Reviewed by Caleb S.

Stories: All-New Tales is an anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. The two set out to collect stories that would make the reader ask “What happens next?”, and for the most part I would say that they were successful. Some of the stories were immediately gripping and all too short, others started with mild interest and built up to an interesting finish. Many of the contributors to the anthology are big names I’ve heard of and and the writing shows. Even the stories I didn’t like were well written.

Most of the stories were a bit on the dark side, some more than others. I found the book to be thought-provoking. I am also hoping several of the stories will be expanded to full novels.

‘Juvenal Nyx’ by Walter Mosley was about a vampire who didn’t know what he was. The portrayal of these vampires was unique in my experience, but the story was really just getting going when it ended.

‘Unbelief’ by Michael Marshall Smith was an interesting assassin story. I picked up more and more clues to who the target was and as my suspicions solidified I started to wonder how it was really going to end.

‘The Therapist’ by Jeffrey Deaver was another good one, though after reading another review, I discovered that it can be easily misunderstood. Basically, this therapist will go to any length to help ‘cure’ you. I thought it was an excellent take on a good Samaritan story; it hinted at creepy, got weird and finished strong.

Overall great writing, interesting stories, but certainly not a feel good book.

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

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