For readers who enjoyed the stories and want to read more by authors with whom they may previously have been unfamiliar, the anthology helpfully includes contributor bios that reference websites and other stories and books by the authors. The entire premise of the anthology is to explore what it means to be human by allowing a variety of. In addition, he was a co-founder of the Sci-Fi Channel. Is this the right time for them to finally give in to their mutual lusts or would they go back to being superheroes? I lost track of the number of broken arms, 30 dead men, and a dead-ish duck. Still, the bittersweet ache this story arouses in my heart is a good feeling to experience, and I wouldn't change any word in this story if I were given the power to do so.
There were only a few stories that were worthwhile in this collection, but I would definitely recommend: The Mainspring of His Heart, The Shackles of His Soul - Ian Tregellis Cinderella City - Seanan McGuire The Dog-Catcher's Song - Tanith Lee The Destroyer - Kristine Kathryn Rusch I suppose looking back through the stories there were more I enjoyed than didn't, but I found some stories like The Blade of His Plow and The Very Next Day that I found cliched and trite. In it, Jeanine, who has been unable to conceive a child, decides to call on a very unlikely source of power for aid. Anyway, it was kind of sad and sweet, a good fit for the book. Can Mina help the city stop whoever it is that is trying to pull the big plug on the city? Coal stoker on a Dutch ship, makes plan to escape via the underground railroad in Quebec so that he can be made human and live out his life with the man he loves, a fellow sailor named Willem. Tumulus by Anton Strout: Every hundred years, Mongfhionn, a banshee, rises from the dead for a day and the main character Jeanine is there to take advantage of it this time, with wards to protect herself. On the whole, this is an excellent collection, and well worth reading. All of the stories here are different, unique gems whose shortness still allows great depth.
Not all the stories are happy or have happy endings. What happens when a creature, or a thing, or even an abstract concept, takes on human form for a day? Human for a Day is a theme anthology that covers various beings becoming human, corporeal, incarnate, animate, or mortal for a limited period of time. I know, I'm so shallow. Not that it was perfect, just that it was the kind that judges seem to like, from what I can see from the award nominated stories that I've been reading. Mongfhionn is suitably terrifying here. There are some weak links in this anthology, but at the end of the day, Human For A Day connects with me, makes me feel, and works up my feeling. But an original idea that I won't soon forget.
I'll go with it for the sake of the story. Overall, a well-balanced anthology with enough variety that everyone should find at least a few stories to love. What would it mean to be human or even to exist for exactly one day? Levine, and Jody Lynn Nye. So having taken a look at each of the The entire premise of the anthology is to explore what it means to be human by allowing a variety of. Tim Waggoner - Zombie Interrupted - This is more of an advertisement for his series than a real story, it felt like a tour guide of all of the different sites and creatures in Nekropolis than much of a story itself.
This one is interesting, and even disturbing in a nice way, thanks to the author's steady narrative even as the protagonist - a cat who becomes increasingly disillusioned and even bitter about how people treat his kind - becomes more violent. I close this anthology conflicted as to whether I want to scream at the author and the editors for the very sadistic act of slotting this story last, or to thank them because, the sadist that I am, I love having my emotions whipped up into a lather when I am reading. What tests would an angel face if transformed into a mortal for a day? The thought-provoking stories include the tests an angel might face if transformed into a mortal for a day, for example. One night every year, the Mad Hatter statue in a park comes to life and he can animate a few other statues to tag along with him. They didn't exactly have private latrines in those foxholes, much less in the barracks where they trained or anywhere else.
Anthologies are usually a mixed bag, but this one is better than most. Fiona Patton - The Sentry - I found it hard to believe that a young woman a girl really could masquerade as a World War I soldier for more than a day or two without being caught. One thought she was rejected and sought vengeance, but as the story unfolds--all surrounding a particular bell--the real story is unraveled. Also, unlike many themed anthologies, in Human For A Day the theme of the title is consistently carried out in all sixteen stories. Each story tackles a different aspect of the question: what if something could become human for just one day? The Sentry by Fiona Patton: I found the beginning confusing, but the rest of the story was so evocative and compelling that I could forgive that.
I don't know what it is with authors trying to end anthologies on such a downward beat, but like the book Running with the Pack, I'm sorry to say that some of the gruesome aspects in books stick harder when one of the stories sets up a death that I can empathetically feel and cannot disbelieve. The conflict between the characters was a bit predictable, duty versus freedom, responsibility versus love. Okay, those are not tears welling in my eyes, oh no. The Mainspring of His Heart, The Shackles of His Soul by Ian Tregillis: Jax is a clockwork man geased to obey any order given to him by a human. Levine - Into the Nth Dimension - It wasn't perfect, but I liked the idea of the comic book world layered underneath ours with flatter colors, and how disorienting it would be to land in our with all of the extra vibrancy.
The city of San Francisco — apparently cities become sentient after reaching a certain population density, becoming something like a guardian spirit — has been made into human. I enjoyed reading about Jax and his bittersweet ending. Jean Rabe's vigilante statues are hilarious, if a bit alarming. It felt a lot like not so well disguised fanfic of the dynamic duo. From robot slavery complete with an underground railroad to how do you spend your final hours when trapped and you know you will die? But not everyone in the family is willing to accept magic in their lives, and this one day of freedom changes everything.