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"Tales of Majipoor," Robert Silverberg

Pros: Fascinating culture and events Cons: Logical inconsistencies; characters held at a distance Rating: 3 out of 5 Release date: May 7, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Robert Silverberg’s Tales of Majipoor collects together seven stories set

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"Cthulhu’s Reign" ed. Darrell Schweitzer

Pros: Surprising level of success given the difficulty Cons: It’s tough for an anthology to be perfect, and Lovecraftian horror is particularly difficult to write well Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Most Lovecraftian

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"Courts of the Fey," eds. Greenberg & Davis

Pros: Some truly good pieces Cons: Some stories aren’t wholly memorable Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Courts of the Fey is an anthology of 12 stories about the Seelie and Unseelie courts of

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"Is Anybody Out There?" ed. Gevers and Halpern

Pros: Some enjoyable flights of fancy Cons: Some stories that try too hard to be high-minded and end up being obtuse Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The universe is vast, and it’s hard

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"Inked," various authors

Pros: Lovely and highly original stories! Pretty good intros to the authors’ worlds Cons: One story that rushed; now you’ll want to go pick up more books! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The

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"After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar," ed. J. Palmatier and P. Bray

Pros: Interesting premise; enjoyable stories Cons: Inconsistent use of premise Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Many centuries past, an alewife was cursed to tend her bar forever, never aging nor dying. Her only

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"Zombiesque" anthology

Pros: Some beautiful concepts & stories Cons: Range of story quality, as is normal for anthologies; some shallow stories Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   While zombies have been around in movies and fiction

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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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"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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