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Borderland 1 (Signet) by Terri Windling
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Borderland 1 (Signet)

by Terri Windling, Mark Alan Arnold (Editor)

Other authors: Bellamy Bach (Contributor), Steven R. Boyett (Contributor), Charles de Lint (Contributor), Farrel Din (Introduction), Ellen Kushner (Contributor)

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Series: Borderland (anthology)

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Eighties mythic urban fantasy that, almost more than War of the Oaks, sets the tone for the rest of the genre. The prose is merely serviceable, the characters likable but uncomplicated, but the aesthetic of Celtic punk rock, elf/human gang warfare, and glamorous urban decay absolutely succeeds. You can understand why this series inspired its own new wave/nerd subculture back in the eighties.

The first three stories are very much cut of the same cloth, but Kushner's last story is a welcome surprise, depicting teenage angst and moral ambivalence with an emotional rawness that the previous stories lack. ( )
  raschneid | Mar 31, 2013 |
The Bordertown series is where urban fantasy started to change and grow. This is I believe the first book and is a fascinating read because all the authors have a slightly different idea of what Bordertown will end up being. Every story is amazing from the first one that reads more like a post-apocalyptic scenario to the later ones where Bordertown becomes a clearer place. If you enjoy the urban fantasy of today, go find these books. ( )
  katekf | Jun 24, 2012 |
Four stories by four different authors, all set in the same shared universe: a seedy borderland between the ordinary human world and an inexplicably returned fairy realm. The stories are all decent and readable enough, although I didn't find any of them particularly memorable or compelling. And unfortunately the setting, while it has a certain amount of potential, never feels terribly well fleshed out and, at least in this collection, never really rises above the level of vaguely interesting gimmick.

I have no idea what the actual genesis of this shared world is, but I can't help imagining a group of fantasy authors getting drunk together somewhere when one of them suddenly comes out with, "You know what would be awesome? Rock and roll elves!" At which point they spend the rest of the night discussing how you could go about building a setting that would let you have lots of rock and roll elves. And then someone still thought it was a good idea in the morning and talked the rest into participating. The thing is, I strongly suspect that "rock and roll elves" is one of those ideas that really needs to be done absolutely brilliantly or not at all. I seem to remember Emma Bull doing it surprisingly effectively in War for the Oaks, so it is possible, but whatever that book had, this one somehow lacks.

I also think that part of the problem is that the elves here are just not alien enough. They're not even as much so as your generic Tolkien-clone elves. Mostly, they're just normal people with pointed ears and random magical abilities. ( )
2 vote bragan | Jul 22, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Windling, TerriEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arnold, Mark AlanEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bach, BellamyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boyett, Steven R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Lint, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Din, FarrelIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kushner, EllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Canty, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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