Review of UFO 6

Review of Unidentified Funny Objects 6

Review of Unidentified Funny Objects 6 edited by Alex Shvartsman

Unidentified Funny Objects 6 was yet again a tremendous success. Each volume keeps getting better.

What is my definition of success, you may ask?

(You can skip this part if you have read any of my previous short story compilation reviews.)

To me, a short story compilation is akin to one of those giant bags of mixed candy you buy for Halloween. Some of what you get are your favorite kind, some are exceptionally good (just not your favorite), some are OK (but still candy, so pretty darn good), and some are awful because you can’t stand the flavor but you know other people love them anyway. And occasionally it includes one or two kinds of candy even the kids won’t touch.

With that in mind, I consider any short story collection to be a success if at least 3 or 4 stories fall into the first two categories of favorite or exceptionally good, and one (or better, none) fall into the even the kids won’t touch it category.

 

Unidentified Funny Objects 6 was a tremendous success. Eighteen (18!!) of the 20 stories were either favorites or exceptionally good. You really can’t ask for more than that.

The stories’ humor ranged from laughing so hard I couldn’t read because the book was shaking, to snickering uncontrollably, to smiling softly.

None of the stories was of the “even the kids won’t touch it” variety or the “I can’t stand the flavor” pile.

My favorite story was “Approved Expense” by David Vierling. I would give it 5 stars plus. If you have ever had to submit or approve an expense report it will seem even funnier.

My other 5-star stories included “A Game of Goblins” by Jim C. Hines, “Twenty-Nine Responses to Inquiries About My Craigslist Post: Alien Spaceship for Sale. $200, You Haul” by Tina Connolly, “An Evil Opportunity Employer” by Lawrence Watt-Evans, and “Lost and Found” by Laura Resnick.

Highly recommended. If you need a laugh, go buy this book.

Short thoughts on each story without spoilers:

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Unidentified Funny Objects 6
Edited by Alex Shvartsman

Funny Horror

Review of Funny Horror

Review of Funny Horror edited by Alex Shvartsman

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent a pre-release copy of this book by the publisher for beta reading purposes. Funny Horror was a delightful success.

What is my definition of success, you may ask?

(You can skip this part if you have read any of my previous short story compilation reviews.)

To me, a short story compilation is akin to one of those giant bags of mixed candy you buy for Halloween. Some of what you get are your favorite kind, some are really good (just not your favorites), some are OK (but still candy, so pretty darn good), and some are awful because you can’t stand the flavor but you know other people love them anyway. And occasionally it includes one or two kinds of candy even the kids won’t touch.

With that in mind, I consider any short story collection to be a success if at least 3 or 4 stories fall into the first two categories of favorite or really good, and one (or better, none) fall into the even the kids won’t touch it category.

Funny Horror was a delightful success. Fifteen of the 18 stories were either favorites or really good. Seven were favorites. I think this is a record for me.

None of the stories were of the even the kids won’t touch it variety, and only two stories merited the “I can’t stand the flavor” pile.

My favorite stories were “Howl!” by Jody Lynn Nye, “Something Virtual This Way Comes” by Laura Resnick, “No Children, No Pets” by Esther Friesner, “43 Responses to ‘In Memory of Dr. Alexandra Nako’” by Barbara A. Barnett, “Happily and Righteously” by Larry Hodges, “The Story of Emily and Control” by Scott Alexander, and “Final Corrections” by M. Bennardo.

Highly recommended. If you need a laugh, go buy this book.

 

I give it 5 stars.

 

Short thoughts on each story:

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Funny Horror
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Review of Funny Fantasy edited by Alex Shvartsman

In the interests
of full disclosure, I was sent a pre-release copy of this book by the publisher
for beta reading purposes.


Funny Fantasy was a fabulous success.

 What is my
definition of success, you may ask?

To me, a short
story compilation is akin to one of those giant bags of mixed candy you buy for
Halloween. Some of what you get are your favorite kind, some are really good
(just not your favorites), some are OK (but still candy, so pretty darn good),
and some are awful because you can’t stand the flavor but you know other people
love them anyway. And occasionally it includes one or two kinds of candy even
the kids won’t touch.

With that in
mind, I consider any short story collection to be a success if at least 3 or 4
stories fall into the first two categories of favorite or really good, and one (or
better, none) fall into the even the kids won’t touch it category.

Eleven (11!!) of
the 14 stories were either favorites or really good.

I laughed out loud,
I chortled quietly to myself, I stayed up too late, and I had to read more than
a few of the stories twice because I forgot I was supposed to be checking for
typos the first time through them.

I also discovered
an author whose books I have not yet read. Major bonus points for any
anthology.

None of the
stories were of the even the kids won’t touch it variety, and only one story merited
the “I can’t stand the flavor” pile.

My favorite
stories were “Dave the Mighty Steel-Thewed Avenger” by Laura Resnick, “Crumbs”
by Esther Friesner, “A Mild Case of Death” by David Gerrold, and “Fairy Debt”
by Gail Carriger.

Highly recommended.
If you need a laugh, go buy this book.

I give it 5 stars.

(See rating system at http://tmblr.co/Zb30ArqLsiRe )

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