful manner and are easy to read, regardless of the genre of story they prefer. Even though some scenes were high action or exciting, there was still a consistent undertone to the story telling and the action and excitement was portrayed and accented with dialog that breathes life into it’s own pages. I give this book ★★★★★ 5 stars out of 5.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S. D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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