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- Publication Date: July 2, 2014
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It's been a long time since I read a collection that started in so consistent a way.
That said, I can't bring myself to award a fifth star.
While most of the stories in the remaining 400 pages are readable and a number are better than average light entertainment, only a handful struck the same chord with me that those first eight did -- the best being Brian Evenson's richly distressing "A Collapse of Horses," Tanith Lee's "A Little of the Night" and Greg Kurzawa's "Dark Gardens" (which is the closest the collection ever comes to real dread).
Blue Amber - Absolutely fantastic. Wish it was novel-length. Intriguing concept, top-notch execution. (A)
The Legend of Troop 13 - Outstanding. This is one of those stories that will always stay with you. Leaves you satisfied but wanting more. I can't praise it enough. Kit Reed, you've caught this editor's eye. (A+)
The Good Husband - Not poorly written, but forgettable. I can see why the idea captivates, but the execution doesn't quite take the story where it needs to go. (B-)
The Soul in the Bell Jar - Story flows nicely, easy to float through (no pun intended), but not the most memorable of the group. Nice atmosphere. Very tangible writing. (B)
The Creature Recants - Interesting concept, though I've seen this story taken in this general direction before. (B)
Termination Dust - This will send your mind spinning. It's just the right length. Especially captivating characterization. Mr. Barron never disappoints. (A-)
Postcards from Abroad - The tone is a nice break from the heaviness elsewhere in the collection. Light-hearted but dark in its implications. (B+)
Phosphorus - Intrinsically memorable. Depth I wasn't expecting. This was one of my favorites. (A)
A Lunar Labyrinth - Haunting and simple. An average pick. (B+)
The Prayer of Ninety Cats - I've never disliked anything by CRK, but I struggled through the middle third of this. However, there's nothing wrong with it--just some stylistic choices that aren't my cup of tea. Regardless, by the end, I was back to loving it. Readers can't help but be swept up in Kiernan's worlds. (A)
Forests of Hell - The worst of the bunch. Drags on forever, never really getting anywhere. (D)
The Plague - Short piece, beautifully done. Its grace is in its brevity. (B+)
The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning - A bit too pastiche for my liking, or at least for the reading mood I was in. The story and writing are solid and engaging. You won't find much, if anything, to dislike about JRL's work. (B+)
Let My Smile Be Your Umbrella - I was pleasantly surprised by the direction the story took but also felt strangely disappointed, almost empty, at the end. (B-)
Air, Water, and the Grove - Lovely story. A little muddled in a few places--confusing pronouns and POVs--but nothing that will inhibit the reader experience. (A-)
A Little of the Night - I love Tanith Lee, but this isn't my favorite of her works. Still, a solid choice and a pleasant read. (B)
A Collapse of Horses - I see the effort here, and I appreciate where the story was going, but as a physicist I got distracted by the misunderstanding of the Uncertainty Principle and Schrodinger. People are generally misinformed about these ideas in physics, and it bothers me when more misinformation is distributed. I can see that the author is trying, but he doesn't quite grasp the concepts. I understand the struggle of trying to make the intangible tangible, but sometimes the gap is not so easily bridged, and that is especially true in this area of quantum physics. (B)
Pride: A Collector's Tale - Above average, but not outstanding, though I think it fits in. Usually I like this kind of vagueness, but more exposition would have been helpful. (B+)
Our Lady of Ruins - Some parts meant to feel dreamy instead felt empty. Prose is nicely constructed, but story could use a little more backbone. (B-)
The Marginals - Entrancing, captivating story with bold writing. I love everything SD writes. A frontrunner in this collection. (A)
Dark Gardens - Absolutely beautiful, intimate and breathless. This is a masterful piece of storytelling. (A+)
Rag and Bone - I found the story dull and the writing mediocre in places, but surprisingly sharp in others. I had mixed feelings about this one. (B-)
The Slipway Gray - The writing kept my attention and did a lovely story justice. It felt personal, which is an unusual quality and one I regard highly. (A)
To Die for Moonlight - This moved a bit slowly. I found the characters wooden, but the concept good. A satisfactory addition. (B)
Cuckoo - I enjoyed the unexpected ending. It's the kind of risk I'd like to see more authors take. Well done. (B+)
Fishwife - I love the fairytale atmosphere with the underlying darkness. A pleasant read that draws you in. (A-)
The Dream Detective - This is a story where the implications are more important than the words on the page. Well executed. (A-)
Event Horizon - Fun story, but the misunderstanding of "singularity" rankled me a bit. I found the story very enjoyable. (A-)
Moonstruck - As an astrophysicist, I found this story entrancingly pretty. Very charming. (A-)
The Ghost Makers - A bit long. The writer is perfectly competent, but this entry slowed down my momentum. (B)
Iseul's Lexicon - Elegant prose paired with a captivating tale of fantasy and magic. Smooth pacing, graceful execution. (A-)
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