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(Disclaimer: Gaiman only contributed a poem to this book that is one page long. If you are buying this book solely based on his work, I would suggest checking it out from the library).
All of the stories in this book have a common thread of witches (who and what they are, how to find them and how to kill them, among other things). As with most short story collections, you win some and you lose some. Unfortunately I lost more with this book than I won and can't strongly recommend it to anyone else as a purchase. This book is a great tool for discovering the writing styles of multiple authors and seeing their take on the same topic.
The most frustrating thing I experience with short stories is their lack of depth and their abrupt endings that are critical to their nature. After all, if there was in depth character development and plot lines I would be reading a novel instead of a short story and wouldn't be able to dip in and out of so many writing styles within 400 pages. I don't regret expanding my witch-lore with this book but I don't think I will be trying any short story collections in the near future.