A Thousand Doors: An Anthology of Many Lives

A Thousand Doors: An Anthology of Many Lives

by J. T. Ellison (Editor)

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ISBN-13: 9781948967082
Publisher: Two Tales Press
Publication date: 11/05/2018
Pages: 404
Sales rank: 76,861
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series "A Brit in the FBI" with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter.

With millions of books in print, Ellison's work has been published in twenty-six countries and fourteen languages. Her novel THE COLD ROOM won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original. Her novels FIELD OF GRAVES and WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE were each a RITA® nominee for Best Romantic Suspense. She is also the author of multiple short stories.

Cohost of the EMMY Award-winning literary television series A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

Visit https://www.jtellison.com for more information.

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A Thousand Doors: An Anthology of Many Lives 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 15 days ago
I am not a fan of anthologies. The idea of many short, very short, stories being put in one book, not having continuous storylines is not the type of book I usually enjoy. But in A Thousand Doors, I found that I couldn’t stop reading the stories one after another. The difference with this collection is that they have the same beginning. Mia dies and the rest of the stories are a collection of what her life could have been written by many well-known authors. The fun part of an anthology is that you can put the book down and come back to it without missing a beat. Finish one short story and you can go read a different book, come back and the story picks right back up where it left off. A Thousand Doors is a great variety of stories with J.T. Ellison starting the collection and then tying it all up perfectly.
Fredreeca2001 29 days ago
I really don’t know where to start! What unique idea! Mia has been murdered. As she is dying she experiences what her life, or better yet, what she could have been if she had made alternative decisions. I cannot explain what a wonderful read this is. If you follow my blog you know I do not read the blurb of a book. And, this holds true for this one. So needless to say, I was a little confused at the beginning of this book. But the more I read, the more I loved this tale! Every chapter is different. And in every chapter Mia is different. Sometimes she is good and sometimes she is bad. With all these various contributors, how could Mia not live a thousand different lives. This is one not to be missed! I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.
Fredreeca2001 29 days ago
I really don’t know where to start! What unique idea! Mia has been murdered. As she is dying she experiences what her life, or better yet, what she could have been if she had made alternative decisions. I cannot explain what a wonderful read this is. If you follow my blog you know I do not read the blurb of a book. And, this holds true for this one. So needless to say, I was a little confused at the beginning of this book. But the more I read, the more I loved this tale! Every chapter is different. And in every chapter Mia is different. Sometimes she is good and sometimes she is bad. With all these various contributors, how could Mia not live a thousand different lives. This is one not to be missed! I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.
bookluvr35SL 3 months ago
Mia Jensen files divorce papers and turns her husband in for embezzlement. To pay her back, her husband stabs her and leaves her for dead. Each of the following chapters show another version of Mia's life......one that she would have had if she had followed a different path. It really made me think about what I would do differently if I could have had a different outcome. It reminded me of those books I loved as a kid where you could pick a different ending each time. It was both thought-provoking and enjoyable.
CCinME 3 months ago
Wow! 'What If'' has always been the question we ask ourselves most often. This book answers those questions in an imaginative way and as it goes along you are able to reach conclusions about your own 'What Ifs". I cannot recommend this book enough. It is unique and clever and compulsively readable. As a huge fan of J.T. Ellison, this is another great one to add. There are chapters by many favored authors and some new ones to investigate.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Thank you Netgalley, the publisher and J.T. Ellison. This is the first Anthology I have read and absolutely loved it. The different choices we make in life which brings us to different results. Mia lives amazing life through different choices. I loved the ending. Thank you to all the wonderful authors who collaborate to this book. Highly recommend.
Annette5151 3 months ago
Interesting group of short stories. Most of them I really liked, there were a few that were just ok and there were several that I wanted them to go on. I wasn’t ready for those stories to end. Really good way to find new authors too . I enjoyed it!
3no7 3 months ago
“A Thousand Doors” is an anthology edited by J.T. Ellison , but it is unlike other anthologies one might have read. This one, of course, features stories by renowned suspense and thriller authors, however, “A Thousand Doors” features one woman, Mia, and many tell her story. These prominent authors all add a unique flavor to Mia’s narrative, creating an exceptional, inventive, and cohesive anthology. Anthologies are formulated for reading on the go since a reader can complete one whole story in a short period. “A Thousand Doors” follows this model but each author tells a story focused on the same main character allowing the separate selections to flow together. The stories are uniquely tied together and connected, even at the end, in way that gives the anthology the feel of a typical novel. Anthologies are well suited for on-the-go reading or for filling in the time while waiting for appointments, waiting to pick up children, or taking a long trip. “A Thousand Doors” is a complete reading package that all readers will enjoy. I was given a review copy of “A Thousand Doors” by J. T. Ellison, The Independent Book Publishers Association, and NetGalley. It is a group of compelling stories by a distinguished cast of writers. I recommend it to everyone, lovers of anthologies as well as readers of “traditional” books.
ThreesmomDC 4 months ago
In exchange for an ARC of this book, I agreed to give my honest and unbiased review. I commend J.T. Ellison and the other writers for undertaking the task of writing Mia's life stories. Each author's entry is as unique and different as the authors themselves. It made for a very adventurous read. On the day that Mia Jensen is killed by her husband, she begins an amazing journey into what if's, or past lives or life memories. Each life is so vastly different from the next. My favorite was her life as a homeless woman. My least favorite was her life as a seeker, but that was because I did not understand some of the terminology that was used as I have never studied yoga. The main thing that the lives have in common is that Mia does not seem to remain satisfied or content like a piece is missing. So what is the point of all this soul searching or traveling? Pick up the book and find out. Discover if Mia can make the right choice and find peace.
AdrianaB 4 months ago
I have never read an anthology, being pleasantly surprised by this book. It's about Mia Jensen and the millions of possibilities of her life if she had made different choices when the road of life reaches the crossroads. Every story is extraordinary, making you come into the lamb's skin, living her intense emotions. Amazing!
Loy3 4 months ago
This is an interesting book. The first chapter Mia is murdered. She has always thought her life was wasted. She should have done something else and been someone else. Each chapter is written by another writer. And each chapter Mia is living a different life. All have difficulties. Some of the chapters were very good, some were not. I thought the idea was very interesting and I really enjoyed the book. Good idea and glad I was chosen by Net Galley to read this book. Thank you!
lhill82125 4 months ago
There’s only one word that is perfect for this book and it is WOW! You get reading along and everything changes, then you adjust and it changes again! It does this all throughout the book and you haven’t a clue what’s going on. Then BAM it’s all revealed! Something I never expected! Great book, thanks J.T.
teachlz 4 months ago
J.T.Ellison , Author and Editor of "A Thousand Doors": An Anthology of Many Lives: has include a fantastic line-up of authors to write their short story of Mia. Just one decision and change of luck opens the door to a vast choice of alternatives for the character.I loved the different stories which each had the distinct flavor of each author. I would recommend this Anthology to readers who enjoy a unique, intriguing, intense concept of different choices and stories.
lauriesophee 4 months ago
"We are rarely ready to leave this world, but when the sameness rears its awful head, one may wonder, is it even worth it? The existential crisis that comes for us all at one point or another-- what is the point of this life?" An unhappy, bored young woman dies from a brutal attack. Does anyone care? Upon her death, Mia Jensen begins to see "what could have been" in her life had she chosen differently. Can Mia see the life lessons she is witnessing, throughout her journey to the other side? A brilliant idea created by J.T. Ellison, with chapters also written by different authors. I have read many books by these wonderful authors and the others others I will definitely be adding to my list. It adds an interesting spin on the tale woven in this book. This is definitely an eye opening novel and I truly enjoyed it!
MoniqueD 4 months ago
“What if” is a premise that calls to me like the song of the siren. A THOUSAND DOORS is a very daring enterprise as it has a head writer J.T. Ellison, if you will, along with a slew of guest contributors. Would Mia Jensen’s essence remain intact? Would it form a coherent whole? It does, except that I found that The Author by Kaira Rouda did not capture Mia’s spirit as well as the other ones did, and The Seeker by Paige Crutcher was a little too esoteric for me. The short stories are independent of each other, and can be read in any order, as they are standalones, apart from Ms. Ellison’s, which bracket the whole. I did read every story, which is unusual for me when anthologies are concerned, and I would give a solid four stars for the overall quality of the stories as well as the writing, with a few that were so terrific that my rating of five stars is justified; besides Ms. Ellison’s story is well worth five stars. A few stories really have the feel of the “what if” as pertaining to Mia, while others seem more independent of the theme. However I am pleased to say that Mia remained a tall, blue-eyed blonde throughout. Some offerings suffer the curse of the short story, that is a non-ending or where you have to draw your own conclusion. It would be too long to evaluate all the stories individually, so I will only mention a few that really stood out for me and why they were so special. The Happily Married Wife and Mother by Kimberly Belle is excellent. Rebecca Drake’s The Archaeologist is stunning – very detailed and the ambiance is fabulous, although I’m not sure I quite understood the ending. The Widow by Kate Moretti is fabulous, very clever, and is possibly the best “what if” of the lot. My favourite story was The Homeless Woman by Kerry Lonsdale, which is fantastic. It’s a very touching story that made me cry, and to do that with a short story is quite the achievement. J.T. Ellison opens and closes this collection with the bones of Mia Jensen’s story, and I wish she would have done the whole thing by herself. Ms. Ellison was a new author to me, and it was a revelation! Her writing is outstanding: stylish, literate, and with impeccable timing; she conveys tension and atmosphere spectacularly, and I am looking forward to reading anything by Ms. Ellison because I was totally awed. What a talent! Even though I read an advanced reader copy, the editing is stellar: in all those pages, I found exactly ONE typo, which is almost unheard of. If A THOUSAND DOORS was not precisely the sort of “what if” book I was hoping for, it is a wonderful read, a great opportunity to discover new authors, and do a bit of thinking on our own life as well.