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Fantasy: The Very Best of 2005 by Jonathan…

Fantasy: The Very Best of 2005

by Jonathan Strahan (Editor)

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Overall, a very good collection.

"Two Hearts" - Peter S. Beagle ****
An aging king has a last chance at heroism.
"Snowball's Chance" - Charles Stross ****
A deal with the devil in a climate-changed world.
"Sunbird" - Neil Gaiman ****
The Epicurean Club seeks to eat the fabled Sunbird.
"A Knot of Toads" - Jane Yolen ****
A coven of witches is resurrected in an isolated fishing town.
"Boatman's Holiday" - Jeffrey Ford *****
Charon takes a vacation to find a fabled island in Hell.
"The Language of Moths" - Christopher Barzak ***
An autistic sister who can speak to insects helps her brother through adolescence.
"Anyway" - M. Rickert ***
A woman has a chance to end war forever if she is willing to pay the price.
"The Emperor of Gondwanaland" - Paul di Filippo ****
A man discovers a fantasy nation created on the Internet.
"The Pirate's True Love" - Seana Graham **
Pirates' lovers band together to save their men.
"Intelligent Design" - Ellen Klages ***
God creates stars and beetles during the Creation
"Pip and the Fairies" - Theodora Goss ***
A woman tries to rediscover the fairyland that became the basis for her mother's books.
"Leviathan" - Simon Brown **
A boy survives a plane crash and lands on the biblical Leviathan.
"The Denial" - Bruce Sterling ***
A cooper's wife comes back improved after she dies but refuses to acknowledge her death.
"The Farmer's Cat" - Jeff VanderMeer ***
A farmer deals with a troll invasion.
"There's a Hole in the City" - Richard Bowes ****
Ghosts from the past come to New York after 9/11
"Monster" - Kelly Link **
Boys at summer camp encounter a monster. ( )
  sdobie | Jul 11, 2007 |
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The daughter of a beloved children's author becomes entangled in a classic tale; a dedicated club of gourmands pursues the strangest and most exotic meal ever; the Ferryman on the river Styx takes a boatman's holiday; some kids at camp tell scary stories of a monster just beyond the reach of the campfire's light; and, after nearly forty years, Peter S. Beagle continues the beloved adventures of a magician and a girl who once met a unicorn. These are just some of the sixteen outstanding stories that acclaimed anthologist Jonathan Strahan has assembled in his second annual survey of the best new fantasy stories of the year. Jonathan Strahan has edited eleven anthologies, including The Locus Awards and assorted year's best annuals, and is currently working on several new anthology projects. He has won the Ditmar, William J Atheling Jr, and Peter McNamara Awards for his editing, and is the Reviews Editor for Locus, the magazine of the science fiction and fantasy fields. He lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife and two daughters.

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