Prism


Fiction - Anthology
282 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2014
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Author Biography

Roland Allnach, after working twenty years on the night shift in a hospital, has witnessed life from a slightly different angle. He has been working to develop his writing career, drawing creatively from literary classics, history, and mythology. His short stories, one of which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in many publications. His first anthology, ‘Remnant’, blending science fiction and speculative fiction, saw publication in 2010. ‘Remnant’ was followed in 2012 by ‘Oddities & Entities’, a collection spanning horror, supernatural, paranormal, and speculative genres. Both books have received unanimous critical praise and have been honored with a combined total of twelve national book awards, including honors from National Indie Excellence, Foreword Reviews, and Readers Favorite. ‘Prism’ marks Roland’s third stand alone publication.
When not immersed in his imagination, Roland can be found at his website, rolandallnach.com, along with a wealth of information about his stories and experiences as an author. Writing aside, his joy in life is the time he spends with his family.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ioana Marza for Readers' Favorite

Prism is a collection of short stories that span multiple locations, times and worlds. Roland Allnach has a great talent for creating worlds, building an atmosphere and painting for the reader a believable setting for each story. His power of description is considerable. The style of writing is diverse and changes from one story to another. “Titalis” is akin to a Greek tragedy, “Of Typhon and Aerina” is all in epic verse, while several of the stories belong to the science fiction and paranormal genres. Some of the writing styles are easier to read than others, but the stories are all very well written. When he is not constructing tragedies that feel as genuine as something taken out of mythology, Allnach is writing stories in an almost ambiguous way which makes them interesting and mysterious without becoming confusing.

A glass prism separates white light into a spectrum of colours, and this is an apt title for Roland Allnach’s book. The most simple or even trivial activity such as a child’s fear of darkness or a bored pupil’s imagination running wild while at school becomes a big adventure when seen through his prism. The theme of war is most recurrent, specifically the human traits (whether good or bad) that drive people to war. Honour, love, deceit, hunger for power - they are all seen through the Prism of Allnach’s imagination. The whole collection of stories is interesting and intriguing and sometimes even moving. There is a dark element in most of them. I definitely enjoyed it and would strongly recommend it.

Rattan Whig

A timeless, exquisite collection of short stories that's bound to leave you mesmerized and awestruck. The compilation is a masterpiece, besides being lifelike in many ways. The selection of stories indicates a true literary master at work. Each story itself is superbly written and offers glimpses into some of the less visited areas of human psychology. The stories tend to relate to a constant stream of boundless energy and the forces at work in the human mind. That the human mind is the true master of each person's outward behavior and inner thoughts is known and well respected, yet the depths are untested and unknown to a large extent. What these depths hold and exactly how it manifests as a reflection is the deeper mystery. The reality tends to get lost in the quagmire of thoughts for it is the thoughts that define our reality. Reality and the perception of reality, or, in other words thoughts and fantasies, take on a different meaning under stressful circumstances and preclude the owner from acting in their best interest. For some, this defines the life that they live each day while for some others it is the sign of things to come. Yet, one unmistakable fact is their presence and their influence on everything around.

Much of what we don't understand about being human is inside our head. Popular line I read somewhere, dismissed as another interesting choice of words, yet so true in the context. How could the human mind be so majestic and frighteningly unfamiliar, so inviting yet so fear-invoking, so brilliant to imagine yet so fearful in reality? Why does the reality differ for each person? Why is there no rest even while one is surrounded by all the creature comforts? The answers to these and similar questions may not be the prerogative of this book as much as it is the thought provoking and curiosity raising element many of the stories succeed in inducing. A wonderful and memorable read!

Lisa Jones

Prism by Roland Allnach is a wonderful collection of short stories which manage to capture the imagination. I became hooked from the beginning on this enthralling eclectic collection of rare delights. I think that the mixture is just right and there is something for everyone here. The author did get great feedback in the preview to this book, which always makes the read more enjoyable, and I knew I would not be disappointed. Out of them all, my favourite has to be the first story with the soldier whose men had all died. He goes looking for water and his life changes forever. I found this captivating and imaginative and could not stop reading.

Roland Allnach delivers a wonderful collection of stories in Prism. It was cleverly written in a way which attracted the reader from the outset. Each story was different and unique. I think there is something for all tastes and I expect to be seeing more great things from this author. The development of the plots and characters had just the correct balance and I was just taken away into the realms of my own imagination. I look forward to another similar collection from this author and I would highly recommend this book to all. It brings an air of mystery, along with witty and wonderfully delivered tales. Prism will certainly be one of those rare books to add to my collection of precious finds. Overall, I would say that you are missing out if you don't read this book.