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Review: “Swan’s Braid,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Funny, clever, and highly entertaining Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5   Swan’s Braid and Other Tales of Terizan is a collection of short stories by Tanya Huff, all featuring the thief Terizan. This is a relatively short

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Review: “He Said, Sidhe Said,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Great Tanya Huff fantasies in short form Cons: Any anthology is likely to have stories that don’t appeal to you as much as others Rating: 4 out of 5   Tanya Huff’s He Said, Sidhe Said is a delightful

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Review: “The Cutting Room,” ed. by Ellen Datlow

Pros: Cerebral horror for film buffs Cons: I couldn’t connect emotionally with many of the stories Rating: 3 out of 5 Advance copy provided free by Tachyon Publications via NetGalley. Expected publication date: 10/14/2014.   The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections

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Review: “Human for a Day,” ed. Greenberg & Brozek

Pros: Some fascinating takes on what it means to be human (and not) Cons: Almost any anthology will have a story or three that don’t suit any given reader Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group

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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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