Some are good, some are great and some I really could have gone without ever reading. But that's just how an anthology works. I've lately really become fond of anthologies. It is nice to just pick up a short story between projects. Especially with the weather taking a quick turn to the cold side, I've not been able to garden for as long as I would like in a day. I enjoy coming in for a hot cup of tea and a quick read.
Where the Stars Rise is a collection of fantasy and science fiction stories by Asian authors. It has been a vastly interesting collection. The eastern mythos provides an entirely different spin than I have been raised with and gives a nice edge when I get in a fantasy slump.
Some of the stories I would love to see get an entire novel based on these short prequels--such as The dataSultan of Streets and Stars by Jeremy Szal.
Some were just great stand alone stories that really make you think about life--like any good science fiction should--such as Weaving Silk by Amanda Sun and Vanilla Rice by Angela Yuriko Smith. I especially like the interlinked paradigms from A Star is Born by Miki Dare.
Some were just over my head because I don't have enough cultural heritage to understand the myths the authors are building around--such as Udatta Sloka by Deepak Bharathan.
Overall I give this short story collection 4 stars. The ones I truly enjoyed well overrated the ones that were beyond my understanding or just poorly written (which there were only two).