Anthology. This was a better than average anthology, although I didn't read all of the short stories. My feminist proclivities have made an appearance...moreAnthology. This was a better than average anthology, although I didn't read all of the short stories. My feminist proclivities have made an appearance in this anthology. I only read the works by the female authors. What is extremely interesting in this anthology are the mini-biographies about each author before their short story. I usually will read the little sentence or two about the author whenever I read a book but these go into much more detail noting why the biographer feels the author fits into the space opera genre. Fascinating stuff and well worth the read.
Enchantress of Venus by Leigh Brackett. With the small biography, I knew that her work was written mostly in the 1940s and from what was said thought it would be a lot like Flash Gordon. The only thing I found Flash Gordon-ish was that the planets have breathable air. The main character is a human raised by aboriginals from Mercury so when push comes to shove he reverts back to his roots. I really enjoyed the story. As an aside, Leigh Brackett turned in the screen play for "The Empire Strikes Back" a few weeks before her death and helped write "The Big Sleep" with William Faulkner. I found that very impressive. I'm definitely going to be reading more of her stuff as this is the first time I really ever heard of her. *****
Weatherman by Lois McMaster Bujold. Miles has finally been assigned through the military but for the next 6 months he has to wait for the ship assignment, he's sent to be the weatherman at an arctic post. As usual, his "good" luck follows him. Very good story. *****
Aurora in Four Voices by Catherine Asaro. Jato has been stuck on a planet with perpetual darkness on trumped up charges just so an artist can use him as his model. Soz is there to investigate and figures out the plot. Now they have to try to escape. Although I have one of this author's books in my TBR stack, this is my actual first time reading her work. Loved it. *****
Fool's Errand by Sarah Zettel. Another first time read of this author. Dobbs is a "Fool" who is hired to break tension on board spaceships but they all are much more than that. When an AI destroys the world's online currency system and is trying to escape, the Fools try to stop it. Good story. Wish it was a little longer. I'm planning on reading the book that follows this story, "Fool's Run". ****
The Shobie's Story by Ursula K. LeGuin. Did a spaceship crew use a new method of travel or not? Okay story. ** (less)
1. Sheriff Duncan keeps hearing about people seeing lions, tigers, cheetahs all his jurisdiction. He goes...more2 stories in one book. Actually pretty good.
1. Sheriff Duncan keeps hearing about people seeing lions, tigers, cheetahs all his jurisdiction. He goes to check it out, finds poachers and then finds an injured cheetah. She's actually a shapeshifter and freaks him out at first. Eventually he finds out how she got there and they try to stop other animals from being killed.
2. Kaya has been living in the mountains for awhile after being caught and escaping from her home as a child. She's been watching these two men who come and go from a cabin near her. She's also a shapeshifter mountain lion, who is lonely. She meets the men both as the mountain lion and her human self.
I was a little worried that this might be erotica that's constant sex scenes but little story. I didn't need to worry. The author did a great job with the stories. (less)