Friday, September 3, 2010


Stories is a compilation of short stories edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. It's an interesting collection that is seems to be straddling the boundaries of literary fiction and fantasy/horror fiction. The back cover blurb describes it as "imaginative fiction", probably a subtle way of hinting to the genre fans what's inside without scaring off the general public.

Many of the stories in it were really quite good - the ones by Tim Powers, Elizabeth Hand, Gaiman, and Jeffrey Deaver all left very strong impressions; there were a few weaker ones, but overall the collection was very strong, and had a lot of innovative takes on familiar genres.

I'm a fan of compilations like this; they give a nice introduction to a range of authors that I might otherwise not get a chance to read, and in the past I've discovered some of my favourite author in this way.

Certainly worth a look.

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