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Posted October 5, 2011
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I'm a big fan of Snyder's Jessie Shimmer series, which is often considered by readers more horror than urban fantasy. I expected much the same going into Sparks and Shadows. But instead of a rich, dark collection of horror I found Sparks and Shadows to contain Snyder's other trademark, sexy, playful stories, that just happen to be science fiction, fantasy or horror. There are poems, fantasy, horror and science fiction stories bound together on these pages, most of which, despite the terror or pain the characters go through, left me smiling.
Sparks and Shadows is a great read, particularly for those who love dark humor, or readers who love seeing writers play with all manner of storytelling tools, from regional mythos to genre. And of course, it's a must have for Snyder completeists, or even Jessie shimmer fans as it contains side stories from Snyder's dark, demon-ridden world. Sparks and Shadows is definitely an excellent read for fans of the fantastic dark.