My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Books of short stories are always a grab bag -- you never exactly know what you are going to get. This book of "what if" alternate histories has some real stinkers (I won't name names) but tucked within the stinkers are a couple of gems, and that's the reason (at least for me) that books of short stories exist. First skip right ahead to Liz Willaims "Winterborn" about a Elizabethan fairy queen in an alternate Renaissance London; also Jeff VanderMeer's disturbing "Goat Variations" about parallel 9-11's; and the modern Incan Empire of Stephen Baxter's "The Unblinking Eye."
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