TMW Book Reviews

Review – Multi-Storied Tales: Novellas and Short Stories


Joseth Moore

In “Multi-Storied Tales: Novellas and Short Stories,” Joseth Moore weaves an expansive tapestry of narratives that delve into the realms of science fiction and the paranormal, inviting readers on a journey through a meticulously crafted collection of eleven tales. This collection marks a significant moment in Moore’s literary career, presenting ten of these stories to the public for the very first time, alongside a novella that readers might find familiar yet refreshingly innovative.

The collection kicks off with “The Pre-Existents,” a tale that plunges into the heart of post-modern America. Here, we meet Jaimie Manuel, a character ensnared in a healthcare system now dominated by the insurance industry’s overbearing power. This narrative does more than tell a story; it offers a critique of societal structures, tying into real-world issues with pre-existing conditions and healthcare accessibility. Through Jaimie’s eyes, Moore presents a near-future political thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is enthralling, blending the line between fiction and potential reality.

Another notable entry, “The Department of Terrestrials,” introduces Dr. Greene, a young scientist entangled in the clandestine pursuits of capturing Terrestrials known as the “bi-pollex.” This story propels the reader into an adrenaline-fueled chase that spans across continents, from the urban sprawls of Des Moines, Iowa, to the vast landscapes of Santiago, Chile. Moore’s ability to craft a narrative that is both globally expansive and intensely personal is a testament to his storytelling prowess.

Each story in the collection stands as a beacon of Moore’s imagination, illuminating the diverse facets of human (and sometimes non-human) experience. From tales that explore political upheaval in a future America to those that delve into the mysteries of the paranormal intersecting with the mundane, Moore’s collection is a vibrant mosaic of speculative fiction.

Moore’s writing style is both elegant and accessible, weaving complex narratives with a clarity that invites readers from all backgrounds. His characters are meticulously developed, with each story peeling back layers to reveal the depth of their personalities, struggles, and triumphs. The collection’s thematic diversity, from the socio-political to the supernatural, showcases Moore’s versatility as a writer.

“Multi-Storied Tales” is not just a collection of stories; it is a reflection on the human condition, a commentary on society’s evolving challenges, and a celebration of the boundless possibilities of speculative fiction. Joseth Moore has created a world that is at once familiar and utterly unique, inviting readers to ponder, to question, and most importantly, to imagine.

In conclusion, “Multi-Storied Tales: Novellas and Short Stories” is a compelling collection that stands as a significant contribution to the fields of science fiction and paranormal literature. It is a must-read for fans of speculative fiction and for those who seek to explore the depths of human resilience, imagination, and the unknown through the lens of an adept storyteller. Moore’s collection is a beacon of creativity, reminding us of the power of stories to challenge, entertain, and inspire.

– The Moving Words Review

Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2025