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A Foreign Country – partial review

This is my 5th post for New Zealand Speculative Fiction Blogging Week.


I received this book in the mail a couple of weeks ago – my contributor’s copy, no less – and have been enjoying reading the stories since then. I resisted my initial urge to skip through, reading the stories from authors I know and instead opted to read it cover to cover. I’m calling this a partial review because I still have 6 stories to read. I was hoping to have finished them all before the end of this week, but you know what? I’m really enjoying just plodding through, taking my time and enjoying the ride.

The Anthology kicks off with a great introduction, followed by Ripley Patton’s short story ‘The Future of the Sky’. I first read this when it went through critters and just knew it would get a place in the anthology. She also won first prize for it, which shows the editors had excellent taste in putting it at the start 🙂

There is something for everyone in this collection. The theme (the future is a foreign country) is broad enough that every story is different and I felt transported by each in some way or another. It hasn’t been often that I’ve finished one story and jumped straight into the next, rather I’ve been left with things to think about. There is nothing I like more than short stories that linger with me once I’ve put the book down – and there is plenty of that with this anthology.

Being that I haven’t finished yet, I can’t say what my favourite story is, and I don’t think it would be an easy pick anyway.

If you like speculative fiction it’s definitely worth reading. I thoroughly recommend it (and not just because I have a story in it 😉 ).

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3 thoughts on “A Foreign Country – partial review”

  1. I too have been amazed by the quality, variety, and uniquely Kiwi flavor of the anthology. I have one more story to go, and am finding myself reluctant to finish.

    We need more of this stuff!

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