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Review: “Mothership,” eds. Bill Campbell, Edward Austin Hall

Pros: Really neat stories; very diverse Cons: Some of the stories are pretty confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 While the title of Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond indicates that these stories are Afrofuturism, the diversity is a wider

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Review: “Tales for the Camp Fire,” ed. Loren Rhoads

Pros: Some good stories for a great cause Cons: Not many of the stories pulled me in Rating: 3 out of 5 I feel vaguely guilty not giving higher marks to a book that’s being sold to benefit charity. But

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Review: “Supernatural Tales 40: Summer 2019”

Pros: Some good stories Cons: Some so-so stories Rating: 3 out of 5 Supernatural Tales 40: Summer 2019 is a collection of seven short horror stories. It’s tough to find really good multi-author anthologies, because the odds that the editor’s

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Review: “Ambiguity Machines: and Other Stories,” Vandana Singh

Pros: Winding and beautiful Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Vandana Singh’s Ambiguity Machines: and Other stories is a slow, winding collection of beautiful short science fiction stories (at least one story has overtones of horror, and more than

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Review: “The Last Outpost and Other Tales,” Z.S. Adani

Pros: Intriguing worldbuilding Cons: Tone and pacing are stiff; confusing worldbuilding Rating: 3 out of 5 Z.S. Adani’s The Last Outpost and Other Tales is a collection of sci-fi short stories. They’re original and creative, but I ran into a

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Review: “Cruel Works of Nature,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Absolutely wonderful horror collection Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Gemma Amor’s Cruel Works of Nature: 11 Illustrated Horror Novellas contains some delightful tales. I couldn’t put the book down until I had finished them all! In Foliage,

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Review: “Sunspot Jungle Volume One,” ed. Bill Campbell

Pros: Poetic; multicultural Cons: Some confusion Rating: 4 out of 5 Sunspot Jungle: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Bill Campbell, is a large collection of stories with a fantastical bent to them, although the

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Review: “Cat Pictures Please And Other Stories,” Naomi Kritzer

Pros: Amazing combination of off-the-wall and ordinary Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Naomi Kritzer’s collection Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories is absolutely wonderful. There wasn’t a single story I didn’t fully enjoy, despite the fact that I

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Review: “Fungi,” ed. Orrin Grey, Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Pros: Some fascinating surreal bits of horror Cons: More whimsy than I would have liked Rating: 3.5 out of 5 I’m fond of “cosmic horror,” and a fungal-themed anthology posted under the horror genre sounded right up my alley. While

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Review: “Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities,” K.C. Ball

Pros: A wonderful array of consistently great stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The collection of K.C. Ball short stories entitled Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities is fabulous. It includes more than 20 stories of

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