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Naked City

by Ellen Datlow (Editor)

Other authors: Nathan Ballingrud (Contributor), Peter S. Beagle (Contributor), Elizabeth Bear (Contributor), Holly Black (Contributor), Richard Bowes (Contributor)15 more, Patricia Briggs (Contributor), Jim Butcher (Contributor), Pat Cadigan (Contributor), John Crowley (Contributor), Jeffrey Ford (Contributor), Christopher Fowler (Contributor), Caitlin R. Kiernan (Contributor), Matthew Kressel (Contributor), Ellen Kushner (Contributor), Melissa Marr (Contributor), Naomi Novik (Contributor), Kit Reed (Contributor), Lucius Shepard (Contributor), Delia Sherman (Contributor), Lavie Tidhar (Contributor)

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Series: World of the Marrok (Fairy Gifts, 13)

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An anthology of gritty supernatural tales of magic and mischief by leading genre authors includes an original "Harry Dresden" by Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs' story about a vampire who must save the Fae who lifted his curse, and Holly Black's short pieceabout a rock star who discovers a young woman's unnatural appetites.… (more)

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 Early Reviewers: Naked City? Ellen Datlow11 unread / 11leahsimone, July 2011

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Enjoyed several of these stories. "Urban fantasy" has become synonymous for paranormal thriller/romance, but despite the silly title and cover art, Datlow embraces all fantasy in urban settings, collecting stories ranging from gritty to sweet, spanning genres and countries (we even get a few secondary-world fantasies, whose absence always bothers me in fantasy short story collections).

My favorites here were the sweet or humorous stories - "Priced to Sell" by Naomi Novik, chronicling the real estate market in a supernatural Manhattan, probably gave me the most joy. "And Go Like This" by John Crowley is short and awesome.

Book gets a demerit for Patricia Briggs' "Fairy Gifts," which I couldn't finish because I was upset by an incredibly offensive portrayal of a character with Down's Syndrome. Maybe she was going somewhere not awful with that, but I couldn't wait around for it to happen, particularly as it was accompanied by questionable portrayals of Asian American characters and some pretty darn awful writing. (Based on Datlow's blog, I'm speculating this story was a last minute addition from a big-name author, since her preliminary Table of Contents omits it.) ( )
  raschneid | Dec 19, 2023 |
Only read "Curses". ( )
  marcb3 | Sep 2, 2023 |
I had read a few of the stories in this collection previously but hadn’t read the book cover to cover before. Several of the stories are set in established universe but certainly not all. One of the stories I enjoyed the most was Naomi Novik’s slice of life of real estate agents in NYC handling clients with extra needs. The Bear story also reminded me that I need to finish the Promethean Age stories. A good collection with something for everyone. Not every story worked for me, but it might for you. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 4, 2023 |
Like many anthologies, I found Naked City to be a mixed bag. Of the twenty short stories, I only liked/loved six. As a result, I would have rated this lower, except those six were well worth slogging through the others to read.

Full review: https://rebeccasreadingcorner.blog/review-anthology-naked-city-tales-of-urban-fa... ( )
  RsReading | Nov 8, 2022 |
Only read Curses by Jim Butcher. Wish I understood more about baseball culture in the US ( )
  Nannus | Jan 17, 2022 |
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This anthology of short fiction affords a superb sampling of urban fantasy, that popular sf/fantasy subgenre defined in the book’s introduction (which, in all of three pages, is a welcome and helpful, to say nothing of articulate, definition of this subgenre) as a combination of the "often-dark edge of city living with enticing worlds of magic"—with an urban landscape being absolutely crucial to the story. To put it another way (as also expressed in the introduction, that is), "where the story takes place should matter, in some way, to the story."
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Datlow, EllenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ballingrud, NathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beagle, Peter S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bear, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Black, HollyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bowes, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Briggs, PatriciaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Butcher, JimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cadigan, PatContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crowley, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ford, JeffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fowler, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kiernan, Caitlin R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kressel, MatthewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kushner, EllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marr, MelissaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Novik, NaomiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reed, KitContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shepard, LuciusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sherman, DeliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tidhar, LavieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barber, NicolaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dos Santos, DanielCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foss, ElizaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Topol, RichardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my parents, Doris and Nathan Datlow, whom I love dearly and who infected me with their love for reading.
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The term urban fantasy was originally applied to fantasy written in reaction to the works most popular up to the early 1980's -- high-fantasy, imaginary worlds with medieval trappings.
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An anthology of gritty supernatural tales of magic and mischief by leading genre authors includes an original "Harry Dresden" by Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs' story about a vampire who must save the Fae who lifted his curse, and Holly Black's short pieceabout a rock star who discovers a young woman's unnatural appetites.

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