Wednesday, September 29, 2010
RIP Read #11: New Release: Stories
Oh, how I wanted to love this collection of Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. But of the 27 stories, I skipped ten of them after reading anywhere from the first page to the first half of the story. Of the remaining 17, I thought one deserved a 5/5 rating and four deserved a 4/5. That's only five stories that I really enjoyed and would want to read again.
The highlights were a story by Gaiman called The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, Samantha's Diary by Diana Wynne Jones and stories by three new to me authors -- Carolyn Parkhurst, Tim Powers and Kurt Andersen. In the honorable mention category, Joanne Harris and Kat Howard's stories were strong threes.
There's plenty in this volume if you're looking for RIP short stories. You can read about vampires, serial killers, evil twins, murder and more. I found the overall collection to be a bit depressing and not extremely original. In fact, there was one story that I could have sworn that I had read before but I think it was just extremely similar to one of the recent flash fiction pieces I read. However, there will definitely be readers that look for something different in a short story than I do that will probably find much more to enjoy in this book than I did. Please don't avoid it solely on the fact that I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to!
Keeping it short for the shorts,
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