The reviews below will focus on each individual story, and in some cases, there will be spoilers. On the whole, I can say that Pelland has a clean, crisp style that makes for very smooth reading. All of these tales, which embrace the central theme of hating one's own skin (and you'll be surprised at the variety of tales you read here), and are first and foremost fascinating idea stories. Some stories have rather simple characters who have obvious motivations, but the ideas driving the story pretty much take the character and stuff the poor thing in a closet. Other stories work with a beautiful balance of character, idea, and setting, and those are my favorite.