Thursday, August 23, 2012

Review: Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores

What can you say about an anthology of stories about bookstores? First of all, the subject alone is enough to draw my interest. Then the authors - Neil Gaiman, Charles de Lint, Harlan Ellison, and more - names that automatically draw my eye. The book is amazing. It is disturbing. It is wonderful. And it is thought provoking.

All the stories either take place in a bookstore or have something to do with a bookstore. What's not to love about that?

Like all anthologies, there were stories I loved (Hemingway's Kittens) and others, not so much (A Book by Its Cover - though very well written, kind of disturbing) and ones that were dark but good (The Glutton).

I received this as an ARC from NetGalley and I know for a fact that I will be adding to my must buy list.

Vicky Burkholder

Listing of stories in the anthology: 
" From the Cradle” by Gene Wolfe
“A Book by its Cover” by P.D. Cacek
“The Hemingway Kittens” by A.R. Morland
“Lost Books” by John J. Miller
“One Copy Only” by Ramsey Campbell
“Pixel Pixies” by Charles de Lint
“Blind Stamped” by Lisa Morton
“Shakespeare & Co.” by Jack Williamson
“Ballard's Books” by Gerard Houarner
“Books” by David Bischoff
“Escapes” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
“I am looking for a Book...” by Patrick Weekes
“The Glutton” by Melanie Tem
“In the Bookshadow” by Marianne de Pierres
“Non-Returnable” by Rick Hautala
“The Cheese Stands Alone” by Harlan Ellison

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