A collection of mostly enjoyable and sometimes funny short stories representing a dog’s breakfast of fantasy and science fiction topics. Several Hugo winners, but that means next to nothing these days. Swanwick’s story telling is often better than his stories. The collection dragged in the later samples. Several stories feature Swanwick’s con artist duo: Darger and Surplus.
Readers beware, many of these stories would be rated R for pornographic scenes. Some are inherent in the subject many but most seem more graphic than necessary for the telling of the story. Some readers will like the porn; others won’t. You’ve been warned.