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Review: “Toad Words and Other Stories,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: Delightful fairy tale variations with a folk tale feel Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s collection Toad Words And Other Stories very much tickled my fancy. I love the folk tale feel her stories give off.

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Short Take: “The Halcyon Fairy Book,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: hilarious, fascinating look at fairy tales Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s The Halcyon Fairy Book mostly consists of reprintings of a handful of fairy tales together with Kingfisher’s biting, humorous, insightful commentary on the same.

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Review: “Jackalope Wives and Other Stories”, T. Kingfisher

Pros: Magical Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s Jackalope Wives And Other Stories is an absolutely magical collection of stories and poetry. I remember reading one of the stories online some time ago, and I loved it

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Review: “Nightmares”, Ed. Ellen Datlow

Pros: Some fantastic stories Cons: Some not-so-fantastic stories Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Editor Ellen Datlow’s collection Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror contains more than 20 horror stories of a wide variety. As usual with an anthology, some

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Short Take: “The End of the Trail,” Louis Rakovich

Pros: Salt makes for an interesting backdrop Cons: The pacing seems a little off; end came a tad quickly Rating: 4 out of 5 Louis Rakovich’s The End of the Trail is a novelette, a very short piece of work,

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Review: “Vacui Magia,” L. S. Johnson

Pros: The stories that make you go ‘wow!’ Cons: Some minor confusions Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Typically in an anthology like Vacui Magia: Stories, you expect to like some stories, not like others. Because of this I rarely give

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Review: “The Moonlight in Genevieve’s Eyes,” D. Krauss

Pros: Clever creepiness Cons: Some stories are better than others; stereotyped female characters Rating: 2.5 out of 5 D. Krauss’ The Moonlight in Genevieve’s Eyes and Other Tales of Horror is an enjoyable collection of creepy tales. (I picked it

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Review: “One Thousand Words for War,” eds. Madeline Smoot, Hope Erica Schultz

Pros: Some interesting stories and ideas Cons: Doesn’t deliver well; too many “ads” Rating: 3 out of 5 One Thousand Words for War is an anthology that didn’t do it for me. At its best, an anthology entertains you with

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Review: “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams,” Stephen King

Pros: Fantastic selection of stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, a collection of Stephen King’s short stories, was a lot of fun to read! I also enjoyed his introductory discussion on writing short

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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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