Valente's lovely prose is excellent. I've read a few of the short stories in this collection before, though I think they were edited and expanded for this publishing. In some cases that expansion works really well and adds to the story in other cases I thinkb it detracts. Fade to White being one of the second, I thought it was a much stronger story and the theme more strongly delivered in the shorter version I read in one of the various sci-fi magazines. Still there isn't really a bad story in this collection and it was very enjoyable.