What an outstanding premise-short stories based on old folk ballads. I'm happy to say that this book lived up to that premise.
Edited by Jonathan Maberry, this anthology features many authors I was already familiar with, which was good, but also some new to me authors, like Seanan McGuire and Del Howison. (I mean, who the hell is this guy? He is the author of my favorite story in the collection: "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair.") That story was followed closely in my favorites list by Seanan McGuire's "Driving Jenny Home." One thing I've always loved about anthologies is that it's a great way to find new authors and obviously this method is still working for me to this day.
Each story was followed up by notes as to the folk ballad on which the story was based. I found them to be interesting while also shedding some light as to the origins of the songs.
I listened to the audio version of this book and there were two narrators. I'm sorry to report that I did not care for the female narrator at all, but I enjoyed the male voicing just fine.
Out of Tune is a lovely anthology with a lot of variety and new blood to offer. I highly recommend it! *
Thanks to Christopher Payne of JournalStone for the free audio version he provided.*