Have you ever awakened from a deep sleep - generally late in the afternoon - and, while your brain is still malleable and prone to suggestion, combined two completely unrelated notions in a way that just makes perfect sense in the moment? "Wouldn't it just be SO interesting if instead of happening then and there . . . " While most of us just enjoy our groggy cleverness for a few fleeting seconds, then promptly forget about it, I imagine Gerri Leen keeps a notebook next to her bed (and uses it)! These stories are very imaginative, are well-paced, and contain dialogue so natural and effortless it is clear that she has served her time at the kitchen table, mastering her art by writing and writing and writing. Indeed, upon flipping though the book, one might easily mistake it for an anthology of "Best of" fiction from a dozen very talented writers; but it's all her. Weaving effortlessly from the historical to the mythological, contemporary to ancient, terrestrial to extra-terrestrial, Leen delivers a solid collection of stories that will sustain and enlighten her audience though many readings and re-readings.