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666 by Peter Abrahams
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Jun 13, 2011

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bookshelves: fantasy, paranormal-romance, science-fiction, short-stories, suspense, horror, young-adult
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Like all short story anthologies, it's a mixed bag. Some of the stories are pretty effective, and some are just sort of there.

Here's the big problem with the anthology: the editorial direction. Rather, the lack thereof. There's no identified editor on this collection, and it shows. What's the point of this book? The title is 666, but none of the stories have anything at all to do with the number 666, and few enough have anything remotely demonic in them. The stories themselves have no relation whatsoever to each other. I think it's supposed to be a generic horror collection, but not all of the stories actually try to be scary. So what's the point of this collection? Because there's no editorial direction, I don't know who to recommend it for. Hardcore horror fans? They'll stumble over the paranormal romance. Fans of paranormal romance will be grossed out by Christopher Pike's story, for example. And for a YA collection, there's a strange number of non-YA stories in here. If you have wide-ranging interests, or you're willing to wade through a lot of stories that won't interest you, there are some gems in here. But it's a lot of work to get to what you like.
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