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Posted May 22, 2012
I haven't had the greatest appettite for short fiction, but a friend recommended this collection, and I'm really grateful for it. I've seriously enjoyed this entire collection. There hasn't been a simgle story that I've felt any dissapointment with. They're all creative, in either basic premise or in the perspective on a familiar premise and the way theymake the characters available to the reader and extremely interesting.
Even those pieces which are in a genre or perspective I don't normally enjoy were interesting and fun to read. And there are a few pieces here that I'll definitely be coming back to read again.
All in all a really strong collection, full of solid storytelling and vibrant character work that makes the stories breathe and live. I strongly recommend this collection to anyone with an interest in fiction of any and all kinds.
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Posted September 3, 2012
This fine anthology has much to recommend. Warren Lapine has chosen the selections with care and good taste, assembling a gathering of literary delights to please fans of good stories, well told. A particular standout is "The Digital Eidolon That Fits in Your Pocket" by Trent Zelazny, about a grieving widower presented with an opportunity which wreaks havoc upon his heart and mind. It's an instant classic, provocative and heart-wrenching.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2012
This anthology runs the gamut of speculative fiction, and lovers of good short stories will be captivated. I liked all the stories in this anthology, but there were a few that I particularly enjoyed.
Harlan Ellison’s “A Tiny Man” is a brain twister of a tale that will take the average reader a few readings to fully grasp its meaning, and even then there are TWO endings. Classic Ellison.
“Steaming Into Wonderland” by Douglas Cohen is a steampunk tale that delivers an interesting take on “Alice In Wonderland” and is one of my favorite stories in the book. Though Cohen includes some current pop culture references, there are times when the tone of the story is very much in the tradition of Lewis Carrol. Another great read.
Edward J. McFadden’s “Starwisps” is another steampunk tale that reads like high fantasy, but is much more. Starwisps that give magic to a small percentage of the population is the underlying fantasy ingredient, but the steampunk elements are clever and original. McFadden writes with ease, and the story is refreshing and new. I hope McFadden writes more stories in the Starwisp universe.
Shariann Lewitt is a veteran SF writer whose chops are on full display in “Haircut.” This story is so well written that I really connected with the main character, and the choice she needed to make. Technology, and how far humans should take it, is the thrust of this tale. This is perhaps the best story in the book, though Starwisps and Steaming Into Wonderland are close seconds.
I also enjoyed the stories by Jay O’Connell, Mike Resnick, and Kelly McCullough.
Posted May 4, 2012
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