Book Review: A Year of Stories: Cobalt Blue by Steve Spalding

Posted March 24, 2018 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Fantasy / 0 Comments

Book Review: A Year of Stories: Cobalt Blue by Steve SpaldingA Year of Stories: Cobalt Blue by Steve Spalding
Narrator: James Moors
Series: A Year of Stories #1
Published by Self-published on 29-09-16
Genres: Fantasy
Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-stars

At the beginning of 2016, Steve Spalding -- author of Founder's Saga and creator of the popular podcast Steve Reads Stories -- challenged himself to write one piece of short fiction, every weekday, for a full year. This collection, Cobalt Blue, is the first in a series of books to chronicle that journey.

Inside are twenty original tales, ranging from a contemporary fantasy piece about relationships, gods and the weather ("Partly Cloudy"), to a science fiction short that follows an aging treasure hunter as he searches the galaxy for his lost son ("The Fire and the Black").

After every story, Steve gives insight into his inspiration, the writing process, and the challenges of 2AM editing sessions.

Cobalt Blue is the perfect companion for readers who like their whimsy with a dose of darkness, for anyone looking to have their heart strings plucked at, and for connoisseurs of great fiction the world over.

This is a compilation of short stories written by Steve Spalding. More than a compilation I would call it a writing exercise, since each story corresponds to a weekday during a couple of months. They are very imaginative and some of them really good, but I think a bit of weeding out should have been done in order to provide a more polished book. Most of the stories are just scenes or sketches without a lot of development, but they are entertaining nonetheless.

What I really enjoyed was James Moors narration. He demonstrated to be a very chameleonic narrator, interpreting a wide range of characters giving them different voices and styles. Moors also provided great character’s interpretations, bringing them to life, and undoubtedly improving the final product. His voice is clear and the audio production was spotless.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: four-stars