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The Monster's corner Edited by the great (to me) Christopher Golden isn't much different but I admit it was a little better than many anthologies I've come across.
There were a few spits and stutters along the way.
Succumb by John Mcllveen was a rather pointless sex story. Big Man by David Moody was really just the old 50's shlock film the colossal Man.and The Other One by Michael Marshall Smith, While Being a decent story didnt really belong in this collection.
Some of the High points for me Were the First Story The Awkward Age by David Liss which I thought I'd hate at first but hooked me by the end. Wicked Be by Heather Graham really Surprised me in a good way. I really felt there was a good Who's Really the monster here? question going here and I put this near the top for me. Specimen 313 by Jeff Strand was amusing as a wink to Little shop of Horror's. Less of a Girl was a gory and very short little brain worm that may make you look around your little girls room a little better. Jesus and Stan go Jogging in the Desert by Simon R Green was a great little read despite my personal beliefs this was a good story and shouldn't offend many on either side of the belief system despite the title.
As Far as others go Torn Stitches and Shattered Glass By Kevin J Anderson was a fabulously written extension of the Frankenstein Story but my dislike of the subject matter was the problem for me but still a Great Story. I also thought Rakshasi by Kelley Armstrong would be a Great Novel or series it being short actually lessened It's Effect.
So overall if you are a monster and horror fan I can recommend this book as being worth a try even if you have to deal with a couple stories that don't shine as brightly
A few stories just kept this anthology in the middle of the road by being semi-interesting, well-told tales that had me wondering if I had wasted my time by finishing them: Big Man, The Cruel Thief . . . , Wicked Be, etc.
I expected the anthology to go deeply into the heads of the monstrous and fight for their points of view, their agendas, their disturbing lifestyles; but instead this book is really just a collection of weird and semi-fantastical tales.
The stories that do the monsters justice are worth reading. No question. But the mediocre stories are also written well and set a tone that starts to label the book "boring."
Even the stupidest and most annoying stories are written well, but they truly drag this anthology down. I do not think a book about monsters should include comedies like Green's and Braunbeck's tales. Although, I will say that Braunbeck's comedic tale seemed like a creative info dump at one point in which he just keeps positing weird ideas and scenarios nonstop. Well-written, but kind of like reading a writer's unfinished notes.
Not worth full price. If you can get it super cheap, go for it. This book is not as good as other anthologies such as John Skipp's monster anthologies or Otto Penzler's Vampire Archive or some of the Mammoth Book of . . . series of anthologies. Check them out, if you dig monsters.
Hope this helps. :)
Now when I started the book we are given an introduction by Christopher Golden on what he wanted out of this book. He wanted the stories told by the monsters point of view not the humans which I got. He didn't want the normal vampires and zombies that are always told he wanted something different and I was digging that. Then I started reading. Normally I can finish a book within a day or two maybe three days but this one took me almost a full week. Not sure if it was because I was not getting into the short stories or if it was because I have had things to do but it is like I have had to force myself to read it. Now it is far from scary or horror like I thought. Each story is different and unique in its own way and the characters are ones you can either like or not like. There were a few stories I did enjoy and they pulled me in rather quickly.
1. Torn Stitches, Shattered Glass it was a remake of Frankenstein, but done in a good way.
2.) Big Man. This one was one of those awww I felt sorry for the dude. I mean he becomes this giant and what got me was the ending of the story when he is holding his son and listening to him talk.
3. Less of a girl. Oh my let me just say I will never look at an eyeball different again. It was very descriptive and was right up my alley.
Overall a good book that I believe most will enjoy was it something that I really loved no. Would I read more books like this probably so in the back of the book I did see a book called The New Dead and it looks like it could be a good book to read.
I wasn't sure how to rate it I was torn between a three and a four and decided I should go with a four even though this book wasn't what I was expecting.