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- Print Length: 272 pages
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- Publisher: Fox Spirit; 1 edition (October 29, 2012)
- Publication Date: October 29, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009YYF38M
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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I read the first three stories - hated them all- and thought I'd give up on the book. But, before I did, I went back to the Amazon reviews to see if there were stories that were standouts that might change my mind. Reviewers differ on which are the best stories, so I noted them all and proceeded to read those that were supposed to be "the best". I did find a few that were fairly good. And I manged to slog through the entire book (reading the stories out of order). There were 7 stories that I considered "good" (rating anywhere from B- to B+ in my personal rating scale from A+ to F) None rated excellent. One rated C+. The remaining 10 stories rated D or F. That's not a good enough reason to buy this book, where 10 out of 18 stories are not enjoyable.
Now, I realize that some readers simply like different types of story-telling -- as evidenced in the prior reviewers' lists of best stories in the collection. So, it may boil down to what type of fiction you like to read. I do not like mythical stories with talking dragons and fairies. I do not care much for humorous horror stories or funny/comical noir stories. (However, the one C+ I gave to a short story that was humorous. The author did a good job of satyrizing noir and Godzilla, etc.) I do like horror and suspense that may (or may not) involve the supernatural or some small leap of faith on the part of the reader. I love noir and detective pulps. I do not find that short stories are a good format for depicting wild new hard-to-take seriously-worlds (with dragons and talking monsters) at the same time as developing character and plot. That's probably best left to the novel format. So, that is the reason many of these short stories failed, in my opinion. Too bizarre a premise, and too little time to relate the premise(s), the plot, and the characters.
Here's my listing (and rating) of the best:
B Identity Crisis
B A Diabolical Liberty
B Charred Cracken With Plumb Butter
B- The Darkness Cult
B- East of Ecarte
B- Train Tracks
C+ Three Kings
The remaining stories rated D or F. My least-liked story was Yau Jin. Second worst was Sins of the Brother. Ouch!
I do enjoy the mixed genre alluded to in this collection. I much preferred the collection "Noir Carnival" -- also edited by K.A.Laity. This book also was a "mixed bag" of quality. But the stories never fell below a "C" in my rating scale, and there was one that rated Excellent. Several other collections of short stories have also been published with this mixture of Noir and horror. One is "Supernatural Noir" ed. b yEllen Datlow (a mixed bag of stories, but only one outright failure). It's a new and interesting category, even though I feel there are a lot of failed short stories in the genre.
The first couple of stories took me a lot longer to read than I expected. I found myself reading a page and thinking WTF? It was not a negative reflection on the writing but rather a sign of just how different parts of these stories were from my usual reading habits. Once my brain got the hang of it these stories started to fly by. There are some really interesting stories in this book and more importantly for me there are none that I didn't enjoy. Every story is weird, but more than that they are all weird in different ways. Some of them read almost like a traditional noir stories but with a single detail that jars against what my brain expected. Others were just plain weird in ways that I find hard to describe. Be it Kraken or brain worm poo this book has plenty of stories that will surprise as well and entertain. My personal favourite was the final story by W.P. Johnson and I went straight back and read it again. It was that enjoyable.
I do like extras in my book and this one finishes with a single paragraph biography on each author. It is interesting and gives the reader an opportunity to find more about the authors they enjoyed.
This anthology is well worth a read and I'm considering a paper copy just because I love the cover.
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