Review: The case with many collections of
short stories there are some that work, some that amaze and some that
disappoint. This collection really didn't have any in that last category – I
was not disappointed. I particularly enjoyed the first story by Linda Nagata. Very well done, easy to believe as the
near future of warfare and gave a real connection to the characters in a very
short time. She had another about halfway through that was just as good. I was
a bit surprised to find two stories from the same author in a collection like
this, but her work is that good. David Levine's The end of the Silk Road had a very old school, pulpy feel to it.
Soft Casualty by Michael Z. Williamson was deeply creepy to me. The whole
collection wraps up with a really strong strong story that is not for the feint
of heart – War Dog. I'm very glad I got to read these stories. This book
is worth picking up
The most interesting part? There's more.
The publisher is letting readers vote for
the best of the year. Buy the book, get a code, go to the web site and tell
them what you thought the best story was. I hope this is a successful
thing they're trying out. I'd love for the voting to become an annual contest
we can depend on.
Go. Read. Vote. I look forward to hearing
what others think!
Star Total: 4 out of 5 stars