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The Anything Box by Zenna Henderson
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May 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: other-times, other-places, other

I often find short story collections unsatisfactory, but Zenna Henderson has created a collection of short stories that have a linking theme to them, well a similar timbre and threads that run from one story to the other - alien worlds, familiar emotions, dislike of small children, the clarity of vision of children untainted by adult preconceptions and limitations. About half of the stories have sad or terrifying stings in the tail, and as many have optimistic or warm-feeling inducing endings. Some leave one in some suspense, but all have a satisfactory rounded feeling to them.
One always knows what to expect in her writing, but also she is also always capable of exciting and surprising the reader.
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