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The Best of Michael Swanwick

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It's here at last the first comprehensive overview of the extraordinary career of master storyteller Michael Swanwick. Covering over a quarter of a century, from his first two published stories both of them Nebula finalists to his most recent, these works bear witness to one of the most vivid and far-ranging imaginations in contemporary fiction. From the hardest of hard sc...more
Hardcover, 469 pages
Published October 31st 2008 by Subterranean Press
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Stephen
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4.5 Stars. I have not read all of the stories in this collection so this review is only for the story(ies) set forth below.

Scherzo with Tyrannosaur (5.0 to 5.5 stars): Excellent short story about time-travel, paradoxes and the choices we make as humans (or to stay human). The story follows the paleontological director of a research facility that has been created and placed in the Cretaceous period. The station occasionally brings "big wigs" back in time to do fund raisers. Duri...more
John
It wasn't until I was about a third of the way through this book that I started to believe Michael Swanwick capable of writing a pretty awesome story, and it wasn't until reading "The Very Pulse of the Machine," and everything that comes after it, that Swanwick became a strong contender for my favorite writer ever.

For the first third of this collection I had to struggle to find a way in to these stories: "The feast of Saint Janis" and "Ginungagap" were snappy tales with interesting premises but...more
Riju Ganguly
I had began my review of this book at Amazon with the title: "Fiction, with some science, and lots of thought, with a smile!" Perhaps my entire review of this hefty volume had got summarised in that title. The author of this book is very-very respected in the arena of science fiction (broadly fantasy), but these stories use such pretexts (mostly in the form of a somewhat futuristic world which is really not a very nice place to stay) only to address a very basic human emotion: the will to live a...more
Casey Hampton
Wow, Michael Swanwick is good.
This is a fantastic collection of Swanwick. It was my first introduction to his writing and his stories exceeded all expectation. What most intrigued me was the sense of reflection I had upon each story's conclusion. You know that feeling when a story sneaks up behind you and sticks its tongue in your ear and all the while you were unaware that it was even capable of doing this? Yeah, take that feeling, square it, and you'll get very close to how these stories affec...more
Adam

I agree with the title. Even when one of these stories is not to my taste I still respect the construction. Then when everything hits right I feel Swanwick can make concoctions like no else, as shown by such masterful and bizarre events like “The Very Pulse of the Machine”, “Mother Grasshopper”, and “The Dog Said Bow Wow.” The heart and soul of his work is in these short stories more than his sometimes messy novels (some of which I like a lot). One theme that he definitely handles well is the ac...more
Steve
An interesting mix of stories, but none of them totally captured my attention in the way the that sci-fi greats have. Some inventive situations never got developed as far as they might have to really break out and shine. "Scherzo With Tyrannosaur" and "Triceratops Summer" were my faves (strange that the both involve dinosaurs...), with really interesting takes on time-travel and the havoc it might wreak. Also, I'm by no stretch a prude, but many of the stories contained sex scenes that were not...more
K. Axel
I admit it... I haven't read all the stories in this wonderful anthology, however, what I've read so far is... very good! I especially like the following stories; the Edge of the World, The Dog Said Bow Wow and A Midwinter's Tale.

These are stories with a twist, so always expect the unexpected.
Jennie
I was already in love with the elegance of "Hello, Said the Stick," with "Triceratops Summer" and "The Dog Said Bow-wow," all of which I'd read elsewhere, but found most of the other stories in this book more heavy-handed, less original.
Nick
I really enjoy Micheal Swanwick's quirky sense of humor and the rampant creativity that comes through in all of these stories. I'd read some of them before but was more than happy to read them again.
Mike Klein
Nice of collection of short stories. Some feel a little dated but good none the less
Chris
Pretty good. Again, I'd read a few before.
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