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Black Cranes by Lee Murray
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really liked it

As the excellent forward by Alma Katsu reminds us, there is a natural pairing of Asian women and horror and this collection doesn't disappoint. As with all anthologies, with various authors, some will stick more with you than others, and there is a great assortment here, from near fantasy to straight horror, with some sci fi elements as well.

A particular highlight for me was Phoenix Claws, a super horror that blends the taut seriousness of family acceptance and the cultural significance of food. It really keeps a great pace throughout and stood out in this stellar collection. This alone is worth the purchase.

At the other end, style wise, Fury wraps up a what starts as a fairly familiar zombie story with a great female protagonist into a great thought provoking ending. As she overcomes the odds, is the goal she is aiming for what she is expecting?

There's even a nod to the Cluthu mythos in Truth Is Order and Order Is Truth which is a great cosmic mythology based short, another highlight.

Kapre, a love story was almost like a fever dream in reading. Beautiful writing.

Finally, without wanting to mention every story, A PET IS FOR LIFE has a great twist at the end, which really I should have seen coming but I was too wrapped up in the story to notice. Just what I look for in a short.

I am fairly naive on the Asian culture, so was very keen to read something different, and I really enjoyed this collection. Would really recommend it.

I am grateful for the Editor who gave me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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August 31, 2020 – Started Reading
August 31, 2020 – Shelved
August 31, 2020 –
September 2, 2020 – Finished Reading

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