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It's doubtless uncool to do an in-depth review of an anthology that contains a story of one's own, so I'll restrict myself to a brief note here.
It's fair to say that I enjoyed every story in Music for Another World
, to a greater or lesser extent. Every one of them was well-written and had an interesting take on what music means to "us". Even those that didn't quite gel were still worth my time. Overall, I’d give this book a 4* review, which is high for a themed anthology. My favourite piece is Shostakovich Ensemble, The,
by Jim Steel, but there were several others vying for that accolade, mostly written by authors I'm not familiar with (always a good sign). I do hope that Jim writes some more stories (or even a novel) in the alternate history that his story alludes to so skilfully.
Production standards for this book are very high, especially considering that Mutation Press is a one-man operation. I found very few typos and only a handful of exceedingly minor formatting problems, none of which detracted from the reading experience. The cover is stunning.
And finally: Is it my imagination, or does the book's back cover somewhat resemble that of King Crimson’s Larks’ Tongues in Aspic album? (Which just happens to be a favourite album of mine.) The background colour, text font and colour, the general layout – all look oddly familiar. Or am I just experiencing one of those face-in-the-pizza effects that the editor, Mark Harding, refers to in his introduction?
Available to purchase here: www.mutationpress.com