I know, I know. I always preface these reviews with “I don’t really like anthologies but–” Well, I decided to give this one a shot and I was very disappointed in most of the stories in this book. I read about two-thirds of the stories and skipped the rest. The ones I read I didn’t really like much. EXCEPT. EXCEPT!! The last story, which is coincidentally where the title from the book came from. The last story is a good one and it gave me such mixed feelings over the mother character when I realized what exactly happened. A very good story, a very poor collection of stories overall.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for writing an honest review.
Anthologies are always so difficult to rate and review without going piece by piece, which I refuse to do. But as always I will do my best with this review.
This book started off with a bang- the first story was my favorite in the entire book (“The Man In Gray”). It was so beautifully heartbreaking. I also really enjoyed “3 A.M. in the Mesozoic Bar”- so much, in fact, that I sound myself wishing it was a full length book and not just a short story. Other stories that I liked so much I feel the need to single them out are “Of Finest Scarlet Was Her Gown” and “The Woman Who Shook The World-Tree”.
The entire first half of the book was pretty rock solid, but the more that I read the fewer stories that I truly liked. So the first half I would rate a 4/5, the second half I would rate a 2/5 leading me to my final rating of 3/5 stars. But that’s the problem with rating anthologies- there are a few good stories and then less good stories, and then stories that just taste like filler on my tongue.