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More filters. Sort order. Jul 06, Anthony rated it really liked it Shelves: lgbtqia , science-fiction , fantasy , horror , short-story-collections-anthologies , steve-berman , rick-bowes. I'm lucky enough to have an ARC of Wilde Stories , and I'm making my way through it so I can have a review up before the August publication date.
This time he's drawn from a variety of anthologies and magazines to compile 14 stories with strong gay characters at the center of the action. The stories skew heavily to the fantasy and horror qua I'm lucky enough to have an ARC of Wilde Stories , and I'm making my way through it so I can have a review up before the August publication date. The stories skew heavily to the fantasy and horror quadrants of the speculative fiction map; possibly there were just not that as many hard-sf stories with gay characters to choose from.
I liked both stories the first time I read them, and liked them equally as well reading them again. Barzak's tale is great YA fiction with a straight female narrator talking about her older gay brother and his new boyfriend; Shipp's story is classic bizarro fiction that makes my brain hurt in a good way.
Possibly my favorite story in the collection was Laird Barron's "Mysterium Tremendum.
That novel is not perfect, but what lingers with me years after reading it is the sense of what I can only call "claustroagoraphobia. For this story alone, pick up this collection. Sandra McDonald's "Beach Blanket Spaceship" is closer to hard-sf and feels reminiscent of the scenes from where Dave is alone with HAL and he knows something is not right but can't put his finger on what. Barbara A. Barnett's "Mortis Persona" is also moving, a tale of love cut short by death and how both the departed and the left behind deal with it.
There's a tinge of horror that is highly effective, but again it's the human emotions that make the story. I'd enjoy further adventures of Messrs. Furnival and Alshott investigating the outre. I'll admit I struggled with Hal Duncan's "Oneirica.
But even this story I can't say was "bad," just that it didn't work for me as well as most of the others. Jeffrey A. Ricker's "Lifeblood" shares some ground with Alayna Dawn Johnson's tale without sharing any plot points. Overall, a book well worth picking up when it hits stands in August. Of course, as with any multi-author collection, the stories I enjoyed the most may be the ones you enjoy the least -- but don't let that stop you from checking the book out and experiencing some authors you've never read before.
View 1 comment. Dec 30, Anna Hepworth rated it it was ok Shelves: I found this book to be patchy at best, and a number of the stories have characters I really was not invested in. I like the conceit that all the stories have gay characters featuring prominently, but several of the stories themselves and the characters too where just unpleasant in ways that didn't seem to be necessary. I didn't pick the book to read gritty literary fiction, I picked it because it said "best speculative fiction", a genre I read widely in, and with great pleasure.
While there a I found this book to be patchy at best, and a number of the stories have characters I really was not invested in. While there are some great stories I do not recommend this collection to anyone. Some brief commentary on the stories: 1.