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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Books (23 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607013614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607013617
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Here's the thing about anthologies, and about attempts to review, describe or comment on anthologies - well intentioned blurbers and reviewers give you one sentence summaries of the most remarkable stories, or even of each story. Depending on whether they liked the collection or disliked the collection they can easily make each story sound fascinating or tedious and derivative. The summaries are helpful, of course, and can be tasty come-ons, but it's hard to gauge exactly what you're getting into.

The task is easier here, because the multiple award winning story "Tideline" is so good that it justifies the purchase of the book, and so everything else is just gravy.

Elizabeth Bear is a fine writer; you will not find fault with her technique or her skills. More problemattic is her choice of subjects and themes, and the treatment she gives some fairly old-school topics, (mind control, robot rights, racial equality, genetic engineering). All of her stories are worth reading; some of them you will find particularly rewarding. None of them will disappoint.

Bear has already created an estimable body of work. If you aren't familiar with her this collection is a fine and fairly representative sampler. Think of it as a tasting menu and you won't be disappointed.

Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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I can't remember the last short story collection I read that was as strong as this one. Every story is a unique gem. I'm terrible at not finishing short story collections but I read this one from beginning to end without interruption. The stories range from epic fantasy to modern science fiction, not neglecting urban fantasy on the way. A fine collection of award-winning tales from a masterful storyteller. Heartily recommended.
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This is a collection of short stories which I suppose could be grouped together as 'fantasy' except there are detective stories and stories about relationships, and discovery - a fascinating demonstration of the writer's craft. As I've said before I don't normally read the fantasy genre but I am happy to make an exception for Elizabeth Bear and a couple of others.
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