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The Best of Michael Swanwick by Michael Swanwick
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I agree with the title. Even when one of these stories is not to my taste I still respect the construction. Then when everything hits right I feel Swanwick can make concoctions like no else, as shown by such masterful and bizarre events like “The Very Pulse of the Machine”, “Mother Grasshopper”, and “The Dog Said Bow Wow.” The heart and soul of his work is in these short stories more than his sometimes messy novels (some of which I like a lot). One theme that he definitely handles well is the acceptance of death and the many permutations this metaphysical moment can represent. But he is never gloomy even when it’s presented in something like the menacing “The Very Pulse of the Machine”, you still wonder whether this about death, an embrace, or an act of faith.
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