A Future Read: Predators edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg
Predators edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg. I'm really looking forward to spending time with this anthology this winter; sitting in my warm apartment, a blanket across my lap, a purring kitty snuggled up, a cup of perfectly brewed Darjeeling tea at my side, mind free of all nagging thoughts and ready to be taken to several new locations as the stories work their magic. Okay, in reality my apartment will be drafty rather than warm, the furnace fighting a losing battle to keep the air temperature within the sixty degree range, the cats will be skirmishing for the perfect position, their claws digging into my flesh to hold their claim, the tea will be . . . well that will be good since I am pretty anal about making sure to brew a perfect cup. . . and my mind will have nagging thoughts, but they will be pushed away by the stories once I get going (if they are well written, which they should be given the wonderful ability these two editors have at choosing entries for their anthologies). That's the beauty of reading; surroundings don't really matter much. Once you get into a well-crafted tale everything else fades away for a while. Not completely, of course, but enough to give the feeling of having a break from everything. At least this is how it is for me. Hopefully it is the same for others. If not, well, you're really missing out on one of the greatest joys in life.