I realize now, the problem coming up later that has to do with reading two similar short story collections at the same time - going back and forth between them - is that I won’t remember which collection was better. everything is going to merge together. but then again, I have not disliked a story yet, and my hazy feeling is that both collections are sort of evening out, in terms of number of stories that are (a) good, (b) great, or (c) beyond great. shoulda kept notes on the stories, I guess...but blame the optimist in me: if enjoyment level stays where it is, or spikes, well we’re looking at two 4-star collections, overall...at least. loving the Weird West!