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Boondocks Fantasy!

Pros: Wonderful premise; some true winners! Cons: Range of story quality, as is normal for anthologies Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Boondocks Fantasy, edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg, is a

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"Steampunk'd," ed. Rabe & Greenberg

Pros: Steampunk is such a fun genre, and there’s a wide variety of takes on it in here Cons: This book definitely highlights that it’s a relatively young genre that could use some maturing Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review

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"Timeshares," eds. Rabe & Greenberg

Pros: Fascinating concept, and the stories tie together in some unusual ways Cons: Contradictions between stories, and some ideas or characters that fell flat Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group.   How could we fail

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"A Girl’s Guide to Guns and Monsters," eds. Greenberg & Hughes

Pros: Fantastic execution of a delicious premise Cons: As always for an anthology: not every story will suit you equally Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review copy courtesy of Penguin Group.   Women, monsters, and ass-kicking—what more could I ask

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"The Trouble with Heroes," ed. Denise Little

Pros: Hilarious topic and some truly standout stories Cons: A couple of shallow stories; as always in anthologies, variable quality Rating: 4 out of 5   Review book courtesy of Penguin Group.   I’m growing rather fond of the anthologies

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"The Lost"

Pros: Enjoyably mysterious tales Cons: One ending that left me a little flat Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book (uncorrected proof) courtesy of Penguin Group.   The Lost is an anthology of four stories in “a world where the

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"The Spicy Bedtime Companion," Joan Lloyd

Pros: Great way to spice up a relationship! Cons: Some flat limericks; won’t be everyone’s style Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group.   Joan Elizabeth Lloyd’s The Spicy Bedtime Companion: Erotic Stories and More is

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"Intelligent Design," ed. Denise Little

Pros: Fascinating topic for an anthology, with some wonderful approaches to it Cons: Some rather talky stories; a handful of repeated topics, themes, or approaches Rating: 4 out of 5   Review book courtesy of Penguin Group.   Intelligent Design,

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"Tails of Love," ed. Foster & Cameron

Pros: Sappy, indulgent, fun, romantic, sweet, and tear-inducing Cons: As with most anthos—there’s bound to be a story or two you aren’t thrilled with Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group.   Tails of Love is

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"Other Earths," Gevers & Lake

Pros: Fascinating concepts; some strong and unusual stories Cons: Some stories stronger on concept than execution; the usual variable quality in an anthology Rating: 4 out of 5

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