Wow. Karen Russell has a tremendous voice. This is one of the reasons why I like GOOD collections of short stories -- every story is another chance for the author to explore various characters, settings, etc. and to share another layer of his or her imagination and creativity. The stories in Russell's second collection of short stories (the first of which I will definitely be reading soon!) are original, spellbinding, and glorious. Yes, I really enjoyed all eight stories. They are each different, but share some elements, such as humans interactions with and within the natural world. My absolute favorites are: Reeling for the Empire, Proving Up, The Barn at the End of Our Term, The New Veterans, and The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis. Eerie, chilling, thought-provoking, stunning....a wonderful group of stories that work their way into your dreams and subconscious.