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Time Travelers, Ghosts, and Other Visitors Hardcover – April 1, 2003
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The nine fantasies in this collection firmly establish Hoffman's versatility and gifts. The time travelers of the title appear in "Mint Condition," traveling back from a polluted future in search of collectible comic books--and open sky. The ghosts show up in "Haunted Humans," in which a team of them shares the consciousness of a young man drawn into a desperate struggle to save a young woman from a serial killer; it is dark fantasy of a very high order. Not much below it are "The Skeleton Key," in which the god Hermes rescues a victim of Satanists, and "Unleashed," in which two werecreatures form a partnership when a single weremother needs a baby-sitter during her change. Satires on hand include "Toobychubbies" and "Objects of Desire," nominally about alien invasions; "Night Life," about princesses spending their nights in the land of Faerie; and "Entertaining Possibilities," about a very weird family that considers a son-in-law unworthy of them. With nary a purple or ill-chosen word in sight, this is contemporary short fantasy at its best. Roland Green
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Among an impressive collection of stories, my favourites were Skeleton Key, and Haunted. Both for their inspired storyline, amazing insight, and subtle humour.
Just one of the things I absolutely love about Nina's writing is her ability to take a completely different twist on subjects/storylines that have been done to death, and actually make the reader think and sometimes laugh at life and Sci-Fi's incredible possibilities.
A must-have. Read this collection, and also "The Thread That Binds the Bones" and "A Red Heart of Memories", and you'll be hooked - there is no turning back.
The stories feel absolutely weird as if Rod Serling visited a not quite normal earth that at first glance seems like ours, but overlaid in a fantasy environs. All nine contributions will delight the audience, but no doubt the novella is the stand out that will send readers seeking Nina Kiriki Hoffman's novels (see PAST THE SIZE OF DREAMING and FISTFUL OF SKY).