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    Nice mix of stories!

    I liked this book even if it wasn't my favorite. I felt like I was reading this book forever. That has more to do with how I tend to read short story collections than the writing contained in these stories. A collection like this one that contains over 20 stories has a lot of natural stopping points and I do tend to stop after finishing a story. I do think that this was a great way to see how Seanan McGuire's versatility. This collection had a little bit of everything. If you are looking for a mermaid story, you will find it. A story about a little girl and the world's last tuna? It is here. There is a haunted house story, a story set in Neverland and another in Oz. There is even a story about a war with toys and another about a very special dollmaker. The writing was as varied as the stories. There was a story that was writing as a series of tweets, another as a series of office memos, and another as a crowdfunding proposal. As is the case with most short story collections, I found myself enjoying some stories a lot more than others. There were some stories that I didn't care for much at all, some I loved, some I thought were okay, and a few that just confused me. I am easily confused so that doesn't really mean much. I would recommend this book. I think that this was an overall enjoyable collection with some pretty outstanding stories. I haven't read a lot of Seanan McGuire's work but I do plan to read more in the near future. I received a digital review copy of this book from Subterranean Press via NetGalley.
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    Excellwnt short form fiction

    This was a great collection of shorter fiction by one of my favourite authors. In most anthologies, there are stronger and weaker stories as well as those which suit your taste more or less. However I don't think there was a weak story here at all. Some engaged me more than others; some blew me right out of the water whilst others worked on my mind quietly in the wee small hours, but all of them were skilfully crafted and McGuire has clearly taken the opportunity over the years to play with the form and experiment. There are recurring themes - friendship, family, human arrogance and indifference, children learning to actualise themselves and become authors of their own fate etc - which she also explores in her long form fiction. I don't think this is ever repetitive however. There's always a new slant of light on an idea the author has held for some time, a peeling back of layers that forces you to examine things anew. Favourites include Thrednody for little girl at the end of the world with Tuna and Emeralds to Emeralds dust to dust.
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    A great overview of what this writer can do in this format. Buy all her books!

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