"Impossible Places" Alan Dean Foster

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I admit I love books of short stories. If you don't like one story, thenext is likely to be good. In this case, the next is always good, andthere are no stories not to like!

Alan Dean Foster is "light sciencefiction." There's no hard science to grasp, and his stories are aboutpeople, even if they aren't from earth. He introduces this collection bysaying that a novelist often stretches the limits in a short storybecause the time investment is small and the family is unlikely tostarve if the story doesn't sell. Some of these stories were written forparticular anthologies, and some were rejected. That's the mostinteresting of all, to me. I like seeing what gets rejected when writtenby a man whose books fill a shelf at the local bookstore.

Each of the stories is engrossing, and, yes, some are gross, too. Butalmost all of them turn something on its head. The perspectives aredifferent, and the twists are wonderful. If you enjoy odd twists, Iwould recommend "The Road." Very, very funny when the twist is revealed,and exceedingly interesting up to there.

All in all, one of my favorite authors wrote a wonderful book of shortstories. Highly recommended, if you like light science fiction.

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