Sapience- Book Review
While Science fiction isn’t my usual go to for an escape from reality- I do enjoy watching Star Wars so I decided to give this Anthology a try. I’m a huge fan of short stories, and after all- since they’re nice and short, what’s the harm?
I gotta say, WOW! Thanks to Alexis Lantgen this will not be the last science fiction I pick up. I really enjoyed reading these.
Maybe it was the Author’s method of writing in deep point of view, but she gripped me tight and pulled me into space. I’m no astrophysicist but I do feel that the stories in this Anthology answer questions regarding plausibility and is well researched. Reading these stories was truly an immersive experience. I won’t go into detail over all the stories or this review will be a long winded book report but I did have a few favorites that I’d like to mention.
Deep Ice, where a mother who had once gone into the deep uncharted ice of an alien planet called Europa became obsessed with what happened to a group of scientists who had ventured in and never returned. I enjoyed the pace of the story; it put me in the place of the character in wanting to do something for the mother, to make her feel whole again. The ending was heart wrenching, and made me wonder what I would have done if I were in the characters shoes.
Another I was drawn to was The Last Bird. It has more of a dystopian feel to it, as birds were cryogenically frozen for preservation of the species. The story begins by a little sparrow laying on its side and dying. A young boy was told he could no longer ever make them out of paper- for paper was never to be used again and technology was being enforced for learning- nothing else. The Last Bird draws on the innovative skills of a young boy looking to create art to remember the things humankind leaves behind on Earth. To me it speaks of hope and has a heartwarming ending in a dystopian universe.
I won’t give it all away- but as far as science fiction short stories go, I will be revisiting Alexis Lantgen’s books. More up my alley is her next collection of short stories called Saints and Curses- if it’s as immersive as Sapience- you best believe I’ll be giving it a read.
About the Author
Alexis Lantgen is a writer, teacher, and classical musician. She loves Renaissance Faires and all things science fiction and fantasy. Her first book, Sapience: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories, is available on Amazon in paperback and ebook. Her short stories have appeared in the Gallery of Curiosities, Phantaxis, Red Sun Magazine, and Swords and Sorcery Magazine, and her nonfiction articles have appeared in Renaissance Magazine. She lives with her husband, her spirited five-year-old daughter, her toddler son, and two very patient cats in Texas.