The Apex Book of World SF

by Lavie Tidhar | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0982159633 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 7/18/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, July 18, 2017
I found this good-condition softcover at a local thrift shop. It's a collection of SF stories from around the world. Among my favorites:

S. P. Somtow's "The Bird Catcher," about a lonely boy in post-WWII Thailand who crosses paths with a dangerous killer who has a very particular purpose in what he does. (For extra creepy points, this one's inspired by a real-world killer whose body was preserved in the Songkran Niyomsane Museum of Forensic Medicine.)

"Wizard World" by Yang Ping involves players addicted to a Zork-like online game, only to have things get very weird indeed when someone uses a tiny loophole in the code to hack the accounts of the recently-slain.

"The Kite of Stars" by Dean Francis Alfar is a romantic fable about - well, expectations vs. dreams, with the perils of being TOO focused on a goal to think about the ramifications. It's rather dreamy and poetic, and also quite melancholy. I liked it.

Nir Yaniv's "Cinderers" is a stark and stylized tale of art and arson and murder, very chilling.

Kristin Mandigma's "Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang" is a short-short story from the viewpoint of the titular aswang, a particularly gruesome monster from Filipino folklore, who is writing in response to a suggestion that she create a story for a speculative-fiction anthology. Turns out she's a revolutionary and wants nothing to do with pandering to the tastes of Western fantasy geeks {wry grin}.

"Elegy" by Mélanie Fazi features a bereft mother pleading for her lost children to be returned to her - with a gradual reveal as to where she believes they've gone and what she's addressing her pleas to...

And more - an intriguing collection!

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, May 03, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (5/4/2018 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm adding this to the Otherworldly bookbox, which will be on its way to its next stop soon. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Tuesday, June 05, 2018
I picked this out of the Otherworldly Bookbox. Looking forward to reading this collection of short stories.

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