Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales by Joshua Lewis, Nathan Ballingrud, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, Patrick Ness, M.T. Anderson, Gavin J. Grant, Kathleen Jennings, Alice Sola Kim, Nik Houser, Nalo Hopkinson, Kelly Link, Dylan Horrocks, G. Carl Purcell, Paolo Bacigalupi

480 pages first pub 2014 (editions)

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Fifteen top voices in speculative fiction explore the intersection of fear and love in a haunting, at times hilarious, darkly imaginative volume.Predatory kraken that sing with - and for - their kin; band members and betrayed friends who happen to...

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dark 92%
adventurous 69%
mysterious 61%
funny 53%
challenging 30%
emotional 30%
lighthearted 30%
tense 30%
hopeful 7%
reflective 7%
sad 7%


medium 69%
fast 30%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 80% | Character: 20%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 50% | N/A: 25% | Yes: 25%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 44% | It's complicated: 33% | N/A: 22%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 22%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

It's complicated: 44% | Yes: 44% | N/A: 11%

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