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Red Dust and Dancing Horses: And Other Stories

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This debut collection from Nebula-nominated author Beth Cato brings together works that span history and space, a showcase of vividly imagined speculative stories that range from introspective and intense to outright whimsical. Here you'll find the souls of horses bonded into war machines of earth and air, toilet gnomes on the rampage, magical pies, a mad scientist mother, ...more
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Kate Swed
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beth Cato assembled a real masterpiece of a collection here. The stories are varied and surprising, and Cato is one of those amazing authors who can really deliver on great (and often delightfully strange) concepts.

Even with my favorite authors, I often find collections to be uneven; but I can honestly say I enjoyed every one of these tales.

Some of my favorites!

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Kittens. In. Space. Ok, it sounds silly, but this story has been echoing in my heart ever since I read it. Maybe my favorite?
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T. Frohock
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advance reading copy of this anthology over the summer and just loved it. For the record, I do know Beth; however, if you know me, you know I only put my name/review on books that I love. This is one such book:

With Ray Bradbury's poignant charm, Beth Davis Cato explores the resilience of the soul in this versatile collection of stories. Interspersed with haunting poetry, tales of Steampunk horses, a sole survivor drifting in space, colonies on Mars, and toilet gnomes are just a fe
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Stacey Kondla
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I received an ARC from Fairwood Press in exchange for an honest review.
This is a beautiful and fairly eclectic compliation of short stories. I took my time with one, reading a short story here and there, when I could give it attention, and read the story start to finish. I'm glad I did. Though the stories are speculative fiction by nature, they are diverse and could hit a variety of readers very differently. I thoroughly enjoyed they short story "Red Dust and Dancing Horses"! It evoked the feeli
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Melody
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
It started out sad but hopeful. All the stories are variations of dystopian societies mostly grim futuristic ones.
I got to page 208. The stories became increasingly dismal and disgusting. The last one made me cry. Too many disturbing, depressing stories for me.
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Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved these si-fi/fantasy/steampunk/apocalyptic stories and poems. Cato is a good writer who made me like things I wasn't sure I would like: Steampunk horses? They were great! Toilet gnomes? What fun! There are even five "Culinary Magic" stories for foodies.
One of my favorites in this collection, Roots, Shallow and Deep, is set in Hanford, California during the same period as a novel I've been struggling with for a couple of months -- The Octopus: A Story of California by Frank Norris. This stor
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Jeremy Brett
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beth Cato's first collection is an exquisite assemblage of work. Broadly thematic (horses, post-apocalypse, ...ummm...pie), her pieces are beautiful jewels of sadness, of heart, of joy, and of the simple truths about being human. Her words are gorgeous, her stories miracles.
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Beth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham.

She's the author of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER (a 2015 Locus Award finalist for First Novel) and THE CLOCKWORK CROWN (an RT Reviewers' Choice Finalist) from Harper Voyager. He
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