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I just went back and re-read my review of Wildthyme on Top before setting out to write this. I remembered that short story collection fondly but, on re-reading the review, I discover that I picked out two really good stories and thought the rest were fine but all a bit samey, especially since most of them were literary pastiches of one kind or another.

This collection of short stories, from new publisher Obverse Books, is a less coherent and distinctive collection and (and I fear I may lose friends here) a slightly inferior one though I think, on the whole, it is broadly comparable.

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purplecat: (books)
I just went back and re-read my review of Wildthyme on Top before setting out to write this. I remembered that short story collection fondly but, on re-reading the review, I discover that I picked out two really good stories and thought the rest were fine but all a bit samey, especially since most of them were literary pastiches of one kind or another.

This collection of short stories, from new publisher Obverse Books, is a less coherent and distinctive collection and (and I fear I may lose friends here) a slightly inferior one though I think, on the whole, it is broadly comparable.

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I know I keep saying I'm going to stop buying the Bernice Summerfield books but they keep putting ones out with strong author line ups: in this case Mags L Halliday, Kelly Hale and Philip Purser-Hallard. I remain unconvinced by the three novella format. I would have welcomed more depth and complexity to each of the three stories here. But I think this is, nevertheless, the strongest Benny book I've read for a while.

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