Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores

by Greg Ketter | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 1607013584 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 10/2/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, October 02, 2012
How could I resist this bookstore-themed fantasy/SF/horror anthology - especially when its contributors include Ramsey Campbell, Harlan Ellison, Gene Wolfe, and Charles de Lint, to name a few? There's an introduction by Neil Gaiman as well.

There's a good mix of stories here, some with an SF twist, some quite dark, and others with just a hint of something not-quite-natural. And all of them are thoroughly tied up with bookstores, whether of the "find the perfect book" kind or the "be careful what you wish for" kind! The editor describes his own experiences running bookstores, and there's an introduction by Neil Gaiman in which he describes four bookshops that were notable in his own life (worth reading the book for that alone).

I enjoyed the whole selection, but my favorite stories include: Gene Wolfe's "From the Cradle", with a very special book binding people across time; P. D. Cacek's "A Book, By Its Cover", which features a bookshop burned out during Kristallnach, but which has some very unusual properties; A. R. Morlan's "The Hemingway Kittens," which presents several delightful bookstore cats - including a pair of polydactyl kittens who are more than they seem; John J. Miller's "Lost Books", where someone atones for an ancient wrong; Ramsay Campbell's "One Copy Only," about the kind of bookstore that contains books that should have been written but weren't (with some rather snide descriptions of an author who chose popularity over writing what he loved); David Bischoff's "Books", where a greedy bookshop visitor who only sees books for their resale value goes delving a bit too deep; Nina Kiriki Hoffman's "Escapes," where an abused wife finds sanctuary in a very unusual bookshop indeed, and where "write your own ending" books are available if you know where to look; and Harlan Ellison's "The Cheese Stands Alone," where a man stumbles into a bookshop where people can find exactly what they want to know - only sometimes it turns out they didn't really want to know it...

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (3/27/2013 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I'm putting this book in the Books about books bookbox, which will be on its way to its next stop today. Hope someone enjoys it!

Journal Entry 3 by debnance at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas USA on Saturday, April 05, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (4/5/2014 UTC) at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas USA


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