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Vivisepulture by Wayne Simmons
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Jan 18, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: anthology, fantasy
Read in January, 2012

Messy, sloppy, and uneven, but what do you want for a buck? This seems to be Kindle-only so far, and that's why I got it.

The selections I found most worthwhile were Eric Brown's odd SF/fantasy "Bukowski on Mars" and Jeffry Thomas' story of an angel trapped in a semi-destroyed Hell in "The Lost Family". Some of the stories, true to the blurbs are gross, or horrifying, or macabre, but then you hit the cute little intelligent machine story "Wind Project NX104" by Jordan Reyne and the sort of Gernsbackian time travel/alt history "Wunderwaffe". The overall feel is that the editor(s) stuffed whatever they could get into the volume pretty much just to meet a deadline or a planned page count. The stories by Remic (who wrote the Introduction) and Smith (the editor) in particular read like the first chapters of longer works - all setup and no payoff.

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