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Life is uncertain, and the chance to get a peek into the future is so tempting... but is it really a good idea to look?

Edited by Nayad Monroe, this anthology brings together stories from a diverse group of speculative fiction writers who provide insight into the possibilities.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Alliteration Ink
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Anton Cancre
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me tell ye, bucko, there are some doozies in these pages. Some are no surprise. Alasdair Stuart opens the tome with all of the grace, intellect and pure geeky joy that makes his podcast so damn much fun. Maurice Broaddus delivers a short, smooth concoction of merged cultures, generational curses and self-determinism with prose so slick and self-assured that I kinda want to hit him. Lucy Snyder’s “Abandonment Option” is bizarre, grotesque and brutally honest while throwing a little bit of soc ...more
Lashawn
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm one of the authors in this, so I'm quite biased, but wow, this was good. Really enjoyed many of the stories in it. Nayad's put together an awesome collection looking at fate and fortune-telling. Really had fun reading it.
Chris Bauer
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow. Simply put - a very strong collection of short fiction works dealing with the theme of "reading the future" through various means.

Normally in an anthology I expect a consistent breakdown of 15-20% I simply don't care for and on the other side of the bell curve a similar number of standout works.

In "What Fates Impose" that curve is skewed WAY towards the left. In addition to the overall quality, I was impressed by the number of stories in the collection.

I get the sense there are several ta
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Julie
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What Fates Impose: Tales of Divination edited by Nayad Monroe held many enjoyable surprises for me. As suggested by title, fortune-telling is the over-arching theme that connects all the stories, many of which have a dark edge to them and share themes such as vengeance and gluttony. But there are also many stories of hope and new beginnings in the collection. I really wanted the book because of one particular story called "Charms" by Sarah Hans. The suspense and romance in that story charmed my ...more
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