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Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology

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Twenty-six brilliant speculative fiction stories about love, and the pain that so often accompanies it. Enjoy a cornucopia of imaginative tales, wondrous settings, and unforgettable characters—such as the disillusioned time traveler who visits ancient Japan to experience a “Moment of Zen,” the young woman from planet Kiruna who can only communicate in song when the moonlet ...more
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Published December 1st 2015 by Meerkat Press, LLC
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Althea Ann
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
A very mixed bag of stories - some are great, some... not... it's really all over the place.

* A. Merc Rustad -The Sorcerer's Unattainable Gardens:
Not so much a fantasy story as a drawn-out metaphor for 'trying to get back into someone's heart,' with the sorcerer as the object of desire ensconced within a nigh-inaccessible garden. The idea is sappy and a bit trite; the writing amateurish.

** Carla Dash -A Puzzle by the Name of L:
Depressed after her fiance's death, a young woman is surprised to o
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This was a great collection. I really enjoyed the many ways that the authors talked about love gone wrong or right.  I did think the theme of the stories tied them together well. Some were in different time periods, future and past. Some were wonderfully strange, but intriguing enough for me to look up the author's other work. There are some dark stories described that definitely creeped me out too. The love in the stories reached beyond, life, death. huma
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Siobhan
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Time for a little bit of truth. The kind of truth that most people do not want to hear. I requested this anthology on NetGalley for one reason, and one reason only – because I saw Hugh Howey’s name. I love what that guy writes. I was happy to grab something that contained his work, even if was a mere handful of pages. Therefore, I jumped at it.

Of course, I was happy to read the entire thing. I am not the kind of person to pass up an entire book. I wanted to see what the other authors in the ant
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K.P. Ambroziak
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. Review cross-posted at Literary Aficionado: http://literaryaficionado.com/n/love-...

Though I’m not a linguist, I love words and their wizardly talent for surviving transmogrification, as their earliest meaning clings to their roots like a bur to bristles. Consider anthology’s Greek origin: antho, meaning “a blossom” or “flower,” as in chrysanthemum (gold flower), and logy, from the verb “to gather,” as in a collection. Eventually Latinized, antholog
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Corinna
ARC / review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review;
thanks again to the publisher, Meerkat Press.


I really like the idea of a collection of short stories about love with this interesting twist: the elements of different genres like sci-fi, fantasy, dystopia and post-apocalictic.
Like the title says, these stories don't always have an happy ending, and I appreciate this choice because I think it's a more "realistic" vision.

-The Sorcerer's Unattainable Gardens: it's a great way
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Kelly
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot - a great read!

Probably my overall favorite was "Catching On" - I like the precognition angle! Echos of Paul Atreides and Dune. Touches on the metaphysics of free will. Very good.

"Possibly Nefarious Purposes" was very funny and enjoyable. Might could adapt it into a good X-Files episode.

"Past Perfect" was great - I love stories with time loops! A darker version of "Groundhog Day".

I also really liked "Virgin of the Sands", "The Ghul", and "Favor" - all dark and disturbin
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Bob Milne
Jan 23, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf
This is an anthology I struggled with for a long time, desperately hoping that the next story would be the one to hook me, but eventually I just had to accept the fact that the very concept didn't work for me.

I'm sorry to say, but many of the stories were just poorly written, relying on narrative tricks and heavy-handed allegory to disguise the absence of well-developed plot or characters. There was one that I swear made it in my accident, with the kind of sentence structure that reminds of the
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Priya Sridhar
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Love is a battlefield, and sometimes you lose." - Sylvia, from Wander over Yonder

You win some, and you lose some in love, regardless of the genre or your gender. The tales in this anthology expound on this theme, with the losses being much harder than the victories precisely because a romantic like me craves a happy ending. Love Hurts is like a giant cup of bitter espresso

One of my writer friends has her first published short story here, and I recommend the anthology because her tale is solid
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Diane
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway.

It was my first time reading the speculative fiction genre. The stories were all unique and interesting takes on love and how sometimes it does hurt.
T. Kent
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. There were fantastic stories by Jeff VanderMeer, Karin Tidbeck, Holly Phillips who I've already read but also some new names. I especially like Mel Paisley's story and Carla Dash's story.
Sue
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was an interesting collection of short stories that you could dip in and out of. There is something for everyone in this book whatever genre of book you prefer. This book was a prize on Goodreads.
LV
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Saw a review of this on Kirkus and have to agree that it was a well-organized anthology. I was partial to the horror/weird entries such as Heart for Lucretia, Ghul, and The Boulevardier, but enjoyed all but a couple of the other stories as well.
Ripley
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Love Hurts is a collection of short stories by various authors from different cultures, which you can see in the names and events written about. There are 26 stories all dealing with various forms of love set within the science fiction and fantasy genres. These aren’t traditional love stories. They cover all forms of love: true love, familial, sibling, same sex, interracial, interspecies, platonic and more. There’s pretty much something to pique everyone’s interest.

In reading through this collec
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Lorraine
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Editors of anthologies face two big problems from the start: choosing a theme which is broad enough that the stories don’t wind up too samey, but narrow enough that it makes sense to have that particular group of stories together; and then finding enough high quality stories to fill their volume.

Has Reeks achieved this? Yes, mostly.

The theme of this anthology is clear in the title, and Reeks presents stories which cover a very broad spectrum. Most of them tend not to end well for at least some o
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J.D. Brink
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
What I like best about this collection is that you can pick up the book with just 20 minutes or so to kill and get a complete, entertaining spec-fic story. No long-term commitment. I have a hard time keeping up with a novel these days, just because it may be several days between chapters for me. But with these shorts, I get the satisfaction of a complete tale every time.

And the variety on the theme is always fun to see. They are all about some aspect of the pain of love, but experienced through
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Catty K
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed all of the stories. I was reading Summer Days and Summer Nights at the same time, another collection of short stories about love, and I found this one vastly better. For one thing, these stories average just under 10 pages, while the other collection was closer to 30. I don't read much steampunk or horror books, but it was easy to give these writers the benefit of the doubt for another 10 minutes and finish the stories I didn't like at first. Some stories are very dark and it fe ...more
tyto
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A good collection of science fiction/fantasy stories that are are related to love. As is usual with anthologies, you will like some stories better than others - the ones I enjoyed the most were 'Back to Where I Know You' by Victoria Zelvin, 'By Bargain and By Blood' by Aliette de Bodard, and of course, 'Sing' by Karin Tidbeck, who I absolutely adore (although I had already this story on Tor.com).

Honorable mentions to ''Traveler' by
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Zoe
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
If you're a fan of sci-fi/horror short stories, you should check out this anthology. Be warned: the quality and the scope of these stories run the gamut. I loved "A Heart for Lucretia," "The Woman who Sang," and "Past Perfect." Other stories were well-written but really dark and bitter, not my cup of tea. Still others employed vast amounts of gore and violence but to seemingly no real effect.

This goes without saying: don't expect many happy endings from an anthology titled "Love Hurts." Do expec
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Angela
A decent collection of short stories, all set in a science-fiction genre one way or another, and linked with the notion of 'love'.
I'm not a massive romantic literature fan, but I do love sci-fi and short stories, so was intrigued how the theme would be achieved.

As with every compilation, some stories are better than others, but there is a varied enough collection here to suit most people.

An advanced reader copy was kindly given by the publisher via Netgalley
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