I'm not fond of short stories. They are too much akin to apple pie without ice cream or BBQ without Frank's Hot Sauce. I don't want my appetite teased, I want it sated. So I just avoid short stories as I am always disappointed with they are over "shortly". However being a huge fan (after losing 20 pounds not quite as huge) of Lackey I jumped on this book. I was not disappointed. I have a couple of Diana Tregarde tales but have not read them. They are now moved up in my to be read sooner pile. The three stories in this book all involve magic and one blends magic and technology as smoothly as Kahlua and vodka.
Each tale stands alone quite nicely. The Diana Tregarde tale, Arcanum, is placed by the author as the first tale of Diana. Since I have not read any of the other Diana books, I am delighted to get the background first.
Despite my dislike of short stories, I enjoyed this book.
I recommend it.
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