Cosmic Cocktails Mass Market Paperback – 5 Dec 2006
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The fifteen stories are
** Drink, Drank, Drunk by Loren L. Coleman
** With Unconfined Wings by Sarah A. Hoyt
** Rachel by Steven Mohan, Jr.
** Crossing the road by Phaedra M. Weldon
** I'm Not Ashamed by Greg Beatty
** Favio deMarco by Michael Hiebert
** A Union Against All Odds by David DeLee
** Fortin's Revenge by Lousia M. Swann
** Hanged Man by Leslie Claire Walker
** 2 Drops of Heaven by Dan C. Duval
** Everyone Stops at Boston's by Allan Rousselle
** Spot-Man's Chest by Daniel M. Hoyt
** God Uses a Dishrag by Peter Orullian
** The Hyperbole Engine by Michael Hiebert
** The Galaxy's Most Wanted by Annie Reed
The three stories that stand out the most to me are Drink, Drank, Drunk which is one of the most innovative stories in the volume, a fasinating tale of codependence and alcholicsm. I'm Not Ashamed is Spartacus with a new flare, mixed heavily with Indepence Day. Lastly, Everyone Stops in Boston is a formula story, but formula stories exist because they work. The ending of this was sublime enough to make me smile.
The rest of the stories aren't bad at all. I normally do not go out of my way to read Science Fiction, but I enjoyed this, so you can enjoy it without being a sci-fi fan. On the other hand, nothing in here is "Hard" Sci-fi, so if that's your interest, you might be disappointed.
Over all this is a great offering from DAW and a solid addition to your anthology library.
There are a couple stories I liked without reservation, and most of the others had fun, even thought-provoking ideas that needed sharpening and polishing.
Several had the kind of mistakes that ought to be caught by a writer's group. Particularly glaring were the two stories that had awkward point-of-view shifts. One story was written entirely in first-person - except for a single paragraph in the middle that suddenly shifts to third-person for no reason.
Despite coming out from a major publisher, the book felt like it had never been looked at by an editor, copy-editor or proofreader.
I've spent a lot of time in bars and I always enjoy stories about them. So I really looked forward to reading this. The first story is by far the best story. 'Drink, Drank, Drunk' sets a very high bar. In fact its too high. There are a few more good stories but if you just read the first story you will get your moneys worth.