Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Doll Collection by Ellen Datlow

I've never thought of dolls as scary.  I even have my own collection.  Some are collectible and beautiful things.  Some are the ones I had in childhood and have kept all this time.  I'm still not scared of my dolls but in these stories there are some you should watch out for...

Tor Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 10th, so you don't have to wait long to get your copy.

Each story in this collection has some horror in it.  Some of the stories make me wonder about the authors:  How do they come up with these ideas?  When you're done, you might put the book down but the stories will still be floating through your head.  It will take them a while to settle.

Every story in this group has a good hook.  You're reading along and it's not long before you find you've been caught up by the story telling.  Each story is unique; there are no real similarities except that they all have a doll theme.

There's a ventriloquist's dummy that talks by itself.  A boy who loves his sister's doll too much.  A woman who is really a doll herself.  Two men exploring the arctic that find some dolls that should have remained lost.  And many, many more.

There's something for everyone in this collection.  No matter what type of story you like, you should be able to find one that talks to you.  What surprised me was that I didn't dislike any of these stories.  Especially since some of the authors aren't my most favorite.  Ms. Datlow did a good job of picking stories that worked well together and that made it a good read for me.

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