'Dark Stars: The Year's Best Science Fiction Short Stories" (published Dec. 2012) is a anthology of short sci-fi work form various authors. This Kindle e-book was approximately 117 printed pages and sold for $2.99 at the time of writing this review.
Please Note: the author(s) provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Some thoughts on "Dark Stars"...
16 different stories from 16 different authors make up this collection of small tales. They are set in locations as near to home as Earth and as far away as on some starship on the edge of some remote and unknown galaxy.
As a whole the stories were well written and superbly edited making for an easy read in every case.
An eclectic mix... something for everyone. One story might fill a reader's need better than maybe the next one, but that is the great thing about an anthology, the stories are predictably unpredictable. They vary in topic and scope according to the whims, preferences and ideas of the authors on the day they were written.
Keep in mind, because they are 'short stories' and especially because they're of the sci-fi genre, the authors must start working towards the surprising ending almost from the get-go. Not a whole lot of time for character building or side plots. And with those thoughts in mind I can honestly state that there were many tales here that I really liked and one or two that kind of left me flat. Some endings I could predict but a couple were a total surprise... but that's about what I'd expect if I'd picked 16 short stories at random. Mission accomplished from my point of view.
A quality collection of sci-fi short stories at a very reasonable price.
As it is... 4 1/2 Stars.