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Review: “Into the Black,” William Meikle

Pros: Lovecraftian horror with an occasionally whimsical flair Cons: Slightly repetitive Rating: 4.5 out of 5 I seem to be on a roll with William Meikle books lately; they’re perfect for when I want horror, but not depressing. Into The

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Review: “Transcendent 3,” ed. Bogi Takács

Pros: Very moving stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Bogi Takács edits Transcendent 3: The Year’s Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction. The stories within range from tales where a character just happens to be trans or genderfluid in

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Review: “From a Certain Point of View,” various authors

Pros: Strong, intriguing stories from new directions Cons: Virtually no anthology is perfect Rating: 4.5 out of 5 From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars): “40 Stories Celebrating 40 Years of Star Wars” is a collection of 40 stories

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Review: “Selected Stories: Fantasy,” Kevin J. Anderson

Pros: Delightful stories Cons: Some variability Rating: 4 out of 5 I picked up Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories: Fantasy in an ‘epic fantasy’ story bundle, so I was surprised to find that most of these stories would have fit

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Review: “Selected Stories: Science Fiction, Volume 1,” Kevin J. Anderson

Pros: Fun, enjoyable stories Cons: A few stories are a little dated Rating: 5 out of 5 Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories Science Fiction (Volume 1) contains a nice collection of sci-fi stories in a variety of styles and settings.

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Review: “Anthology I”

Pros: Lovely tales Cons: Standard anthology potential problem: you might not enjoy all of the tales Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Anthology I, from The Novel Fox, is a delightful collection of short science fiction and fantasy stories. One of

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Review: “Transcendence,” Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Pros: Some fascinating stories Cons: A few that felt as though they ended early; some confusion Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher for this review. Expected publication date: 5/22/2015. Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s Transcendence is a collection

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Review: “Keep the Stars Running,” Various

Pros: Final story blew me away Cons: First story almost made me give up on the book Rating: 4 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher for this review. Expected publication date: 5/13/2015.   Anthologies are tricky, because

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Review: “Black Swan, White Raven,” ed. Datlow and Windling

Pros: Lovely fairy tales for adults Cons: As with nearly all anthologies, quality and tone waver Rating: 4 out of 5 Review e-book provided by Open Road Integrated Media Expected release date: September 30, 2014   The concept behind Black

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Review: “Human for a Day,” ed. Greenberg & Brozek

Pros: Some fascinating takes on what it means to be human (and not) Cons: Almost any anthology will have a story or three that don’t suit any given reader Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group

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