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Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die (Machine of Death, #1)

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    I got this book as a free PDF af­ter read­­ing about it at Won­der­­mark. I had not read any short sto­ry col­lec­­tions in a few years and had for­­got­ten the best thing about them: if some piece is weak, it goes away quick­­­ly.

    A lot of the sto­ries are good, some very good (Ran­­dall Munroe's for in­­s­tance) and some... some are not so good.

    There is one that had me laugh­­ing for min­utes and was just a sin­­gle line. The last one is just *killer* short fic­­tion.

    I think the col­lec­­tion would have im­proved if a big­ger "canon­i­­cal" frame­­work had been es­­tab­lished by the ed­i­­tors, since there are con­­tra­dic­­to­ry lines ev­ery­where, but hey, it's a high con­­cept book, it's fun to read, and it's pret­­ty cool.