Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales, by Stephen...
As with most short story collections from any good author, some of these were great, some fell pretty flat. But overall, a good set of stories. 1408 is definitely the standout story, it genuinely freaked me out. Rating: 4 out of 5
The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells
Although this story suffers from the same kind of very straightforward plot that most older fiction does, and I have become accustomed to intricate twists and surprises, this father of all time travel stories still holds up quite well. One can imagine just how unusual the entire concept of traveling into the future was to its first readers, and what an imagination Wells must have had to come up...
Sunstorm, by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
Baxter and Clarke are both hard sci-fi visionaries, but they’re also hit-or-miss, and this is one of their mutual misses. What do you get when you take a world disaster movie, remove all the visuals and special effects, make the characters so flat as to be interchangeable, and fill all the gaps with science jabber? You get a plot that the reader cares nothing about, even to the last page. ...