Theme anthologies are outstanding when the stories in them are strong in their own right. Editor Martindale has a worthy goal--celebrating characters who are neither Conan nor Barbarella but physically more like most Americans. That is, as the phrase has it, persons of size. Unfortunately, only a few of these dozen stories stand out. Unsurprisingly, those few are by such established writers as Gene Wolfe, Jody Lynn Nye, and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Wolfe contributes a tale of magic, Nazis, and a mysterious Austrian innkeeper; a sly story of elephants and actors is Nye's offering; and Scarborough delivers the witty and wise fairy tale of a princess who finds that a weighty curse has hidden benefits. The other stories are mostly unpolished and unimaginative. Only thoroughgoing collections and those with patrons who would be grabbed by the theme ought to add the book. Roberta JohnsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
From the Author
Why fat people? Why NOT! The one question I've gotten more than any other regarding _Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power and Abundance_ is, "Why fat people?" The short answer is "Why not?" The long answer involves being a fat kid who grew up wondering why none of the heroines ever looked like her, who grew up to be a fat writer and editor who wanted to do something about that.
Heroes and heroines come in all sizes. As a writer of SF&F, I've been proud to add a few from the upper end of the size diversity spectrum to the body of short speculative fiction. Now, as editor of ths work, I'm proud to present stories by such writers as Gene Wolfe, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Jody Lynn Nye and others that tell those tales and more.
These are stories of people whose worth is, most definitely, not inversely proportional to their waistlines. They're big in size as well as courage, wit and all those other qualities associated with heroes. Science fiction, fantasy and horror featuring characters who get it done, not "when they lose weight", but now and "as is."
This is a book for readers who always wanted to see characters who looked like them and readers with the imagination to appreciate characters outside the current mold.
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