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Coyote Ugly: and other tales Paperback – October 11, 2012
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About the Author
Pati Nagle was born and raised in the mountains of northern New Mexico. An avid student of music, history, and humans in general, she loves the outdoors but hides from the sun. Her stories have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Cicada, Cricket, and in various anthologies, including collections honoring New Mexico writers Jack Williamson and Roger Zelazny. Her short story "Coyote Ugly" received an honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and was honored as a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award. She has written a series of historical novels as P.G. Nagle. She still lives in the mountains in New Mexico, with her husband and lots of wildlife.
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It is hard to categorize the stories in this book - some are romances, some are fantasy, some are science fiction, some are historical...most are a mesh of one or more genres. Elves, gods, vampires, talking cats, scientists, FBI agents, medieval Italian damsels, soldiers, rebels and Yanks, space stations ...there are even a couple of recipes included. I liked the artwork that was coupled with each story, but as I read the book on my Kindle, I wonder if they were in color or not (I went back and downloaded the pdf of the story and discovered that yes, indeed, they are in color!). Most of the stories were well-edited, compact nuggets of story that almost felt like the beginning of something larger, as though the author was trying out some ideas within various larger worlds. Each of the stories reflected a definite voice and character, and I enjoyed them, but the looseness of the collection makes the book somewhat easy to put down. However, the anticipation of the unknown is also quite a draw.
My one big complaint is that in the third story, The Cygnius sedonai Caper, the feline characters just did not read as anything other than human.
I would recommend this book for anyone who likes something that is new, wistful and evocative.
I received a free review copy of this book through LibraryThing.com.