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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"The word mutant carries different connotations depending upon the point of view of the person who hears it," Helfers (Star Colonies) notes in his introduction. Unfortunately, the title of this well-balanced anthology of 16 short stories may mislead readers. Indeed, freaky alien beings and comic book characters are in short supply here. Rather, these tales (which are written by the likes of Alan Dean Foster, Charles de Lint and Michelle West) draw readers into the worlds of everyday people who possess extraordinary powers: a Native American Indian who hits the jackpot on slot machines because he can smell the flow of electrons; a lithograph salesman whose ability to read people's minds is both a blessing and a curse; a newlywed wife who finds herself trapped in a New England version of Brigadoon; and a meteorologist who can control the weather through his moods. Elements of SF, horror and even fantasy are woven throughout these stories, making them appealing to fans of all three genres. Even though a few entries depict mutants that have the same bizarre physical abilities, these characters are drawn so eloquently and sympathetically that it's difficult not to feel an affinity for each of them. (Aug. 7) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
From Charles de Lint's tale of a young man whose ability to hear thoughts proves both a blessing and a curse (Freak) to Jody Lynn Nye's story of mutants exiled from a hostile earth ( Rite of Passage), the 16 original tales in this collection examine the plight of individuals born with psychic powers and strange talents. Contributions from Tanya Huff, Janet Berliner, Alan Dean Foster, and other sf and fantasy veterans ensure a strong and varied anthology that belongs in most sf collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756400040
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin H. Greenberg was honored in 1995 by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and is the president of TEKNO books. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent collection

    As noted by the editors in their introduction, this book is not a story about the X-Men. Instead this sixteen-story collection contains tales about regular people with uncommon extra abilities usually in normal settings. Poor choice in title aside, each contribution is well written and remain inside the basic theme. Though the story lines are all entertaining, the key to THE MUTANT FILES is its characters, who amazingly seem like real people though the tales are short and the powers are uncommon. Superb anthology worth reading by the X-Men crowd and especially by those science fiction-horror fans who relish well written tales about normal people with an unusual power usually occurring in a common milieu. This is extraordinary entertainment. <P>Harriet Klausner

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