Asimov's loves Matt Hughes's The Commons
And why shouldn't they? It's a terrific book -- and I should know; it was published under my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint. :)
In the December 2008 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, Peter Heck writes:
Hughes has taken what in other hands might have been just a cute idea and turned it into something considerably richer. His exploration of the various archetypes of the collective unconscious is thought provoking as well as amusing. And Hughes has shown in previous novels that he has a firm grasp of nuanced, witty prose.The full review is online here, and more about The Commons is here.
The individual episodes of which the novel is made up appeared as short magazine pieces. The concluding episode, “The Helper and his Hero,” was nominated by the members of SFWA for a Nebula for 2007 in the Novella category. Nebula or not—the winners aren’t yet known as this column is being written—Hughes has certainly earned recognition as one of our most accomplished writers.