Let me begin by defending my title. I own almost every Daw Anthology and I have reviewed many of them here on Amazon. Like any other ongoing series, some installments are better than other. Unfortunately, this book has its binding planted firmly in middle ground: it is neither the best or the worst Daw has produced. Of course, like any anthology some of the stories are better than others. "Camelot's Greatest Hits" by Laura Resnick was brilliant and "My Girlfriend Fate" by Darwin A Garrison was smart and witty. Both of those stories I recommend and enjoyed immensely. "The Bones of Mammoth Malone" by Esther M Friesner is one of the best and most brilliant stories I have ever read and it is well worth the money you will spend on this novel just to read this story (but don't read it anywhere you have to be quiet because you WILL laugh out loud. But many of the other stories left me flat. A complete list of the stories is:
**Ascent by Julie E. Czerneda **Approaching Sixty by Mike Resnick and Barry N Malzberg **But World Enough by Sarah A Hoyt **Consigned by Alan Dean Foster **My Girlfriend Fate by Darwin A. Garrison **A Rat's Tale by Barbara Nickless ** The Bones of Mammoth Malone by Esther M Friesner **Death and Taxes by Kristine Kathryn Rusch **Fate Dogs by Rober A Hoyt **The Man With One Bright Eye by Jay Lake **A Tapestry of Souls by Paul Crilley **The Final Choice by Irene Radford **The Prophecy of Symon the Inept by Rebecca Lickiss **Choice of the Oracles by Kate Paulk **Camelot's Greatest Hits by Laura Resnick & **Jack by Dave Freer
Any Daw Anthology is better than lots of other books on the market and this is no exception. It definitely has enough excellent and decent stories to keep you turning pages. However, this particular collection had about a half dozen stories that had me checking the index to see how many pages I had to finish reading.
I would recommend this to any short story fan, however, because every fantasy/sci-fi/horror short story fan has different taste and my indifference might be your brilliance. Just be warned.