This debut collection from Nebula-nominated author Beth Cato brings together works that span history and space, a showcase of vividly imagined speculative stories that range from introspective and intense to outright whimsical. Here you’ll find the souls of horses bonded into war machines of earth and air, toilet gnomes on the rampage, magical pies, a mad scientist mother, a bitter old man who rages against giant extraterrestrial robots, and a sentient house that longs to be a home. The book features 28 stories and 6 poems, and includes Cato’s acclaimed story “The Souls of Horses.”
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I was given and advance reading copy of this anthology over the summer and just loved it. For the record, I do know Beth; however, if you know me, you know I only put my name/review on books that I love. This is one such book: With Ray Bradbury's poignant charm, Beth Davis Cato explores the resilience of the soul in this versatile collection of stories. Interspersed with haunting poetry, tales of Steampunk horses, a sole survivor drifting in space, colonies on Mars, and toilet gnomes are just a few of the delights you'll find in Red Dust and Dancing Horses. Using science fiction and fantasy as her springboard, Cato delves into familiar themes of family--both those we are born into and those that choose us--to reaffirm the notion that what makes us truly human is our empathy toward one another. And story by story, she shows us powerful women: mothers, daughters, and granddaughters as they navigate life's dangers with courage and fortitude. It's a vibrant collection you don't want to miss.