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I rarely buy these anthologies, but a friend had a story in it, so I bought the collection to read hers. When I was done with that, I began reading cover to cover and was surprised--and gratified--that nearly every story was of the same high quality. Some of these stories are well worth the price of the book by themselves, so an entire collection of them adds up to a great read at a great price. It's a great read by itself, but more than that, it's introduced me to new authors (not new to the business of writing, clearly, but new as in I didn't know about them) and I expect to mine those names for some excellent new reads going forward.
I really enjoyed this anthology. Some of the stories I'd read years ago, but there were quite a few new stories as well. All of the stories, whether old or new, kept my interest. You can read my full review over on MySF Reviews.
I bought this book at a conference. Wow! There are a lot of beautiful and moving stories in here, and some just for fun! Editor Worthen did a good job of choosing a fine range of stories, and included several stories about different cultures and peoples. My favorites include Seven Stars, Soul Walls, and Cry the Name of David. Most of these authors I had never heard of, but I will be searching out more of their work.
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2017
An amazing of collections. It's wonderfully eclectic, with stories about sci-fi, Native Americans, contemporary, and even a story about post apocalyptic Native Americans. Yet the underlying theme of the desert, as subtle as it can be at times, brings them all together into a beautifully coherent whole.