My perennial statement about anthologies: they’re a mixed bag. This book definitely holds to that. It’s got a lot of stories, from a lot of different creators. Some stretch the boundaries of theme, some are solidly in place. Some are pretty good. Some are kinda meh. And there’s a bunch of poetry. I’ll say, as I have in some other reviews, I just don’t get poetry, so I’ll leave it at that.
‘Postflesh’ by Paul Jessup was good and very weird. I didn’t especially like A.C. Wise’s ‘Venice Burning,’ but I think it was well written and conceived. ‘Dark of the Moon’ by James Dorr had a nice, weird Cold War-rooted story. ‘Lottie Versus the Moon Hopper’ was interesting. I felt like I wanted to look around in the universe Pamela Rentz created, just a bit more. And the best story in the book, though a story I think didn’t fit in the anthology, was ‘The Last Man Standing,’ by Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso. I could have seen this in any of a dozen apocalyptic anthologies I’ve read, but I didn’t read Lovecraft in it at all. Still, a darned fine story.
The one story in the book I really didn’t like was ‘The Library Twins and the Nekrobees’ by Martha Hubbard. It has this Hot Topic, Goth-Cutsie thing that I found excruciating.
I can’t really recommend the book. There’s just not enough good, or good enough to go out of your way to read. But I would seek out Chukwunonso’s story. He’s someone to keep your eye out for; a clear talent. On a technical note, the table of contents is incorrect, with the story start pages off by a couple. There were a few other editing issues, but nothing major.
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