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Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2016
Another anthology I loved. It's about alienation and 'othering' with monsters standing in as a metaphor for immigrant or marginalized communities. A lot of different angles on the topic, and I never felt like I was getting beaten on the head with the Message. Favorite stories include Cataclysm Child, Ville Merilainen, a mix of Frankenstein and Iron Man, a created being works at making a family of his own. Someone's Checking You Out Right Now, S. qiouyi Lu, a very short piece, a quick punch in the form of an OKCupid profile. Righteous Anger, Lucinda Gunnin, a were story made fresh by setting it in an angelic community. Home by Hallowe'en, Michael M Jones, an interesting take on the Changeling story. To Come and Go, Jimmy Bernard, a zombie romance that touches the heart. And this is not to indicate that the rest of the stories are weak 'just filler'. This is a strong anthology.
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2016
I've really enjoyed Mad Scientist Journal's anthology series of historical accounts, I eagerly backed the last two on Kickstarter, and I think this is the strongest one to date. Every story in this urban fantasy collection is at least loosely connected by the idea of the outsider, whatever that means for the story, and they managed to put together a great variety of quality pieces. Definitely check this out! A few standout stories:
“The Woman from Kisthene” – J. C. Stearns “Home by Halloween” – Michael Jones “Someone’s Checking You Out Right Now!” – S. Qiouyi Lu “The Face on the Wall, and the Chainsaw” – Erin Sneath “A Good Head on His Shoulders” – Stuart Webb
Each of these stories offers a different take on being the 'odd person out'. All of the authors are solid. The book is presented as short stories and I savored them, saving them for a commute. One of the things that I really enjoyed about the way the book was complied was that each story had a little blurb about the author and the subject of the story at the end. I especially enjoyed Righteous Anger by, Lucinda Gunni. If urban fantasy is of interest or you are willing to take a chance on new authors, I would recommend this as a chance to sample many different voices.
This is a fine collection of outsider stories. Werewolves, vampires, changelings gorgons, jiang-shi (my favourite!) and a host of other creatures tell their stories. All the stories are told in first person, (a form often favoured by the editors) and this gives all the stories an immediacy.
Stand out stories for me were: “Nobody Was Here” – Jordan Davies “Someone’s Checking You Out Right Now!” – S. Qiouyi Lu “The Children of Echidna” – Amelia Fisher