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The best books you never read

I am both a reader and a writer. I find that the best writers are in fact avid readers. I love books of all kinds but I really adore reading new authors who are just getting their feet wet. Some of the very best writers are now found in the indie set. These reviews will be of books I have devoured in my never ending quest for good fiction. Some will be up and comers who have hit the top of the chart, but most will be struggling new writers who deserve a second look.

Space Opera anthology edited by Anne McCaffrey

Space Opera - Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Jody Lynn Nye, Jim  Burns, Charles de Lint, Suzette Haden Elgin, Steven Brust, Elisabeth Waters, Robin Wayne Bailey, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Gene Wolfe, Leslie Fish, Warren Norwood, Margaret Ball, Lyn McConchie, Peter S. Beagle,

Now I picked up this book way back when it came out in 1996 , but I recently decided I needed to re-read my older books.


This lovely anthology is a collection of tales with the theme of music. Everything from fantasy, horror, science fiction, post apocalyptic and more. Some of the greatest voices in fiction from the 90s and before are in this book.


From Space Station Annie by the late great Cynthia McQuillian to Scarborough Fair by Elizabeth Anne Scarborough to Calling Them Home by Jody Lynn Nye it is easy to find a tale that lifts up your heart by the power of the mixture of words and music.


While these tales might seem a bit dated to a lot of modern readers, they are fine examples of masters of the craft writing on a theme. We need more anthologies like this and I know I will be looking for them.