REVIEW: “One of the rare collections that keeps the reader hungrier with every passing story.”

“These stories represent both the importance of games and the people that play and create them. They are all labyrinths, the stories and the games, and they act as mazes that we never intend to escape from. Collections are fickle beasts to tame, there is an overwhelming fear that one story will outweigh the rest and spoil the reader, and a greater fear of that one story that may leave a sour taste in your mouth. Press Play to Start is one of the rare collections that keeps the reader hungrier with every passing story. One might question why we even need a collection like this, or if Cline’s like revolution of videogame stories is simply a fad waiting to pass like the Dreamcast. And another would counter that, this collection should not and will not be sectioned off as a mere collection of nerdy stories; it is an utter and visceral look at our humanity, a reflection of us as both Bowser and Mario.” —Stymie [review]

REVIEW: “Deeply meaningful stories … you’ll find much enjoyment.” —ANALOG

“There’s plenty of variety in this volume, from outright comedy to deeply meaningful stories questioning the economics and ethics of games and the gaming industry. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or an occasional dabbler, you’ll find much enjoyment and even some food for thought between these covers” —Analog Science Fiction & Fact [review]

REVIEW: Felicia Day Reviews PRESS START TO PLAY

I don’t normally post updates about GoodReads reviews, but when you get a GoodReads review from Felicia Day…

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REVIEW: Kirkus: “sci-fi fans will find it well worth their while.”

Kirkus Reviews has reviewed PRESS START TO PLAY, summing up: “sci-fi fans will find it well worth their while.” [review]

REVIEW: GeekDad: “You’ll find many stories here that will capture your imagination.”

GeekDad reviews Press Start to Play: “I’m hooked on John Joseph Adams’ short story anthologies. […] It’s a fantastic group of authors […] and the stories are as various and diverse as videogames themselves. […] If you like videogames and science fiction, you’ll find many stories here that will capture your imagination.” [review]

REVIEW: Starred Review from Publishers Weekly: “a provocative assortment of thoughtful stories.”

Publishers Weekly gives Press Start to Play a coveted starred review (!), calling it “a provocative assortment of thoughtful stories.” [review]