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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror:…

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Annual Collection

by Ellen Datlow (Editor), Gavin J. Grant (Editor), Kelly Link (Editor)

Other authors: Isabel Allende (Contributor), Laird Barron (Contributor), Elizabeth Bear (Contributor), Emma Bircham (Contributor), Andrew Bonia (Contributor)40 more, Chaz Brenchley (Contributor), Tom Brennan (Contributor), Edward Bryant (Contributor), Jack Cady (Contributor), Jennifer Chang (Contributor), Robert Coover (Contributor), Albert E. Cowdrey (Contributor), Charles de Lint (Contributor), Kelly Everding (Contributor), Jeffrey Ford (Contributor), James Frenkel (Contributor), Theodora Goss (Contributor), Elizabeth Hand (Contributor), Joe Hill (Contributor), Glen Hirshberg (Contributor), Pentti Holappa (Contributor), Dave Hutchinson (Contributor), China Mielville (Author), Sarah Monette (Contributor), Ralph Robert Moore (Contributor), Adam L. G. Nevill (Contributor), Kim Newman (Contributor), Reggie Oliver (Contributor), Chuck Palahniuk (Contributor), Stacey Richter (Contributor), Barbara Roden (Contributor), Deborah Roggie (Contributor), Jay Russell (Contributor), Geoff Ryman (Contributor), Mark Samuels (Contributor), Max Schaefer (Contributor), Willa Schneberg (Contributor), Nisi Shawl (Contributor), Delia Sherman (Contributor), Bruce Sterling (Contributor), Charles Vess (Contributor), Joan D. Vinge (Contributor), Howard Waldrop (Contributor), Daniel Wallace (Contributor), Marley Youmans (Contributor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (19 2006)

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It took me nearly two years to finish this book.

t was completely worth the wait. And part of the problem was that I kept re-reading 'The Mushroom Duchess' by Deborah Reggie instead of moving onto the other contents of the book. It was something about the bookish princess, the non-standard presentation of a fairy tale, and the slow creep of the conflict. This is a sneaky fairy tale.

Other highlights were:

'Walpurgis Afternoon' by Delia Sherman - a well-done, textured wish fulfillment tale. Enough pop culture to spark a little, and the characters are nicely dynamic.

'Northwest Passage' by Barbara Roden - Now this is a ghost story. Perfect timing, perfect detailing, and negative space in all the right places. Peggy is a great protagonist.

'Boatman's Holiday' by Jeffrey Ford - this is in the same stream as Sandman, Lucifer, and Hellblazer, but quieter somehow. More personal and intimate.

'Twilight States' by Albert E. Cowdrey - Alternate dimensions, which reality is real, and psychoanalysis. This is my kind of horror story.

'Jolly Bonnet' by Andrew Bonia - this is a poem I could get a toe-hold on. The speaker helps with that, along with the glut of serial killer stories I've been ingesting. Jack the Ripper, anyone?

'The Last Ten Years in the Life of Hero Kai' by Geoff Ryman - I like this one a lot. The vagueries of heroism, the making of well-meaning tyrants. One man making the decision for us all - and suffering the consequences.

'The Last One' by Robert Coover - Bluebeard is showing up all over the place recently (for 'what I've been reading lately' values of 'recently'). I quite like this retelling.

'The Ball Room' by China Mieville, Emma Bircham, and Max Schafer - Sixth Sense disturbing. Especially as ( spoiler )

'The Scribble Mind' by Jeffrey Ford - beautiful and sad. The outside of magic, and that fatal flaw in human nature.

'Scarecrow' by Tom Brennan - stupid, desperate choices come home to roost. And the isolation that makes the stupid, desperate choice seem like a good one: 'man's inhumanity to man'.

'Grief' by Willa Schneberg - I like this poem, though I can't scan it (I never internalized how), but all else speaks my language.

'My Father's Mask' by Joe Hill - very creepy. Selling someone else's soul.

'A Statement in the Case' by Theodora Goss - absolutely amazing world building.

'The Pavement Artsit' by Dave Hutchinson - Coypu and Thomas deserve each other. I hope Thomas figures it out, and they live longingly ever after. But I don't thing that's what Hutchinson was leading up to.

'The Gypsies in the Wood' by Kim Newman - Bonus points for the Diogenes Club. A good use of that public domain world. Also nice for Faery. ( )
1 vote storyjunkie | Jul 21, 2009 |
I'd seen these mammoth anthologies around, but until very recently I hadn't had much interest in short fiction. I read the odd piece here and there, (mostly when my favourite authors released collections), but I'd never really considered myself a short fiction fan.

Then last November, I read a couple of very good collections outside my comfort zone. "Hey!" I said to myself. "That was actually really good!" I read a little more... then a little more... then decided to take the plunge and invest in some nice, big anthologies chock full of short stories. I couldn't initially find any of the books in this series at my favourite bookstores, so I took this one out of the library and tucked in.

I'm very, very glad I did. I didn't enjoy everything, but I came quite close. Each and every one of these stories is thoughtful and well-written. The stories are a lot of fun, but at the same time the reader feels like she's reading something with definite literary merit. The authors have explored some very interesting themes; they've played with older source material and broken new ground in equal measures. The fantasies range from contemporary, urban stories to full-on high fantasy. The horror selections are mostly of the sort that provide the reader with a pleasurable thrill of terror, but there are also a couple of stories that remind us of the horrors humankind is capable of and at least one selection that relies completely on shock value. All in all, it's a good mix of literate, enjoyable stories.

I found the fantasy summations interesting and useful, but the horror section was very difficult to wade through. It consists of dense, lengthy lists of books and stories. I mostly skimmed, looking for authors and titles I was already familiar with.

Overall: excellent stuff, and highly recommended. Be forewarned, however, that it's not a quick read; the pages are formatted to contain about twice as much text as those of a regular book, so be prepared to spend about the same amount of time with this as you would with a 1200 page novel. ( )
  xicanti | Oct 14, 2008 |
Another wonderful volume in the annual series! The book doesn't disappoint! While it may have had a bit fewer selections that totally captivated me, all the stories are beautifully told. Most of the stories that I most enjoyed are horror, but some fantasies made my top list.

The piece that frightened me the most is Barbara Roden's "Northwest Passage." The storytelling is vivid and evocative. Also chilling is Jack Cady's "The Souls of Drowning Mountain" and China Mieville, Emma Bircham and Max Schafer's "The Ball Room." Glen Hirshberg's "American Morons" and Jay Russell's "Dong-Dong-Bell" are both disturbing in a very real way; Joe Hill's "My Father's Mask" is eerie and surreal, while Dave Hutchinson's "The Pavement Artist" is freaky but a bit sad.

Also moving is the tale of the talking dog "Boman" by Pentti Holappa. Jeffrey Ford's "The Scribble Mind" explores the fascinating idea that some people remember the womb, while Isabel Allende's "The Guggenheim Lovers" is a charming story of love. Kim Newman's "The Gypsies in the Wood" is an engaging tale of fairy featuring Charles Beauregard and Katharine Reed.

However, my favorite piece in this collection -- the one that I utterly fell in love with -- is Jeffrey Ford's "Boatman's Holiday," a beautiful story of the boatman of the Underworld Charon and of the power of stories to create and re-create. ( )
1 vote thioviolight | Oct 6, 2008 |
A wonderful collection of stories - one of the best of this series for years. I particularly loved the Delia Sherman story "Walpurgis Afternoon". ( )
  Cassiphone | Dec 19, 2006 |
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Datlow, EllenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, Gavin J.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Link, KellyEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Allende, IsabelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barron, LairdContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bear, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Cowdrey, Albert E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312356145, Paperback)

For nearly two decades, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant continue this critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen works ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magic realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and sections on graphic novels, by Charles Vess; on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge; on media, by Ed Bryant; and on music, by Charles de Lint. With a long list of Honorable Mentions, this is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.
Isabel Allende  
Laird Barron  
Elizabeth Bear   
Andrew Bonia  
Chaz Brenchley  
Tom Brennan  
Jack Cady  
Jennifer Chang
Robert Coover 
Albert E. Cowdrey  
Kelly Everding  
Jeffrey Ford   
Theodora Goss 
Elizabeth Hand 
Joe Hill  
Glen Hirshberg  
Pentti Holappa 
Dave Hutchinson  
China Miéville, Emma Bircham, and Max Schäfer 
Sarah Monette 
Ralph Robert Moore 
Adam L.G. Nevill  
Kim Newman 
Reggie Oliver  
Chuck Palahniuk  
Stacey Richter 
Barbara Roden 
Deborah Roggie  
Jay Russell 
Geoff Ryman  
Mark Samuels  
Willa Schneberg  
Nisi Shawl  
Delia Sherman 
Bruce Sterling  
Howard Waldrop 
Daniel Wallace  
Marley Youmans   

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