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Northwest Passages: A Cascadian Anthology is a collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories that share a common thread of location in the Pacific Northwest. Many of these stories stand, independent of any genre, simply as good short fiction. The best of them are haunting stories that provoke a question in the reader's mind about what makes us human.
Most of the stories are quite wonderful, but a few annoy me a little bit. Louise Herring-Jones should consult an appropriate reference work about the difference between slugs and snails. And some of the authors clearly have limited personal knowledge of the parts of Oregon, Washington and Canada they are writing about. Doris Day's first film appearance was in 1948 - not 1940 as Jacques L. Condor would have it. But these are nits. Most of the stories are well-worth reading.
My personal favorites (in the order they appear in the book) are: Donna McMahon's "Feeding the Eagles," Mary E. Lowd's "Forget Me Not," Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon's "The Pulse of the Sea," Ruth Nestvold's "A Debt to Collect," Mercurio D. Rivera's "Rewind, Reply," Jacques L. Condor's "Them," John Kratman's "Nanuq," Krista Dietrich's "Sister's Story," and Eric Choi's "Plot Device."
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