Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sarrantonio, Al (Ed): Red Shift

To quote the subtitle of this 2001 book 'Extreme visions of speculative fiction' are the collective aim of the short stories this anthology contains. Their length varies considerably from a page or two to around 50 pages and all are considered by the editor to be excellent offerings - otherwise he would not have included them, I suppose. I found them very variable both in style and content with the better ones very good but a number all but unreadable. That is, of course, a feature and danger of collections, especially with what is a rather disparate theme. The book of over 600 pages in paperback including the introductions did take me quite a whil to work through.

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