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This review is from: Etched Deep & Other Dark Impressions (Kindle Edition)
Most short story collections are really hit and miss, but David Niall Wilson's "Etched Deep..." hits far more than it misses. The stories are all well thought out and have none of the constantly appearing, overused tropes that so many collections have. My favorite was "Moving On" - not because it's the strongest story in the book (plenty of others, like "One Off From the Prime", are just as good) - but because it actually shows that Wilson stands out from the crowd. It's a post-apocalyptic story that instantly feels different, with much more personal themes than most of the PA stories swarming around out there.
The entire collection is like that, really. All the stories are unique and different than the norm and - best of all - they're well written. There are a couple that didn't work as well for me, but I've found that that's to be expected in any collection. I understand that Mr. Wilson won the Stoker a few years ago, and his writing in this collection shows why. To put it plainly, this is one of the best single author collections I've ever read.