Jan 27, Carol rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , horror , paranormal , short-stories , sci-fi. I didn't mean to read as much as I did. I'm a bit burned out on anthologies. Some of these I'd read before. Its resident ghosts are old friends until they get violent. Scientists, companies, colleges, and the like try to solve the problem with nano-assemblers.
These mini-bots self-replicate, and all hell breaks I didn't mean to read as much as I did.
These mini-bots self-replicate, and all hell breaks loose. Everything almost becomes plastic.
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They begin to evolve. An employer tests both of them. Beagle - Borbos the Witch-boy enchants a man's sister. The man will do anything to save her, which includes digging up Grandma, who has some power of her own. Sad betrayal. Who is Arvid Pekon - Karen Tidbeck - An odd business has employees who impersonate others when people call those people. One of the employees begins to get strange calls which have life-changing effects.
Girl growing up there loves her. World has faced an Armageddon of sorts. I had read this before, and I was impressed.
The story of a weird survivor. I didn't care for it. Not my type. Extremely short.
Didn't like it. Maleficent is her hero. No real ending. Glamour of Madness - Peter Bell - Didn't read. Bigfoot on Campus - Jim Butcher - Bigfoot's son is only half bigfoot.
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He goes to college, obviously, and falls in love. His father is concerned, and sends the wizard Harry Dresden to investigate. I'd read this before, but liked it enough to read it again. People cross the street to avoid it. Escena de un Asesinato - Robert Hood - Didn't read. Good Hunting - Ken Liu - A demon who steals hearts, a hulijing, has been visiting a local man.
The Demonhunter and his son go hunting for her, the fox-woman.
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All this mixes with steam-punk. The Bird Country - K. Ferebee - Single man with a penchant for killing young men. An angel comes to live in his garden. Down in the Valley - Joseph Bruchac - Didn't read. They are paranormal investigators.
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The Tall Grass - Joe R. Lansdale - A train trip, stalled in the night, is the scene for a terrifying incident. Pearls - Priyz Sharma - An artist with snakes for hair lives a quiet life. A man intrudes. A man breaks in, but not to do harm. He has no memories. Hand of Glory - Laird Barron - Didn't read. Jun 02, Kat Dietrich rated it it was ok Shelves: anthologies , add-to-blog , read-in Not sure if I'm sick of anthologies, but this one didn't do much for me.
Yes, there were some good stories memorable ones below , but a number of them I just couldn't get through the first page or two -- boring, or just not my cup of tea. Anyway, as it goes: No Ghosts in London by Helen Marshall, about a young woman who works in a large hall haunted by ghosts. Her mom could handle them, but she dies, and they end up being violent. It was "okay", but the reason I mention it here at all is because it was the lead story, and I wasn't impressed.
Maybe that is what put me off this book. Natural History of Autumn by Jeffrey Ford - Rather enjoyed this, a man goes on holiday in Japan and takes a geisha along, but both of them have ulterior motives. Great-grandmother in the Cellar by Peter S. Beagle, a boy digs up his grandmother to save his sister from her boyfriend. A lot of witchery involved. Quite good. Who is Arvid Pekon by Karen Tidbeck - Strange tale of a telephone answering service where the employees impersonate whoever the call is for.
Totally enjoyed this one. Iphigenia in Aulis, Mike Carey - Have read this one before, definitely my favorite. Basically small children are being held captive in a military compound, but at first you aren't sure whether it is for their protection, or if they are the somehow dangerous. When taken to the school room they are put in wheelchairs and strapped down so that they can't move a muscle.
Great story, great author. Bigfoot on Campus by Jim Butcher. This was my intro to Jim Butcher. I am going to read more! It is about two investigators of the paranormal. The Tall Grass by Joe R. A train breaks down in the middle of the night, and this guy walks off into the grass and barely makes it back. Good story. Bedtime Stories for Yasmin by Robert Shearman.
An overprotective mom reads only the good stories to her little girl, but somebody else is reading the scary ones.
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Overall, it seemed a long book for a few good stories. Jul 26, Curt Jeffreys rated it it was amazing.
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I won't even attempt to review every story here so I'll focus on what I consider to be the true gems in this collection. The narrator opens his tale with the line I am forgetting things, which scares me. With this simple sentence Gaiman takes us by the hand and leads us through the thoughts and fears of someone going through Alzheimer's or dementia, or maybe something else -- we are never really told -- but that's far from the point. Having your past wiped from your brain, memory by memory, is perhaps the scariest thing a person can face. Our past defines us, our memories make us who we are.
If we lose those things where does that leave us? This story is no fantasy - what it describes is all too real, all too common, and that is what scares the crap out of me. Big Foot On Campus - I don't want to give anything away here, so just let me say Harry Dresden is back and in fine form as his usual smart-alecky self. Perhaps one of the creepiest tales in this collection is Robert Shearman's Bedtime Stories for Yasmin.