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reviewed In Light of Shadows: More Tales by Iz.... January 04, 2013
In Light of Shadows: More Tales by Izumi Kyoka
The Meiji Era was fertile ground for some of the greatest Japanese minds of the 20th century, such as classic writers such as Natsume Soseki, Koda Rohan, and Ogai Mori. Izumi Kyoka is another one of those …
reviewed Short Stories of Earl Staggs: Mystery.... June 20, 2011
Short Stories of Earl Staggs: Mystery Fiction From Hardboiled To Humor
   Featuring sixteen stories written by Earl Staggs, this collection of previously published short stories is a very good one. While the works range in style from cozy to hardboiled noir, you …
reviewed The Other Side. November 16, 2010
The Other Side
   Seven stories explore what happens when life turns out the way we never thought it would. For many characters, this dead-ends into a "teleology of despair." Finan's mood's …
reviewed box of lies. November 08, 2010
box of lies
I've read Mark LaFlamme's work before, so I thought I knew what I was in for with his BOX OF LIES. Shivers at the back of my neck, furtive glances over my shoulder, a sinking feeling in the …
reviewed The Channel: Stories From L.A.. October 21, 2010
THE CHANNEL: Stories From L.A.
As the cover states, THE CHANNEL: Stories From L.A. is a collection of ten stories based in the Los Angeles area "from the 1950s to the not-too-distant future." And what a gripping collection …
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection
I read this collection in late 1992, but just recently, when I was flipping back through my Daytimer looking for some other information, I discovered that I had written notes on the stories. For some …
Tesseracts Thirteen: Chilling Tales of the Great
Here is another group of imaginative tales from the Great White North. Because of the number of this volume, 13, this book focuses on horror and dark fantasy stories.    The world …
reviewed Stories: All-New Tales. July 02, 2010
Stories: All-New Tales
Stories is an anthology of fiction - but that is where the similarity of the stories contained in this book end. Some ring more of fantasy, some lean towards straight fiction, and a few defy easy categorization. …
reviewed Stories: All-New Tales. June 25, 2010
Stories: All-New Tales
I love short stories that give me a sample of other authors writing style.  There have been several times that I have purchased a collection of short stories or an anthology and ended up getting …
reviewed Stories: All-New Tales. June 17, 2010
Stories: All-New Tales
The introduction to these stories tells how the editor was asked to provide a pithy quote for a library wall. His choice: "And then what happened?"    These stories have been chosen …
reviewed Selected Short Stories William Dean H.... December 02, 2008
Selected Short Stories Wm. Dean Howells
It's hard to believe that Howells was a contemporary of Mark Twain. They seem to belong to different centuries: Twain to ours and Howells to Abraham Lincoln's. Howell's voice sounds necessarily a bit …
Pros: Engaging stories, artful language.     Cons: Some explicit scenes that can be painful.     The Bottom Line: I would only recommend this for the mature reader, …
reviewed Dreams Underfoot. January 01, 2002
Dreams Underfoot 1ST Edition Books
Pros: Stunning blend of fact and fantasy     Cons: None!     The Bottom Line: Thought provoking and gritty enough for those who don't fancy fantasy literature and …
reviewed Winds Twelve Quarters: Stories. August 16, 2001
Winds Twelve Quarters Books
Pros: Marvelously descriptive, imaginative and varied work. Stands up to repeated reads.     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: An intriguing introduction to LeGuin …
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