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Machine of Death by Ryan North
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Feb 12, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: science-fiction, short-stories-essays
Read in January, 2011

This book is awesome. I'm not really sure if anything else needs to be said.

It's an anthology, meaning every story is by a different author, but they're all well written, and the different takes on a central theme give the book a lot of diversity. The last few stories seemed darker, but they all involve death in some way so I suppose that's to be expected. Despite being about death, there's very little actual dying, which was a welcome surprise.

Essentially, these stories made me want to write my own, but I know it would never be as good as anything that was already included. The PDF is available for free, so go download it immediately. After reading a quarter of the book in one sitting I ordered the hard copy, because these people deserve money.
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