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Start the Rune Witch series today! Tales from the Red Caboose. A linked collection of five train stories, each of which goes off the rails just enough to make the SF reader want to come along for the ride. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers. Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon.
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It raises the question of how our creations embody our own conflicts. Kingfisher takes a fairytale trope and places it in a realistic context, to good effect. Jones addresses the suppression of women's stories via a girl who finds herself time travelling to other lives at random moments. Despite the detached present-tense narration and very little dialog, it manages to be moving. It's otherwise well done. Even knowing how it turns out, the suspense and creeping horror are powerful.
Malik didn't completely work for me somehow. It's another science-fact-intro-snippet story, and the fiction part was a bit of a miss for me. A couple of homonym errors "steppes" for "steps" and "leeched" for "leached" didn't help. Completely different from the other Bear story in this collection, but with the same emotional depth and insight into toxic relationships.
Miller has the kind of broken-down-hopeless-existence setting that I usually avoid, but is well depicted and well imagined. The premise is that the rich are using the poor as nodes in a living server farm. I didn't feel the ending was as well prepared for as it could have been. Because it wasn't a single coherent story, it lost some impact for me, but it was interesting. The translator, Ken Liu, made a few copy editing errors along the way, including a comma splice.
This one I didn't reread, because I found it too harrowing the first time. It's very good; I just didn't want to repeat the intensity of the experience.
It's always refreshing to see the Cthulhu Mythos treated in a way that doesn't require overwrought prose, and really this story uses the Mythos as a background to explore themes of oppression and collaboration. Pulls off the difficult feat of creating a sympathetic character who never actually does the right thing. The setting is wonderfully strange. However, if you don't think too hard about that, the story is a good one. Maybe the SF stories of the ''Golden Age'' really weren't that golden: I think the more modern stories are much better.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 05, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: I very much enjoyed and admired the first Long List Anthology, and this one is also filled with good stories, the cream of current short SFF.
I didn't think it was quite as good as last year's, though. Not a lot more to it than that, as far as I could see. Thoughtful reflections on the work and worldview of Alice Sheldon. Although on the one hand the text sometimes seems wordy and trivial, it nevertheless needs all of that to contrast with the understated compassion and kindness of the narrator, doing the best she can with what she has and taking care of other people's children. Excellent execution and a fine heart. Excellent twist ending, too. Bear's stories are usually big winners for me, but I didn't enjoy this as much as the two she had in the previous Long List Anthology.
That's not to say it isn't still good; I just didn't find the protagonist as interesting this time. Uses "break camp" when it means "make camp" and has a couple of typos, plus a continuity error which is explained if "my age or younger" is read as a mistake for "my age or older". I haven't, in the past, been much of a fan of Valente; when she opened this one with "I don't know what stories are anymore" I mentally agreed with her regarding her lack of knowledge in this area, and by the time I got to "chock full of gadgets and nonsense from parts unknown" I was still thinking it was an apt description of what I was reading.
But it grew on me, gaining coherence slowly, and finally coming to mean something. Something not especially profound, and vastly overdecorated with nonsense for my taste, but something. It didn't, in other words, speak to me. One of those cases of "if the shoe don't fit, it ain't your shoe". What I really didn't like, though, were the repeated scenes of awful suffering, acknowledged to be awful, awful to the viewpoint character, and not, as far as I could see, there to do anything except be awful.
Pedro Enguita rated it really liked it Dec 20, One of the stories is essentially a western, one features caricatures of English landed gentry, and one is basically medieval fantasy, complete with dragons. Dickson's is something of an evolutionary thriller, with military elements, and an improbable schwerpunkt. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The third is a mutant who isn't part of any guild — practically everyone is part of some guild which protects the interests of its members. Science fiction really wasn't for kids back then Mor rated it really liked it Sep 25,
A couple of misplaced apostrophes, too, and "scrupled" used to mean its opposite, which is odd given the general excellent command of language. Jul 05, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: Today I am Paul: The women you didn't see: A non-fiction letter to Tiptree Jr. Tuesdays with Molakesh the Desroyer: Did not care for this one. Three Cups of Grief, By Starlight: About a woman having vivid 'flashbacks'. Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers: A pandemic as told through a food blog.
Cthulhu Mythos in which a watching-type witch tries to discover the fell lord's bride. Did not care for it. Grandmother-nay-Leylit's Cloth of Winds: Another word for world: About the perils of improper translation. Long Goodnight of Violet Wild: Our Lady of the Open Road: A grandson investigates his grandfather's stories of the "Mughal princess" who sold tea. I am biased against the kinds of third acts we see here, but it was lovely up until then.
The Sorceror of the Wildeeps: An African diaspora tale, in a world where the diaspora didn't happen, set in a fictional world that honestly reminded me vaguely of The Book of the New Sun. Mostly works well, although sometimes the prose seems to miss its mark.