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Ramshead Jones has a billionaire father, a dysfunctional family, and a shocking secret nestled in the hedge maze in his backyard: Earth’s only portal to hundreds of other realities. When Ramshead’s unwitting father decides to rip the hedge maze out, Ramshead is forced to use dangerous magic to move the portal before it’s destroyed, too—unless the deadly maze of other famil ...more
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Published January 16th 2018 by Pink Narcissus Press
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Devann
I received a free copy of this book from LibraryThing

So I made an effort to read the first few stories in this anthology, but after that I pretty much did a lot of skimming because I just could not get into it at all. There's nothing necessarily wrong with this book. I mean it's well written and there are no obvious glaring grammatical errors that I noticed, but I just could not pay attention when I was trying to read it. I think it's because I want to know what a story is about before I read it
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Wendy S. Delmater
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
KJ Kabza seems to specialize in altered states, dream states, and has a range from flights of fancy to gut-wrenching terror. I have to say I really liked the black-and-white, full-page pen-and- ink illustrations, which were enticements to read on.

We begin with “The Leafsmith in Love,” a charming clockpunk story with a bit of alchemy and magic thrown in at the right places. I enjoyed it. Usually a collection starts with the best story, so I was almost prepared to be disappointed by the next one.
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Melissa
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got this book for free as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. Now that I've gotten that out of the way..

This book was amazing. It's been a long time since I've given a book of short stories a try because I've been burned by them in the past. These stories were all so vastly different. They went from bittersweet to hopeful to freaking weird to mind blowing to so surreal that I begin to question my own reality. I can't recommend this book enough - just prepare to think to yourself
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Ian Mathers
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, rt
Kind of picked this one on a whim, and was actually really pleasantly surprised. Here's a place I'm sad it's taken me so long to get to these, especially now that my energy and memory are both being messed with by post-surgery recovery, because I have strong impressions of lots of these stories, but can't remember the names to refer you to them, or what have you. I do know that many of these stories sketch out surprisingly well-formed worlds in their brief lives that I would love to see many of ...more
Pratibha Pandey
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
When the very first story makes you feel mushy in a very nice way ,you have some hopes from the book. And then the author takes you on all sort of feeling rideswith views as varied as you can imagine. This book redefined Sci fic for me in a way that I can like this genre too. Every story was a delight to read the setting and still so close to real feelings and reactions. good research has been done in places and other areas are shining with brilliant writing.
Maurizio Codogno
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
[Note: I got the book via the Early Reviewers program of LibraryThing]

The short stories in this book are quite strange. I am not sure where to put them: it's a mix between sci-fi and fantasy with a good part of horror, at least in the first stories. I found some of them a bit disturbing, but this is a problem of mine; the prose is quite good and Kabza is really able to set up the atmospheres, even if sometimes the endings are disappointing. Among the stories, I liked The Ramshead Algorithm, the
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Mark Moxley-Knapp
Sub-par fantasy shorts. Didn't finish. Maybe it's just not my thing. ...more
Jerard Fagerberg
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5. really incredible imagination at work. It's almost disorienting to be transported to Kabza's many worlds, all of them full of their own languages and customs. A true hulk of creativity. ...more
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KJ Kabza began selling short fiction in 2002, while earning his B.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch College. Since then, he has sold over 70 stories to places such as F&SF, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, THE YEAR’S BEST DARK FANTASY AND HORROR 2014, THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, VOLUME SIX, and more. His work has been called, “Intelligent and sublime—a powerful combination” (Tang ...more

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