**spoiler alert** The Silent Girlfriend: Scientists discover that there is such a thing as a "soul" and that it doesn't leave, when a person dies. It s...more**spoiler alert** The Silent Girlfriend: Scientists discover that there is such a thing as a "soul" and that it doesn't leave, when a person dies. It sticks around. 4 stars.
The Goldfish: Second story in this collection. Henry's girlfriend loves him a lot and he loves her back. Too bad, one of them is a Goldfish! 2 stars.
Knock on the Noggin': What would you do, if a beautiful girl fell from the sky and told you she loved you? 3 stars.(less)
**spoiler alert** Fixing Hanover by Jeff VanderMeer: ★★ The Empire's Chief Engineer warns the villagers that the Empire might be coming for him but the...more**spoiler alert** Fixing Hanover by Jeff VanderMeer: ★★ The Empire's Chief Engineer warns the villagers that the Empire might be coming for him but they don't believe it!
The Steam Dancer (1896)by Caitlín R. Kiernan: ★★ A woman who had an arm and leg amputated and her mechanic who builds her new ones.
Icebreaker by E. Catherine Tobler: ★★★ A widow sets out to Antarctica to bury her husband.
Tom Edison and His Amazing Telegraphic Harpoon by Jay Lake: ★★★ What's the best way to kill a Nephilim? With a telegraphic harpoon, of course!
The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’s Ball by Genevieve Valentine: ★★★★ Some events from the life of a Zeppelin conductor.
Clockwork Fairies by Cat Rambo: ★★★ A man finds the wife he longs for. I kinda guessed the ending.
The Mechanical Aviary of Emperor Jala-ud-din Muhammad Akbar by Shweta Narayan: ★★★★ Mechanical birds and stories about love & revenge.
Prayers of Forges and Furnaces by Aliette de Bodard: ★★★ The old gods have all been killed, replaced by the machine gods, except for one.
The Effluent Engine by N. K. Jemisin: ★★★★ Haiti decides to win against France by using dirigibles and a woman finds love. Loved the story but the last sentence sucked.
The Clockwork Goat and the Smokestack Magi by Peter M. Ball ★★ A clockwork Goat who can tell you all the secrets of a powerful magus!
The Armature of Flight by Sharon Mock: ★★★★ Wings.
The Anachronist’s Cookbook by Catherynne M. Valente: ★★ Lunar Industry and the movement that stopped it.
Numismatics in the Reigns of Naranh and Viu by Alex Dally MacFarlane: ★★★★ How Viu defeated a king by minting coins.
Zeppelin City by Eileen Gunn & Michael Swanwick: ★★★★ Naked Brains, Zeppelins, Radios and Revolution!
The People’s Machine by Tobias S. Buckell: ★★★★ Another version of how Holmes came into being with a lot of alternate history thrown in.
The Hands That Feed by Matthew Kressel: ★★★ Two women do what they can to survive.
Machine Maid by Margo Lanagan: ★★★ A wife finds out the secrets her maid's been keeping from her.
To Follow the Waves by Amal El-Mohtar: ★★ A dream maker's dream comes true!
Clockmaker’s Requiem by Barth Anderson: ★★ A clockmaker invents a clock that would make time the same for everyone-blasphemy!
Dr Lash Remembers by Jeffrey Ford: ★★ Spores cause the line between reality and imagination to blur.
Lady Witherspoon’s Solution by James Morrow: ★★★ Drugs that could change the world.
Reluctance by Cherie Priest: ★★ Zombies and dirigibles!
A Serpent in the Gears by Margaret Ronald: ★★★ Cyborgs will take over the world.
The Celebrated Carousel of the Margravine of Blois by Megan Arkenberg: ★★★ Grief can make you stop living.
Biographical Notes to “A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Air-planes” by Benjamin Rosenbaum: ★★ The world if the East had the power to take colonies.
Clockwork Chickadee by Mary Robinette Kowal: ★★ I wouldn't mess with the Chickadee, if I were you!
Cinderella Suicide by Samantha Henderson: ★ Skipped most of it. A lot of terms thrown around and no explanation!
Arbeitskraft by Nick Mamatas: Skipped!
To Seek Her Fortune by Nicole Kornher-Stace: ★★ A mother tries to do what she thinks is best for her son.
The Ballad of the Last Human by Lavie Tidhar: ★★ A dog and a spider set out treasure hunting. (less)
**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections group, in exchange of an honest review. The book is an anthology of 3 stories and I...more**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections group, in exchange of an honest review. The book is an anthology of 3 stories and I finished it in under an hour! The first story-Best Friends- was my favorite. I loved the ending and would have given anything to witness the meeting between Riley and his owner!! Innocent until Proven was the second story which takes place in a courtroom. The person being tried for 3 murders was tricked by his shrink in to believing he's a werewolf..or was he? The third story-Skinless- was about Loup Garou. It is based on a fascinating premise. If there is a host, there will be parasites. Its how nature works. But a parasite that preys on werewolves- intriguing! Had lots of fun reading this anthology!(less)
**spoiler alert** Read the first story "Cemeteries of the Heart" which is set in a futuristic dystopian world where people are shackled to their desks...more**spoiler alert** Read the first story "Cemeteries of the Heart" which is set in a futuristic dystopian world where people are shackled to their desks at work and don't have any concept of fun. Well written and made me sad. The second was "Lullaby" which is about a guy who loses his wife to childbirth. Another sad piece. "Parting sorrows" was about a girl with serious daddy issues and a lonely old guy. Seriously creeptastic! "Aphelion"-weird! "Burn Victims"- a girl without a nose and a guy without an arm find each other. "Flaming Butterflies"-is about a man who didn't live his life to the fullest and paid for it. "Stanley" knows Sabrina is perfect for him and he'll do anything to get her to actually exist! "Taenia solium",the pork tapeworm, will take over the human race!
A good collection of stories that'll creep you out in the right way and you'll finish it in no time.(less)
**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections, in exchange of an honest review.
There are some writers..hand them anything and the...more**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections, in exchange of an honest review.
There are some writers..hand them anything and they turn it into a story..Michael Cargill is one of them.
The three stories in this anthology are simple stuff but that doesn’t make them less interesting.
The first story,”Shades of Grey”, is about John. He’s a man who works for the government and is absolutely insane.
The second story is “There and Back Again” which focuses on James who is a British soldier taking part in a war for the first time. The ambiance and the emotions of the war are described beautifully, as is the feeling of guilt and shame when a soldier is asked to retreat.
The last story is called, “Down the Rabbit Hole”, about Tom who has an abusive father whose behavior is getting worse everyday. Then Tom’s favorite toy bunny starts to talk to the kid and solves his problems its own way.
All three stories are based on characters that are flawed due to events in their past and are trying to rise above it.(less)
**spoiler alert** ★ Pickman's Other Model, Tsathoggua, A Colder War
★★ Mr. Gaunt, The Fungal Stain, Take Me To The River, Cold Water Survival,
★★★ Fair...more**spoiler alert** ★ Pickman's Other Model, Tsathoggua, A Colder War
★★ Mr. Gaunt, The Fungal Stain, Take Me To The River, Cold Water Survival,
★★★ Fair Exchange, The Vicar Of R'lyeh, The Crevasse, Bad Sushi, Old Virginia, The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft, The Oram County Whoosit, Buried In The Sky, Bringing Helena Back, The Essayist In The Wilderness, Shoggoths In Bloom, Lesser Demons, Another Fish Story
★★★★ A Study In Emerald, The Disciple, The Great White Bed, Grinding Rock, Details, Head Music, Mongoose(less)
**spoiler alert** Halloween Rain (2 stars): Jeepers Creepers meets a zombie flick. When Halloween arrives, the dead rise. Adding to the fearsome mixtur...more**spoiler alert** Halloween Rain (2 stars): Jeepers Creepers meets a zombie flick. When Halloween arrives, the dead rise. Adding to the fearsome mixture is a scarecrow possessed by the evil spirit of Samhain. Liked the humor as always but the slang used by Buffy and her friends is just weird in places. I also liked how the scarecrow seemed to instill fear into everybody, including the Slayer.
Bad Bargain (3 stars): During a sale at the High School, various creatures find their way out of the Hellmouth and attack students and teachers alike. Of course, Spike and Dru were attending the sale. Not only does Buffy have to call a truce with Spike, she also has to work with a demonic Pied Piper to send the creatures back. I loved the looks Buffy exchanged with Angel when he arrives on the scene but was disappointed we didn't get to see the couple on their date.
Afterimage (3 stars): A bit more of Angel and I loved it. Angelus' drinking buddy comes to Sunnydale and tries to feed on people's souls by putting them into comas. Cordelia's parts were written really well. My favorite out of the three.(less)