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Choke Collar (Positron, #2) - Margaret Atwood When I read and reviewed the first story in this series, [b:I'm Starved For You|13520205|I'm Starved For You|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1333602533s/13520205.jpg|19072580], I thought it was a one-off short story. Now, with both the second, [b:Choke Collar|15980853|Choke Collar|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1346541678s/15980853.jpg|21733179], and third, [b:Erase Me|17164350|Erase Me (Positron, #3)|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1356576070s/17164350.jpg|23590701], stories published, and at least one more promised for later this year, I realise that this is serial fiction rather than just a collection of short stories. [a:Margaret Atwood|3472|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1282859073p2/3472.jpg] is building a larger work, called Positron (it remains to be seen if this will ever be published as a single narrative). In part, I think this negates a couple of my complaints about the first story, and taken alone, I think my ratings for both stories still stand. But, certainly so far, I think the series is greater than the sum of its parts and would easily warrant an additional star.

Continuing the story makes more sense of the first story as well. This time the story focusses almost exclusively on Stan and his 'relationship' with Jocelyn, but at the same time provides us with a better understanding of the workings and politics of Consilience itself. Occasionally, we check up on Charmaine just so we can be sure she is okay, but what happened to Phil?

This is shaping up nicely as a series, with the feeling of much more world-building having gone into this story. Already, I'm looking forward to the next story in the series.