It's almost a pity that Ms. Lee is such a wordsmith. Sentences such as "On the streets the rain attacked a hurrying umbrella world of wet black tortoise-backs." kept me reading for the sheer joy of the language. Unfortunately, only a few of the characters are three-dimensional and mildly likeable, there is essentially one plot for all the novellas and stories, and this is the most unsexy sex-laden book I've read yet, with loads of romance-novel descriptions and the basic attitude that sex is nasty, wanting sex is weak, and having sex does nothing more than make you evil. For all of her raccoon-shadowed eyes, in these books, she displays a Puritan sense of shame.