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  • Series: Daw Book Collectors
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756407001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407001
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In 1995 Martin H. Greenberg was honored by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and is the president of TEKNO books. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rover on January 9, 2012
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Human for a Day is a theme anthology that covers various beings becoming human, corporeal, incarnate, animate, or mortal for a limited period of time. The topics range from statues made animate to vampires swapping bodies with teenagers to steampunk machines gaining free will. There are also two stories about pets becoming humans, in case you wanted to revisit the old saw. The stories are almost universally good, with a nice editing job, excellent length, and reasonable accessibility (though the story about the warrior through time and the story about the Mad Hatter running around with Shakespeare both take some work).

Perhaps because of the season, "The Very Next Day," when Jody Lynn Nye's incarnation of Santa Claus visits New York City in September, sticks in my head as one of the more pleasant and re-visitable stories. Seanan McGuire's "Cinderella City" was cute and fun in a rum-soaked San Francisco sort of way. "The Dog-Catcher's Song" was so straight up (and sad) that I had to go back and check that it really was Tanith Lee. I am aware that Jim Hines is working on a book where objects can be pulled from the story and made real, so "Epilogue" felt very homey and sad, rather than immediately casting me into despair.

It's only as I work on my reflections about the book that the stunning horror of the last story is setting in. I don't know what it is with authors trying to end anthologies on such a downward beat, but like the book Running with the Pack, I'm sorry to say that some of the gruesome aspects in books stick harder when one of the stories sets up a death that I can empathetically feel and cannot disbelieve. The book is somehow diminished in my mind, because the shadows loom larger than the characters. And so it is with specific regret that this book - as well crafted as it is - is being tossed into my giveaway pile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.M Donovan on January 4, 2012
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This collection examines what it means to be human, with all the hope and heartbreak this entails.
From robot slavery (complete with an underground railroad) to how do you spend your final hours when trapped and you know you will die?
Like any really good story, these take the basic premise and expand upon the theme.
This volume is filled with tales that manage to take the step further.
Martin H. Greenburg will be sorely missed, this anthology adds to an impressive legacy.
© Night Owl Reviews
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cissa on October 30, 2012
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One of the reasons I like reading anthologies is because i will often find short stories from authors I like, in which they are more experimental than they may be in their novels.

This is a good example.

I don't think there was a weak story in this anthology... but some were definitely better than others.

In particular, Rusch's "The Destroyer" blew me away, and just itself made this book a keeper for me. I love cats, and 2 of my current 3 are ex-ferals that we rescued and that are still somewhat feral in their reactions. This story showed a deep understanding of cats, inasmuch as us humans can manage that, and it was grim but satisfying.

Also, Hine's "Epilog" really touched me deeply.

Not to say the rest were bad! They were well-written and great reads, which makes this one of the better anthologies I've read recently.
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Human for a Day is an anthology edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Jennifer Brozek. Each story tackles a different aspect of the question: what if something could become human for just one day? How would that affect them and those around them? What would happen? Each author has a very different tale to tell, and the range is quite interesting. I’ll delve into a few of the more memorable tales, although I’ll do my best to avoid spoilers.

Cinderella City by Seanan McGuire: The city of San Francisco has been incarnated as a human without her permission or understanding. It’s up to a strange bartender and the Summer King to unravel the mystery and save her from an alchemist’s dastardly machinations. My favorite part is the attraction of the various animals of the city to her incarnated form. In particular, the pigeons that follow her everywhere. Cinderella is clever, fun, and entertaining.

Tumulus by Anton Strout: Normally I’m a real fan of Strout’s stories, but this one left me a little cold. In it, Jeanine, who has been unable to conceive a child, decides to call on a very unlikely source of power for aid. I found the story too thick with detailed explanations, and had trouble believing in Jeanine’s justification for her particular choice of power to call upon.

The Sentry by Fiona Patton: I found the beginning confusing, but the rest of the story was so evocative and compelling that I could forgive that. A statue of a military sentry comes to life, and sets off to help a fellow soldier finally let go and move onward. It turns out that the sentry himself, however, has some of his own realizations to come to.
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