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As far as originality of concept, there were two stories that really stood out. The one that really blew me away was "The Ground Beneath" by CK Hugo Chung. When a man's brother dies, his nagging guilt and regret is represented by constant smartphone alerts and messages. That is genius. He can't escape this connection to his brother's death the way people can't escape their tie to their phone. It's so fresh and brilliant. Also the story has a mysterious, dark link to Eastern religion that really made the story superb.
Another that really stood out was The Red Envelope by Pat Woods. This was something about Taiwan I didn't know until I asked my girlfriend and she confirmed the whole tradition to me. Living in Taiwan, you see a lot of altars in people's houses to their ancestors and patron gods. We also have a ghost festival where I live. So I knew ancestors and ghosts were a big part of the culture. But I didn't know about what happens in this story, and I'm not sure it happens much anymore. Apparently if a girl dies unwed, she won't have anyone to pray for her because ordinarily she would join the ancestors on her husband's side. She won't be remembered on her own family's altar. But a member of her family can put a red envelope on the ground in a crowded place and the man who picks it up becomes her husband. She becomes his "ghost bride." In this story, a foreign English teacher in Taiwan is walking through a market and happens to pick up such a red envelope, not knowing the tradition. He rejects the idea of ghost marriage as ridiculous, until he meets his ghost bride in his dreams. It's such a great story about cultural understanding.
The whole collection is great.