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Time and Again
Jack Finney
This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death
Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, David Malki, Nathan Burgoine, Toby W. Rush, Rhiannon Kelly, Ryan Estrada, George Page III, Chandler Kaiden, Tom Francis, Grace Seybold, D.L.E. Roger, Daliso Chaponda, John Takis, Ada Hoffmann, Rebecca Black, Karen Stay Ahlstrom, Gord Sellar, M
By Blood We Live - Kevin J. Anderson, Tanith Lee, Garth Nix, Anne Rice, Eric Van Lustbader, Jane Yolen, Tad Williams, Michael Marshall Smith, Nancy Kilpatrick, Carrie Vaughn, Barbara Hambly, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Catherynne M. Valente, Norman Partridge, Brian M. Stab I'm having a hard time figuring out how to rate this. On the one hand, I can look at it objectively and see that it contains a lot of quality vampire stories, with a wide variety of takes on what makes a vampire, and what makes a human. On the other hand, I just could not focus on any of the stories, to the point where they sort of all blended together in some strange vampiric world. Except for the ones I'd read previously, like Neil Gaiman's and Stephen King's. Those I reread just to enjoy them. The most interesting thing about this anthology, I thought, was seeing each author's take on vampires - why people are so fascinated by them, why some people prefer they remain monsters and others like the romantic aspects of them. Each author has a different and perfectly plausible take on the myth. I'm going to compromise and give this guy three stars, and hope that I can focus a bit better on the next book on my list.