Story #1 - I adore his stuff but that said the first story, The Decortication Technician did nothing for me, I would have omitted it from this book entirely and still had a good read with the rest, it made me curious with nothing really in the end, perhaps a future re-read will give me insight but for now it’s a zero! It was so space-agey that it had no soul and without a soul to tarnish how can it seduce? I love math and science as any deep geek but this was a leftover rain puddle story wise, missed its mark in my opinion. This was about an alien discovery and uncovering its secrets layer by layer, trying to blast through its armored suit, but it was all wait and no honey, an empty tree hole from Lee, boo!
This was a cool little batch of stories about humans or rather what we are once churned through the word grinder; flesh, meat, protein, electricity with our conscience as it makes the game higher when you mess with it, this wasn’t perfect because the first story was so alien but these are all very well written, I think that’s the beauty of Lee’s work, he is such a craftsman, so clear and immaculate in the delivery, he has a real gift when it comes to writing books and his stuff is pretty bad in a good way :P Not perfect but still a fun read and a nice addition to my horror library.