Review of The Golem of Deneb Seven by Alex Shvartsman
In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher for review purposes. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.
The Golem of Deneb Seven is a home run for Alex Shvartsman. This anthology of his own short stories will make you think, laugh, cry, and even groan on occasion. With each story changing moods and styles, you will be entertained in multiple ways.
I highly recommend you read this book.
Keep reading for a few thoughts on the individual stories (although a few of the titles may be longer than the thoughts).
“The Golem of Deneb Seven” A thought-provoking tale of family and different types of bravery.
“A Perfect Medium for Unrequited Love” Beautiful.
“Burying Treasure” One of my favorites, with an ECON 101 lesson included free of charge.
“Noun of Nouns” A play on words.
“Whom He May Devour” Poignant. Truth is sometimes a matter of perspective.
“Letting Go.” A different look at love.
“The Fiddle Game.” I do so enjoy a good con.
“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Monsters” #5 is my favorite.
“Islands in the Sargasso” Strength comes in many forms.
“Catalogue of Items in the Chess Exhibit at the Humanities Museum, Pre-Enlightenment Wing” A twist on how to tell a story.
“Fifteen Minutes” Scary, in a thinking sort of way.
“Masquerade Night” Another of my favorites. I enjoyed this story a lot.
“The Poet-Kings and the Word Plague” Hope springs eternal.
“Golf to the Death” Another favorite. Love and adore this wonderful story.
“Staff Meeting, As Seen by the Spam Filter” How one AI learned.
“Invasive Species” Irony abounds.
“One in a Million” Physics humor. Yes, really.
“Grains of Wheat” Is turnabout fair play?
“The Practical Guide to Punching a Nazi” You’ll love it or hate it.
“Dante’s Unfinished Business” A ghost story.
“Forty-Seven Dictums of Warfare” I didn’t see that coming.
“How Gaia and the Guardian Saved the World” Thinking outside the circle.
“He Who Watches” Aaaahhhh!
“Recall Notice” Fun in the Lovecraftian vein.
“Dreidel of Dread: The Very Cthulhu Chanukah” Very nice.
“Die, Miles Cornbloom” This one gets into your head.
“A Man in an Angel Costume” Surprising.
“Future Fragments, Six Seconds Long” A lovely twist.
“Parametrization of Complex Weather Patterns for Two Variables” Lovely.
“The Race for Arcadia” Always ask questions first.