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Review: “Apocalyptic,” ed. S.C. Butler, Joshua Palmatier

Rating: 4 out of 5 S.C. Butler and Joshua Palmatier edited the anthology Apocalyptic. It has some great familiar authors in it (Seanan McGuire! Tanya Huff!) and more by authors I’m not as familiar with. Like most anthologies your taste

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Review: “Worst Laid Plans,” ed. Samantha Kolesnik

Rating: 4 out of 5 Samantha Kolesnik edited Worst Laid Plans: An Anthology of Vacation Horror. As typically happens with multi-author anthologies I ended up giving it a 4 out of 5, because it’s almost impossible for a given editor’s

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Review: “Blood Shot,” Tanya Huff

Rating: 5 out of 5 Tanya Huff’s Blood Shot: Stories from the Blood ‘Verse (Blood Series) is an anthology of short stories from her “Blood ‘Verse.” It involves characters from both the main vampire novels and a spin-off series centered

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Review: “Under Her Black Wings,” various authors

Rating: 4 out of 5 Under Her Black Wings: 2020 Women of Horror Anthology is an anthology of all female-authored stories (19 of them). The overall quality is quite good, although I found one or two stories that didn’t entirely

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Review: “Forgotten Magic,” Various Authors

Rating: 3 out of 5 This is volume three in an unusual trilogy. Each author provides one story in each volume as their own individual little trilogies: Forgotten Magic (Magic Underground Anthologies Book 3) is part three. Unfortunately, I wasn’t

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Review: “Wayward Magic,” Various Authors

Rating: 3 out of 5 This is an unusual trilogy of anthologies. The idea is, each author involved wrote a trilogy of interconnected or continuing stories, with the first found in Hidden Magic [review], the second found in Wayward Magic

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Review: “Lockdown,” ed. Nick Kolakowski, Steve Weddle

Rating: 4 out of 5 Steve Weddle and Nick Kolakowski edited the deliberately-timely pandemic anthology Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic. Some people I’m sure just want to use their reading to escape the current pandemic,

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Review: “AfroSFv2,” ed. Ivor W. Hartmann

Rating: 5 out of 5 Ivor W. Hartmann has collected five novellas in AfroSFv2, the sequel to the short story collection AfroSF Science Fiction by African Writers [review]. The novellas are substantial enough that they each deserve their own brief

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Review: “AfroSF Science Fiction by African Writers,” ed. Ivor W. Hartmann

Rating: 5 out of 5 AfroSF Science Fiction by African Writers is a decent-sized anthology filled with wonderful stories by African writers. I often end up giving anthologies a 4/5 simply because not all stories will appeal to all readers.

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Review: “Love, Death, and Other Inconveniences”

Pros: Some reasonably fun stories in here Cons: A lot of repetition; poor showing when it comes to female characters Rating: 3 out of 5 Normally when I review anthologies, I end up pointing out that one reason it’s tough

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