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Shoggoths in Bloom and Other Stories by Elizabeth Bear
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Sep 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: netgalley, ebook, 2012, anthology, fantasy, science
Read from September 23 to 28, 2012

I received this gratis e-ARC through the publisher on NetGalley.

I'm very familiar with Elizabeth Bear's work. I have followed her blog for many years, read several of her books, and a number of her short stories. It turned out that I had already read about 1/3 of the stories in this anthology--but I didn't mind in the least. I connect much more with her shorter work than I do her novels, and it was a joy to re-read her masterful work such as "Tideline," "Shoggoths in Bloom," and "The Girl Who Sang Rose Madder."

I also appreciated that the anthology introduced me to unfamiliar stories. There were three stand-outs that were future-set police mystery stories, relying heavily on new technology and dire economical and environmental constrictions on society. My favorite of these was, "In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns," set in India; if talking, genetically-altered cats were available, you better believe I'd go buy one.

Bear's work is solid. Even if a story didn't grab me, none of the featured works were bad, and all were worth finishing. This is an excellent anthology for those seeking out quality, contemporary speculative short fiction.
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