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Ken Liu - The MSG Golem
I know many people are huge fans of Liu's short fiction and I am one of them. Of all his stories I've read there are only one or two I didn't love, merely liked, so it's no surprise to find him among my favourites once again. I enjoyed Rebecca's voice immensely. She's a fun and witty ten-year-old, with a delightful mixture of world-weary cynicism pre-teens can display mixed with boundless enthusiasm to throw herself in new things whole-heartedly. I love Liu's gentle mocking of the prejudices that are oft-held about Chinese and Jewish parents. Behind the fun there is a story about family and parental love, which I found very touching.
Matt Mikalatos - A Stiff Bargain
Mikatalos is one of the returning authors from the first volume and he's stuck with his protagonist from that volume's story, the vampire Isaac Van Helsing, yes the son of that Van Helsing. The second story in which Chtulhu makes an appearance and this time my lack of grounding in his mythos wasn't a problem. I thought it was a very fun story and one filled with great secondary characters, such as Isaac's landlady Mother Holmes and his ghostly former servant Richard. What amazed me most about the story was that Chtulhu knew how to use a phone and how to prank call!
M.C.A. Hogarth - Improved Cubicle Door
Now this is how you make office life interesting. Just give everyone a limited amount of mana and a spell book and of you go. A mixture between a scathing commentary on cubicle office life and an exciting DnD campaign, I had a blast with Hogarth's story.
Jody Lynn Nye - Insider Information
It shouldn't be surprising that Insider Information is one of my favourites, since in my review for the first volume I said of Nye's story that I hoped she'd write more in this setting and perhaps even a long form story. Well, long form this is not, but it does mark the return of D.S. Dena Malone and her symbiotic alien guest, K't'ank. And like last time I adored this story. I just love the idea behind the link between Malone and K't'ank and the way Nye elaborates on it; the having to adapt her way of reading to let him watch TV, the way he's always listening in. Coupled a great crime to solve, it makes for a fantastic story and I really hope, once again, that there will be more in the future.
James Beamon - Class Action Orc
Beamon writes a great story featuring a likeable bad guy protagonist. I really liked the voice of the narrator, who is wry and unapologetic for his nature. His rivalry with the prosecutor, who is a High Elf (naturally) is very fun and they're given a great case to battle it out over in court. With as a star witness the talking sword Cleave. I swear Cleave himself is worth reading this story; he made me laugh so hard. He reminded me of the talking sword in Baldur's Gate II only smarter. Class Action Orc had me laughing out loud and I really enjoyed it. This is another setting and protagonist I'd not mind reading more of.
Overall, Unidentified Funny Objects 2 was another fun read and a good addition to the series. I look forward to seeing how Shvartsman will expand on it next year in UFO 3.
This book was provided for review by the editor.
19 stories. Shvartsman is quite the humorist in his own right, so
it must have been hard to keep from throwing one in himself. Not every
story in the collection is laugh-out-loud hilarious, but humor is
subjective, and this reader did find chuckles, giggles, and some outright guffaws.
My favorites were "How to Feed Your Pyrokinetic Toddler"
by Fran Wilde, "Congratulations on Your Apotheosis," by Michelle Ann King, and
"The Retgun" by Tim Pratt.
There was not a story in the collection I skipped. Each one is humorous, engaging and full of imagination.
There were even several works which featured characters introduced in the prior anthology.
If you're a fan of speculative fiction of all kinds (sci-fi to fantasy to urban fantasy) you'll find something to love in this excellent collection."
All of the stories included are well-written and well-conceived, and some are VERY good.
The collection is well worth the time and money. IF you like Funny SF, buy this, and you will not be disappoicnted.
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