Books: 5 Short Story Gems

These new anthologies are long on charm, not on words



There's something unnerving about Miéville's writing. In fact there's everything unnerving about it. Miéville just doesn't respect boundaries: the supernatural flows into the everyday, the dead return to life, the past intrudes into the present, human bodies combine with machines. In the opening story London has been transmogrified into a surreal, deadly jungle through which a forlorn lover pursues the titular Jake. In Reports of Certain Events in London, a man uncovers documents detailing a secret war being fought over time and space. The combatants in this war are, literally, city streets. Get it about the...