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Noir Fatale Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2020
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Kacey Ezell is an active-duty USAF helicopter pilot who also writes sci-fi/fantasy/alt history/horror fiction. Her first novel was a Dragon Award finalist in 2018, and her stories have been featured in Baen’s Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction compilation in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, her story “Family over Blood” won the 2018 Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Reader’s Choice Award. She writes for Baen and Chris Kennedy Publishing.
- Publisher : Baen (June 30, 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982124733
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982124731
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 1 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #572,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If none of these float your metaphorical boat, then consider yourself warned. If you have a love of noir, magic, and/or science fiction then you will likely enjoy this book and probably love at least one of the stories. Speaking only for myself, I enjoyed all of the stories, though I particularly enjoyed Ice Queen and Kuro. There is also an excellent story by Larry Corriea set in the Grimnoir setting -- which I love but found frustrating as I now want "more" stories in that setting.
Collections of short stories are hard to curate. When you combine noire and science fiction/fantasy, it is far more difficult. Noire is a style – everyone is familiar with post-world war II Los Angeles for instance. In fantasy and science fiction, the author needs to setup their universe and its rules – elevate the noire style – all within 20 or 30 pages. It is surprising that Noire Fatale managed to put together a generally solid collection. Recommended.
The Good – Some of the less famous authors wrote the best stories – especially since most of them have to craft the rules of their universe. Steve Diamond’s The Privileges of Violence is a true standout – a story that combines of horror combined with a fictionalized communist Russia. I hope Steve Diamond writes a full book in that universe.
The Bad – Most of the famous authors attempted to write their contributions to Noire Fatale in their preexisting universes. Kind of disappointing since it gives them a leg-up from their less famous counterparts. In general, I found the stories by these authors less engaging with the exception of Larry Correlia’s contribution. Since his Grimnoir Chronicles are basically noire already, a side-story was more than natural and welcome. It seems that some of these authors saved their best writing for their own books and not this one. These weaker stories are a minority of those present in this book – a minor criticism.
Hinkley Correia and Larry Correia Grimnoir story. all of them were great but this three were my fav's Excellent book well worth the read.