Nina Kiriki Hoffman just writes wonderful short stories. That's how it is. The stories in this anthology give you all too brief glimpses of worlds and people who are weird, uncanny, just a bit frightening and still strangely, familiar. Her characters have teeth and claws and yet, they are also somehow family. Well, in the end who is scarier or more familiar than family? Reading an NKR story is for me a bit like having a particularly vivid dream - where dream logic operates in a way that makes complete sense to me - until I, reluctantly, wake up.