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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Chambers of the Heart is a collection of short fiction in the science fiction and anthology subgenres. The stories included in the collection are suitable for the general reading audience and were each penned by author B. Morris Allen. The book contains a diverse selection of stories that span across different themes and ideas with a variety of self-contained narratives around subjects such as arranged marriages, what life could look like post-Earth, simulated companionship, and the bravery of finding hope in dire times.
This collection is charming in both its ideas and its eclectic nature, as even with the focus on speculative fiction the diversity of themes and styles within the collection is very impressive. B. Morris Allen’s incredible imagination is matched only by his gift for prose which masterfully brings each story’s world to life before seamlessly moving along to the next one. It’s a genuine challenge to pick a favorite story from the collection as there was never any dip in quality from one story to another. However, if pushed, I would highlight Memory and Faded Ink as a great example of Chambers of the Heart’s formula of introducing an interesting idea, then exploring it in with an engaging and intriguing tale that doesn’t waste an ounce of the potential the concept has. Overall, Chambers of the Heart is an exemplary collection of speculative fiction that quickly moves from one idea to the next, stopping only to fully consider the ideas each story puts on the table. I'd highly recommend it to fans of thought-provoking speculative fiction.