Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology Edited by Tricia Reeks

February 18, 2016
Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, Tricia Reeks, Book Review, InToriLex, Netgalley
Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology


Twenty-six brilliant speculative fiction stories about love, and the pain that so often accompanies it. Enjoy a cornucopia of imaginative tales, wondrous settings, and unforgettable characters—such as the disillusioned time traveler who visits ancient Japan to experience a “Moment of Zen,” the young woman from planet Kiruna who can only communicate in song when the moonlet Saarakka is up, and the sorcerer who loses their happiness in a bet with a demon.

Rich and wonderfully diverse, this collection spans many speculative fiction genres: from SciFi to Dystopian, from Fantasy to Magical Realism, from Steampunk to Superhero, from Horror to Weird. Sometimes funny, occasionally happy, frequently gut-wrenching—these stories will take your heart on a wild emotional ride.

Stories by Jeff VanderMeer, Hugh Howey, Karin Tidbeck, Charlie Jane Anders, Holly Phillips, Aliette de Bodard, A. Merc Rustad, Steve Simpson, Mel Paisley, J. D. Brink, Matt Leivers, Michael Milne, Michal Wojcik, Carla Dash, Terry Durbin, Michelle Ann King, Kyle Richardson, Leah Brown, G. Scott Huggins, Dan Micklethwaite, Victoria Zelvin, Shannon Phillips, Keith Frady, Jody Sollazzo, David Stevens, and Morgen Knight.


This was a great collection. I really enjoyed the many ways that the authors talked about love gone wrong or right.  I did think the theme of the stories tied them together well. Some were in different time periods, future and past. Some were wonderfully strange, but intriguing enough for me to look up the author's other work. There are some dark stories described that definitely creeped me out too. The love in the stories reached beyond, life, death. humans, morality and sometimes light years. The weirdness was definitely a treat that I enjoyed.

Some of my favorites of the collection are quoted and described below.

The Woman who Sang by Terry Durbin
"It doesn't matter. Love and understanding are two dishes seldom served of the same plate."  In a cold ordered world, man is shown love but doesn't know what to do with it.

Iron Roses by Michal Wojcik
"Put enough love into anything and it comes alive." A boy tries his hardest to get the girl, but it doesn't end well.

Back to Where I know You by Victoria Zelvin
"What is important is not always happy. Ariadne preferred to preserve only happy memories, to help her remember that life has not always been so gray." Chemicals are used to alter memories, but Ariadne's trying to hold on to her favorite ones.

By Bargain and By Blood by Aliette de Bodard
"To leave something behind me. Something I shaped and not taken apart." A mother not quite a mother, makes a decision because she can't let go.

Catching On by Kyle Richardson
"You know what time really is, Oss? Its an endless stream of death. An infinite line of heartache and suffering." Two superheroes try to protect the world, at all costs.

While (u>i) i--; by Hugh Howey
"While you are greater than myself, reduce myself. " A strange but memorable couple, finds a way to relate in old age, despite strange differences.

Sing by Karen Tidbeck
"Someone wanted me It was a very strange sensation, like a little hook tugging at the hollow under my ribs." A woman struggling to belong on a future world where the locations of moons can control sound.

I would recommend this to sci-fi and speculative fiction lovers. There were some stories that were not as good and didn't connect with me, but they were few and far between. If you have a short story collection you love, post it in a comment below, I'm looking to read more short stories.

I received a copy of this e-book from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 


Kindlemom said...

Glad this was a good collection, that doesn't always happen with these.

InToriLex said...

True, I took a chance with this one and it paid off!!

Angel Erin's Book Obsession said...

This looks pretty fascinating! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Collections sure are hit or miss. :) I'll definitely have to add this one on Goodreads.

InToriLex said...

yes it was really good overall and definitely worth the read.

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