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Bit of a parson's nose...
on 25 July 2012
I, like others, bought this book specifically for the Diana Gabaldon short story. That was brilliant, so I definitely got my money's worth.
The rest of the book. Hmmmm. Well, at best I would say that it's 'variable'. There are some very well-written short stories in there. Some interesting ideas, and some that have made me think. Some that have taken me along for the ride, and been absorbing and compulsive. But *some* of them are trite, predictable or just so clichéd in their genre that I couldn't bear to read more than the first page.
So, IMO, this is a book to cherry pick through. Take what you like, and leave the rest. Chances are that other people will like the stories that I found unreadable - tastes differ.
Ah. And one final thing. The book LOOKS cheaply produced. The narrow margins and paper quality make me think that this book has been produced on a shoestring: cram as many words as possible onto each page, then have very narrow trims on the pages to cut down on paper. Not a good look.