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In a world where magic is fading and science begun to ascend, a young surgeon in medical school experiences an obsession so forbidden that its realization will change him forever.

"She looked as if she were asleep, still with that slight smile, floating on the thick sargassum, glowing from the emerald tincture that would keep the small crabs and other scavengers from her. S
Paperback, 100 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Prime
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neko cam
Don't get me wrong - the stories in here are a great distance from being bad. I just didn't enjoy them as much as I usually do with Vandermeer's books.

The titular story showed initial promise, resembling an interesting variation of 'Herbert West–Reanimator', but it felt like it lost direction and just meandered around aimlessly towards the end of the story. Still, it was by far the most enjoyable story of this collection - except, perhaps for the Lovecraft Cafe, which was a close second.

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This collection of stories contains charming and elegant dark fantasy and humorous fairy tales. The title story, co-authored by Cat Rambo and Jeff VanderMeer, creates a unique world in an oceanic setting as the backdrop for a Frankenstein's obsession (the mad scientist not the monster). In Rambo's "The Dead Girl's Wedding March," a zombie girl's defiance of her father in the City of the Dead leads to dire romance — with a rat. "The Strange Case of the Lovecraft Cafe," by M.F. Korn, D.F. Lewis, a ...more
Jesse Bullington
The titular novella was the strongest, with Rambo’s A Key Decides its Destiny” and VanderMeer’s “The Farmer’s Cat” my other two favorites in this trim collection. The two authors pair well; at least, the stories selected here do. Very evocative and beautiful dark fantasy, with "The Surgeon's Tale" being a bit more serious than most of the other stories.
Very very short collection, with one poetic tale of obsession and reanimation, some short fairy-tale pastiches, and a very funny homage to Lovecraft and haute cuisine. Slight, but highly enjoyable!
Bought it to have a printed copy of "The Dead Girl's Wedding March" and it is totally worth it.
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F&SF writer Cat Rambo lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Her short story collection, EYES LIKE SKY AND COAL AND MOONLIGHT, was a 2010 Endeavor Award finalist. A third collection, NEAR + FAR, appeared in 2012r from Hydra House. She has been shortlisted for an Endeavour Award, Locus Award, World Fantasy Award and most recently the Nebula Award. If you would like to sign up to receive sto ...more
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