I admit that I bought this short story compilation solely because it was written by Tanya Huff. I would read the back of a cereal box if she wrote the copy, she's that good. I usually hate short stories, they never delve deeply enough into the characters' psyches, and often leave me with an abrupt "Huh? That's the end?" feeling. February Thaw was different.
With a quick tongue in cheek humor, Huff sketches out the scenes and characters so you feel as though you know them, and you identify with them. Her characters are flawed, believeable , and likeable. The supernatural aspects of her stories flow naturally, and allow for an easy suspension of disbelief. Plus, I love that she adds little details such as a gay best friend, a Chinese-Canadian woman protagonist, and a fire elemental with a sassy attitude.
I just finished this book, and I can't remember the last time I laughed out lud at a book. If eel as though I just finished having a long cup of coffee with a great friend who was telling hilarious, wild, and clever stories. You should check this book out, it's really worth it.