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Pandora's Closet Mass Market Paperback – August 7, 2007

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When Pandora's box was opened, all the evils of the world escaped. Only hope was left. The lady also had a closet, it seems, filled with strange shoes, jewelry, and garments, some useful, some beautiful, and others best not touched. Nineteen writers give us stories about some of the items stored in it, such as the Rhinegold, the accursed gold ring that generates wealth (Timothy Zahn's "The Ring"); Dorothy Gale's (i.e., the Wicked Witch of the East's) ruby slippers (Louise Marley's "Technicolor"); a direly inspirational outer garment (Joe Masdon's "Jack's Mantle"); and 16 other magical items of adornment—and the costs of wearing them. Of generally high quality, the stories are most impressive for their variety. They do, however, rather induce the urge to clean one's closet and squelch the impulse to browse garage sales. Murray, Frieda

About the Author

Martin H. Greenberg���was honored in 1995 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.

Jean Rabe���is a fantasy and SF writer who sometimes dabbles in military fiction and myserties. She's an avid reader who has far too many books to fit on her bookshelves, and she resides in a tiny town in Illinois with her husband, three dogs, an obnoxious parrot, and an assortment of tropical fish. She can be found at jeanrabe.com.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756404371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756404376
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,782,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I LOVE this book! In fact, it is in the reading room [our bathroom] at the moment, and I have just finished it for the second, third, or fourth time.

Pandora's Closet is a collection of short stories that are very interesting, to say the least. The book is sub-titled '19 brand-new stories that take the Pandora legend to a whole new level.' Each of the stories is written by a different fantasy writer.

Two of my favourites are 'Technicolor' by Louise Marley, which is a re-telling, of a sorts, of The Wizard of Oz's Dorothy. I would say more about this one, but I don't want to ruin the story for anyone. You'll just have to get the book and read it!

My other favourite story is 'The Travails of Princess Stephen' by Jane Lindskold and is about an extraordinary wedding dress.

The book is a delight, which is why I keep going back to it.
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Pandora's Closet is an interesting theme anthology that explores clothing and accessories which have some significance or enchantment that changes the fate of the possessor. The stories range from the probable to the fantastic, and together they weave an eclectic, yet marvelous tapestry of tales. It is a very evenly made anthology in that there seems to be stories for everyone's tastes. "Jack's Mantle" by Joe Madson is so blood chilling I had goose bumps for over an hour, and "The Travails of Princess Stephen" by Jane Lindskold is a modern fairy tale that soft and sweet. "What Quig Found" by Chris Pierson had me smiling and cheering out loud, and turned out to be my favorite story of the book.

A complete list of the stories is: **The Ring by Timothy Zahn **What Quig Found by Chris Pierson **Technicolor by Louise Marley **Loin Cloth by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moestra **Seamless by Michael A. Stackpole **Ancestral Armor by John Helphers **The Opposite of Solid by Linda P. Baker **The Travails of Princess Stephen by Jane Lindskold **The Lady in Red by A.M. Strout **Another Exciting Adventure of Lightning Merriemouse-Jones: A Touching Ghost Story by Belle Holder and Nancy Holder **Revolution: Number 9 by Judi Rohrig **Curosry Review by Donald J, Bingle **Jack's Mantle by Joe Madson **Irrestible by Yvonne Coats **Seebohm's Cap by Peter Schweighofer **Cake and Candy by Kelly Swails **A Clean Getaway by Keith R.A. DeCandido **Off the Rack by Elizabeth A. Vaughn **The Red Shoes by Sarah Zettle

All in all, the quality of the stories is consistently good with only a few, short exceptions. The stories keep you turning pages without knowing if your story will be chilling, sweet, funny, or thoughtful.
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A big fan of fantasy and science fiction collections, I definitely found this one to be a bit mixed. There are a bunch of stories here--20 I think--but I found them very uneven. I found myself skipping approximately every other one in search of something that worked better for me. Of course that's a strength of this particular format--in any collection it's easy to move on to the next one if a given story doesn't work for you.

Recommended for the completist or if you're a fan of this particular subject, but otherwise a limited interest item.
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This anthology collects 19 stories from various authors -- some famous, some I never heard of -- that take the idea of Pandora and capture items from various places - some items magical, some terrifying, some fun -- and mix the characters' ideas, societies and sometimes shocking sensibilities as pertain to these items.

You can find a complete list elsewhere, but the following are what grabbed me (as with any anthology, some just didn't make the cut):

Timothy Zahn, best known for his Star Wars novels, wrote The Ring, an item found in a pawn shop that actually feeds off a broke stocktrader and immediately makes him extremely wealthy -- as long as he stays greedy -- but is saved by his lady love.

Louise Maley's "Technicolor" was a fascinating peek at Dorothy from Oz, now a degraded middle-aged woman in Kansas, who longs for her ruby slippers.

The best one was about a magical wedding dress, handed down the generations, that made their wearer's beautiful and stunning. But what would it do to a cross-dresser?? Here's a guy who has always loved cross-dressing. One day he needed a job and they were particularly wanting a female employee, so he dressed up as one! Surprisingly, someone fell in love with him. How will he admit to his fiance that Stephanie is really Stephen? Oh my! The twist ending was a lot of fun. [The Travails of Princess Stephen by Jane Lindskold.]

The stories I did not like were either political or created worlds that were so secondary to plot that they did not make a lot of sense. A mouse during World War II fighting against Adolph and his Ratzi's? Sounds cute but it wasn't. Or a pair of John Lennon's glasses in an apocalyptic future and its affect on a spy -- droll.
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