PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewWe’re constantly fighting a battle against a force larger than we are, and we’re probably going to lose ... That may sound like a pessimistic summation of these lively, apocalypse-tinged tales, but Cook mines the moments that precede the losses — when the battles are truly raging — and it’s in them that she finds great beauty and strangeness ... Cook traffics in absurd situations — a man who can have sex 50 times a day is set upon by a legion of childless women and made a sex slave; a woman with great luck is besieged by a village of the less lucky — but she does so to dramatize her very realistic concerns. We’re not part of a system of infinite resources. We’re not immortal. No clear paths exist to our desired destination, if we even know what that is. The paths may be dark, but they’re strewn with meaning. And in the end, this collection suggests, meaning might be worth the battle.