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Review: “The Demon’s Den and Other Tales of Valdemar,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Fantastic Valdemar stories Cons: Veeery sappy! Rating: 5 out of 5 If you aren’t familiar with Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar books, then Tanya Huff’s anthology of short stories set in Valdemar, The Demon’s Den and Other Tales of Valdemar, would

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Review: “Autumn Cthulhu,” ed. Mike Davis

Pros: Some fascinating tales of dread Cons: Too many vague, ‘unfinished’ endings Rating: 3.5 out of 5 You can definitely see some patterns in the stories of the anthology Autumn Cthulhu (edited by Mike Davis). There’s a certain style of

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Review: “The Shredded Veil Mysteries,” Leah R. Cutter

Pros: Fascinating take on ghosts; creative and original Cons: Needs more worldbuilding; one unsatisfying story Rating: 4 out of 5 Leah R. Cutter’s The Shredded Veil Mysteries is a collection of six ghostly tales. In 2012, the Great Unraveling happened,

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Review: “Five Fantastic Tales,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Pros: Magical tales Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Five Fantastic Tales is a collection of stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. It ranges from emotional and sweet, to hilarious, to intriguing. Flower Fairies is a story about a woman

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Review: “Six Scary Stories,” ed. Stephen King

Pros: Enjoyable little horror tales Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Stephen King agreed to manage a short story contest, and he liked the best six entries so much that he suggested they be turned into an anthology. Hence

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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: “O Little Town of Deathlehem,” ed. Michael J. Evans, Harrison Graves

Pros: Some original, spooky Christmas stories Cons: Like most anthologies, the quality is variable Rating: 4 out of 5 O Little Town of Deathlehem: An Anthology of Holiday Horrors for Charity, edited by Michael J. Evans and Harrison Graves, is

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Review: “Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight,” Don Bassingthwaite

Pros: Original, vivid, inspiring, and bawdy! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Now I’m even more addicted to storybundles, since one of them introduced me to Don Bassingthwaite’s marvelous Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight: The Derby Cavendish Stories.

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Review: “Mrs. Claus,” ed. by Rhonda Parrish

Pros: Some real gems Cons: Variable story quality Rating: 4 out of 5 Rhonda Parrish is the editor of the anthology Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say, a collection of 14 stories in which Mrs. Claus takes center

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Review: “Fiction River: Valor,” edited by Lee Allred

Pros: Excellent military science fiction stories Cons: As always in anthologies, some stories are better than others Rating: 4 out of 5 I was going to read the next Anatomy & Physiology chapter today. Somehow, Fiction River: Valor (Fiction River:

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