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When I started reading I did not remember the name Gini Koch was writing under. As I read the stories I tried to decide which one she wrote. Some were easy to eliminate. Two were by a team of writers; several were by men, one by Jody Lynn Nye, one of Kristine Kathryn Rusch. That still left several possibilities. I finally decided it must by Wanted by Anita Ensal. When I went to Gini's web page I found that I had chosen correctly.
There is a lot of really good writing and story telling in Love and Rockets. There is never enough SFR out there. Love and Rockets is full of good stories and is a great choice for SFR fans.
Basically, the majority of the thirteen stories follow the scheme "girl meets handsome guy/boy meets gorgeous girl/they fell in love/they go to bed/they live happily ever after". There are only four stories different and more ambitious, but somehow I found three of them also the least appealing, mostly because they are really weird ("Gateway night" and "Women who ate stone squid") or somehow depressing ("Second shift"). On another hand, "Old times sake" is possibly the best story in the collection.
The nine remaining texts are a nice lecture, especially if you feel a little bit down or tired and in need of a soothing, gentle and easy reading. To my personal taste, in this group the story which is absolutely the best is "Dance of life", a very well written tale about an alien prince who must watch, heartbroken, as his own brother marries the woman (or rather female) he loves like since always. He will however quickly discover that Cinderella just arrived at the wedding reception... On another hand, "Business of love" is probably the weakest story in this category, with a rather stupid ending.
Bottom line, do not expect major science fiction works in this book, but it is a nice and pleasant thing - and also a good idea for a gift to your girlfriend, especially if she hates SF. Who knows, may be with this collection she will begin to see the light?
I have a favorite. Don Bingle's took me by surprise. Engagingly told, with characters reminiscent of my high school and college days, I didn't see the end coming. Well done! I recommend buying this collection.