Sunday, August 31, 2008

Dreaming Again - Jack Dann

A good original anthology, especially given the 3.51 average. Not as good as Dream Down Under though, which was well into the 3.6+ range. There seems to be less SF here and a few more bland fantasy examples that are really only average, as compared to the first book. The better material would appear to be found in the darker fantasy stories - there is no zombie shortage in this anthology, for one.

One really interesting find is the last John Grimes story, by A. Bertram Chandler. Definitely a good one, and apparently actually bought many years ago by one of the authors in this book. Well done for publishing this.

Another bonus of course, given the Australian theme, is there is zero need to alter the scenery or dumb down the language in general for the insular American market. Certainly many of the writers (Nahrung, Dart-Thornton, Fischer, Jamieson, Lanagan etc.) appear to have relished the opportunity to approximate how people they are familiar with talk.

Each story has an introduction that is generally handled pretty well.

A book well worth reading.


Dreaming Again : Old Friends - GARTH NIX
Dreaming Again : A Guided Tour In the Kingdom of the Dead - RICHARD HARLAND
Dreaming Again : This Is My Blood - BEN FRANCISCO and CHRIS LYNCH
Dreaming Again : Nightship - Kim Westwood
Dreaming Again : The Fooly - TERRY DOWLING
Dreaming Again : Neverland Blues - ADAM BROWN
Dreaming Again : The Jacaranda Wife - A. G. SLATTER
Dreaming Again : The Constant Past - SEAN MCMULLEN
Dreaming Again : The Forest - KIM WILKINS
Dreaming Again : Robots and Zombies Inc. - LUCY SUSSEX
Dreaming Again : This Way to the Exit - SARA DOUGLASS
Dreaming Again : Grimes and the Gaijin Daimyo - A. BERTRAM CHANDLER
Dreaming Again : Lure - PAUL COLLINS
Dreaming Again : The Empire - SIMON BROWN
Dreaming Again : Lakeside - CHRISTOPHER GREEN
Dreaming Again : Trolls’ Night Out - JENNY BLACKFORD
Dreaming Again : The Rest Is Silence - AARON STERNS
Dreaming Again : Smoking Waiting For the Dawn - JASON NAHRUNG
Dreaming Again : The Lanes of Camberwell - CECILIA DART-THORNTON
Dreaming Again : Lost Arts - STEPHEN DEDMAN
Dreaming Again : Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh - JASON FISCHER
Dreaming Again : Europa - CECILY SCUTT
Dreaming Again : Riding On the Q-ball - ROSALEEN LOVE
Dreaming Again : In From the Snow - LEE BATTERSBY
Dreaming Again : The Lost Property Room - TRUDI CANAVAN
Dreaming Again : Heere Be Monsters - JOHN BIRMINGHAM
Dreaming Again : Purgatory - ROWENA CORY DANIELLS
Dreaming Again : Manannan’s Children - RUSSELL BLACKFORD
Dreaming Again : The Fifth Star in the Southern Cross - MARGO LANAGAN
Dreaming Again : Twilight in Caeli-Amur - RJURIK DAVIDSON
Dreaming Again : Paradise Design’d - JANEEN WEBB
Dreaming Again : The New Deal - TRENT JAMIESON
Dreaming Again : Conquist - DIRK STRASSER
Dreaming Again : The Last Great House of Isla Tortuga - PETER M. BALL
Dreaming Again : Perchance To Dream - ISOBELLE CARMODY

Giant post-espresso Valkyrie chop-chop planting.

4 out of 5


Got a terminally dry throat, here.

3.5 out of 5


Bloody eagle worship, I tell ya.

3.5 out of 5


Should have racked off you little bleeder.

3 out of 5


I'm an Individual ... err.. and apparently you can.

4 out of 5


Jacko post-Bad.

3 out of 5


Silent shagge selkiesque surprise.

3 out of 5


Time traveller self-publishing shoot through.

3.5 out of 5


Gingerbread incest kickarse witch cook.

3 out of 5


Political planning going to pieces.

3.5 out of 5


Pict out of the tunnel.

3.5 out of 5


Kitty Kelly gets one last tall tale of time travel out of Commodore John Grimes.

4 out of 5


Avatar snuff virus housekeeping sting.

4 out of 5


All the worlds a red weedy Martian stage. Aah-choo! Curtains!

4 out of 5


Dead baby suckers.

2.5 out of 5


Wolf-man, you get on my tits. I think I'll take the stone-cut babe instead.

3.5 out of 5


Bash and crash spooky.

3.5 out of 5


Vampire Hunter reunion family Commission omission.

4 out of 5


Circuit city, buttercup.

3.5 out of 5


Sent to Turing art appreciation Coventry.

4 out of 5


Armed robbery murder drongo pair's danish loot discovery turns into dromedary desolation big honking hump horror escape failure.

4.5 out of 5


Sea phobia not a load of bull.

3 out of 5


Troubleshooter a little galactic.

3 out of 5


I'm your daddy.

4 out of 5


Any brolly will do.

3 out of 5


Watkins-Tench future zombie expedition.

3.5 out of 5


Religious mania removal virus vector removal.

3.5 out of 5


The very old Irish, not so boring.

3 out of 5


The pure spoof, a bit of an earner, mate.

3.5 out of 5


Flower power notes.

4 out of 5


Dino Eden raptor run.

3.5 out of 5


Gods, can't trust them. Either way, they rip your guts out.

4 out of 5


Duende dwarf greed a gold dunk.

3.5 out of 5


Dead whore girltalk.

4 out of 5


Accidentally lucid, at length.

3 out of 5




4 out of 5

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