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The Devil and the Deep by Ellen Datlow
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it was ok
bookshelves: horror-challenge-18, read-in-2018, shorties-of-fears-and-faerys

Anthologies can be a compilation of hits and misses and a little in between, sadly "The Devil and the Deep" was overpowered with misses for me. I averaged out on 2.3*, that's not good, you know. Two stories I couldn't even finish, I was too bored and life is too short.
I think though, that if you like your Horror more on the slow moving side, maybe even a little on the Lovecraftian side, you are the reader who will be much happier than me with this book. I missed a sea monster here and there, I wanted some scarier and less moody stories, I mean it is all about the balanced mix with a themed anthology and here the ship is leaning too heavily to the slogging side for my taste.

That being said, there were 2 amazing stand out stories that made it worth working my through it, coincidentally (not so coincidentally?) they were by 2 writers that I already know and like: Stephen Graham Jones and Seanan Mcguire. Holy tsunami, I loved those stories, the concepts, the play with the theme, the writing: they had it all! But 2 out of 15? The often in other reviews mentioned "Shit Happens" was for sure entertaining but fell a bit flat since I now had those high expectations. With 3 other stories I would call decent til good but that's it, there was so much not my kind of sea weed in here.

My top 3:
3) "He Sings of Salt and Wormwood" by Brian Hodge
2) "Sister, Dearest Sister, Let Me Show You to the Sea" by Seanan McGuire
1) "Broken Record" by Stephen Graham Jones

The top 3 to skip:
3) "The Tryal Attract" by Terry Dowling
2) "A Moment Before Breaking" by A.C. Wise
1) "Haunt" by Siobhan Carroll

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Reading Progress

March 20, 2018 – Shelved
March 20, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
March 22, 2018 – Shelved as: horror-challenge-18
June 11, 2018 – Started Reading
June 21, 2018 – Finished Reading
June 22, 2018 – Shelved as: read-in-2018
June 22, 2018 – Shelved as: shorties-of-fears-and-faerys

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