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Pandora's Closet Mass Market Paperback – August 7, 2007
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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.
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.Read more ›
Recommended for the completist or if you're a fan of this particular subject, but otherwise a limited interest item.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another collection of short stories where again, some are good though most are just ok. If you got time to burn, burn through this otherwise you can skip it.Published on February 21, 2009 by D. Nguyen
Most people have heard a little about the Greek Myth of Pandora's box. Pandora was entrusted with a box which she was told by Zeus (King of the Gods), not to open. Read morePublished on June 6, 2008 by Sunny Skies