Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy tales…

Ed. Bart R. Leib. Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy tales of challenging the norm. Crossed Genres Publishing, 2011. 172 pgs. 

Traitor or Revolutionary? Hero or Villain? Don't these titles mean the same thing, just from a different side? History, as they say, is written by the victors, but what would it be like to get a look before those histories were written? Here, you will find stories which explore these themes and more. Subversion is a collection of short stories around the theme of, you guessed it, subversion. Each author has his or her own take, and each story holds forth a different facet of dealing with change. 

As a book of short stories, I can't tell you everything about this book. It was a very enjoyable collection, with stories ranging from 3 to 5 stars. Some of the authors were indeed very creative in dealing with the idea of subversion, others merely wrote a good yarn. Of course, that isn't really an easy thing to do, and so merely is relative here. I would say at least three quarters of the stories were quite good. Anyone who has read collections like this before knows that such a ratio represents success. 

Conclusion: 4 Stars. Conditionally Recommended. If you enjoy sci-fi and fantasy short stories, this is worth a read. Enjoy. 

Thanks to the Librarything early readers program for giving me this book to review. 

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