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Review: “The Monstrous”, ed. Ellen Datlow

Pros: Excellent tales of monsters of all kinds Cons: Some still confuse me Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher for this review. I rarely rate anthologies above a three–maybe a four at most. The thing

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Review: “Twilight’s Dawn”, Anne Bishop

Pros: Four wonderful stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s Twilight’s Dawn is a collection of four stories that all take place within her Black Jewels world. Each one states where in the timespan of the other

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Review: “Seductive Supernaturals,” various authors

Pros: Some interesting ideas Cons: Stories that don’t stand on their own Rating: 3 out of 5 Review copy provided free by Full Moon Books, LLC via NetGalley.   SEDUCTIVE SUPERNATURALS: 12 Tales of Shapeshifters, Vampires & Sexy Spirits is

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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: “February Thaw,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Stellar! Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5   February Thaw is another relatively short, inexpensive ebook anthology of Tanya Huff short stories. And much like He Said, Sidhe Said and (especially) Swan’s Braid, it is worth every penny

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Review: “Crime Stories,” J.A. Konrath

Pros: Entertaining Cons: Sense of humor is a thing of individual taste Rating: 3 out of 5   J.A. Konrath’s Crime Stories is a collection of 21 stories and essays. Some are mysteries or crime stories of one type or

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Review: “Swan’s Braid,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Funny, clever, and highly entertaining Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5   Swan’s Braid and Other Tales of Terizan is a collection of short stories by Tanya Huff, all featuring the thief Terizan. This is a relatively short

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Review: “He Said, Sidhe Said,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Great Tanya Huff fantasies in short form Cons: Any anthology is likely to have stories that don’t appeal to you as much as others Rating: 4 out of 5   Tanya Huff’s He Said, Sidhe Said is a delightful

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Review: “The Cutting Room,” ed. by Ellen Datlow

Pros: Cerebral horror for film buffs Cons: I couldn’t connect emotionally with many of the stories Rating: 3 out of 5 Advance copy provided free by Tachyon Publications via NetGalley. Expected publication date: 10/14/2014.   The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections

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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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