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These are the chronicles of a book addict, a photo junkie, and an aspiring author, rewriting the very fabric of reality one page (and one snapshot) at a time. From the strange to the unusual; the abandoned to the abnormal; the haunted to the historic; the supernatural to the surreal; the forests of dark fantasy, the cemeteries of gothic horror, and the post-apocalyptic ruins of science fiction are the landscapes of my imagination.

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Deathstalker Rebellion: Being the Second Part of the Life and Times of Owen Deathstalker
Simon R. Green
Progress: 298/508 pages

Strangely Funny

Strangely Funny - Sarah E. Glenn, Ed Ahern, Gloria Alden, Alex Azar, Rosalind Barden, David Bernard, Leslie Carmichael, Kimberly Colley, Laura Huntley, Joseph Jude, Jon Michael Kelley, John Lance, Ken MacGregor, Gwen Mayo, James McCormick, Catriona McPherson, David Perlmutter, Suzanne Robb This is one of those titles I've had sitting on the table behind the couch, waiting to be picked up for the occasional read between innings (go, Jays!), periods (go, Sabres!), or commercials (go, Grimm!). It's been something of a struggle to keep it from the DNF pile, but it seemed like every 'one last story' was just strong enough to keep me reading.

Strangely Funny is certainly strange, but I can't say that I found much of it genuinely funny. Some of the stories were mildly amusing - in a smirk and a smile kind of way - but I can't say any of them had me laughing out. Humor is incredibly subjective, so I have to give Sarah E. Glenn credit for the variety of stories she's compiled here, but none of them really struck my funny bone. While many of them didn't work for me, there were some standouts that I would be remiss in not highlighting:

"Criticus Ex Machina" by Sarah E. Glenn
"Jake Blossom, Pixie Detective" by Ken Macgregor
"A Proper Job for a Lady" by Gwen Mayo
"Tommy and the Trolls" by James McCormick
"One Scareful Owner" by Catriona McPherson
"I Must Be Your First" by Paul Wartenberg

The stories are arranged in alphabetical order by author, so you can get a sense of just how long the dry spells were. I'd have to go back and count, but I believe there were 7 or 8 stories before striking gold with Glenn's own tale, and another half dozen weak entries followed. I had thought we'd hit pay dirt with 4 fantastic stories in a row, but the dry spell after that mini-run was even longer. Fortunately, Wartenberg swooped in to save the day (and a certain Slayer) with a great penultimate entry in the collection.

Awkward and uneven, and certainly more odd than funny, Strangely Funny is a collection that certainly had its strengths - it just contained, for me, too much fluff in between.

Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins