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Songs of Love and Death: All Original Tales of Star Crossed Love

by Gardner Dozois (Editor), George R. R. Martin (Editor)

Other authors: Peter S. Beagle (Contributor), Jo Beverley (Contributor), Jim Butcher (Contributor), Jacqueline Carey (Contributor), Diana Gabaldon (Contributor)12 more, Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Yasmine Galenorn (Contributor), M. L. N. Hanover (Contributor), Robin Hobb (Contributor), Cecelia Holland (Contributor), Tanith Lee (Contributor), Marjorie M. Liu (Contributor), Mary Jo Putney (Contributor), Linnea Sinclair (Contributor), Melinda M. Snodgrass (Contributor), Lisa Tuttle (Contributor), Carrie Vaughn (Contributor)

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Presents a collection of original tales that explores crossover themes of romance, fantasy, and science fiction, with contributions by such genre authors as Tanith Lee, Jo Beverly, Jim Butcher, and Neil Gaiman.

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Oh, anthologies. The good and the bad. I put a lot of blind faith into this one because George R. R. Martin was an editor for it. Upon reading it I immediately recalled from past story collections/recommendations of his how tremendously his tastes in fiction he doesn't actually write can differ from mine.

I grabbed this book on a lark from the library, and once I started reading I realized there was a lot in it that didn't really float my boat (for instance, I hate The Dresden Files, and anymore any stories even remotely related to vampires or werewolves kind of makes me want to die before I even attempt to read them). The stories that I did finish reading, for the most part, were definitely worth having checked the book out.

- I loved "The Marrying Maid," which was presented to us by the historical romance author Jo Beverley. It was the kind of fantasy short story I've been desiring for awhile, and it had a delicious helping of Fae, Robin Hood, and a race against time while a lord tried his damnedest to convince a religious spinster to become his wife.

- "Demon Lover" by Cecelia Holland was a great story for me to read following the first. Although it was a bit obvious, I felt that it was written with fresh imagery and it really pulled me in. It's definitely not what it sounds like.

- "Blue Boots" by Robin Hobb also fit right in as the third story I skipped to. It's a wonderful story about a kitchen maid and a minstrel.

- "The Thing About Cassandra" by Neil Gaiman was, as most Gaiman tends to be, perfect. Spun my head right round at the end just the way I like it. I notice that's getting harder to do lately (I don't know if it's me or just newer writing) but he always manages somehow.

- "You, And You Alone" by Jacqueline Carey was my small foray into her universe. One reason I grabbed this book was to see if I liked her writing and to judge whether or not I'd like to try out her Kushiel series. Well, turns out I liked it very much and I'm super intrigued now to learn about these characters in a more in depth format.

- "His Wolf" by Lisa Tuttle... sucked for me. It was a pseudo-werewolf story, and I only skimmed through it while I was waiting for technicians to change my transmission fluid. Blech.

- "The Demon Dancer" by Mary Jo Putney also rubbed me quite wrong. The whole story seemed a bit too Buffy The Vampire Slayer-ish for me. I didn't enjoy it one bit.

That was also where I stopped, because the not-good stories were beginning to outweigh the good ones. It got returned to the library with some other less favored checkouts.

Unfortunately, I skipped the Tanith Lee story, and I may have liked it. ( )
  whatathymeitwas | Sep 13, 2020 |
This anthology is jam-packed with major authors who explore themes of star-crossed love, some of them within the worlds of existing series, such as Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. Most are along the lines of fantasy, but there were some science fiction tales mixed in as well. One of my favorites ("Hurt Me" by M.L.N. Hanover) tilted toward horror, not a genre I usually like, but the twist here was especially delicious. ( )
  ladycato | Nov 13, 2019 |
I'm not the biggest fan of short stories. I got this book for the Jacqueline Carey story of Anafiel from the Kushiel Series.

Some of the stories were very good, some were just ok. I don't honestly remember if I read them all, which is probably not a good sign :) ( )
  SoubhiKiewiet | Mar 20, 2018 |
All great stories, some more surreal than others. But closing with Diana Gabaldon's "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows" I mean...wow...5!! Deeply satisfying! ( )
  lissabeth21 | Oct 3, 2017 |
Read a couple of the stories before returning to the library. Good so far
  DobbyHasWings | Jun 22, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Dozois, GardnerEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Martin, George R. R.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Beagle, Peter S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beverley, JoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Butcher, JimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carey, JacquelineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gabaldon, DianaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Galenorn, YasmineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hanover, M. L. N.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hobb, RobinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holland, CeceliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, TanithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liu, Marjorie M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Putney, Mary JoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sinclair, LinneaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snodgrass, Melinda M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tuttle, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The earliest reference we can find for the phrase "star-crossed lovers" traces it to 1595, attributing it to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a tragedy about the doomed romance that blossoms between a young man and a young woman on the brawling streets of Verona, a romance that is destined to fail because the families they come from are locked in a deadly feud: "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, / a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life."
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Presents a collection of original tales that explores crossover themes of romance, fantasy, and science fiction, with contributions by such genre authors as Tanith Lee, Jo Beverly, Jim Butcher, and Neil Gaiman.

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Anthology of 17 short stories by different authors.


Love Hurts by Jim Butcher
The Marrying Maid by Jo Beverly
Rooftops by Carrie Vaughn
Hurt Me by M. L. N. Hanover
Demon Lover by Cecelia Holland
The Wayfarer's Advice by Melinda M. Snodgrass
Blue Boots by Robin Hobb
The Thing about Cassandra by Neil Gaiman
After the Blood by Marjorie M. Liu
You, and You Alone by Jacqueline Carey
His Wolf by Lisa Tuttle
Courting Trouble by Linnea Sinclair
The Demon Dancer by Mary Jo Putney
Under/Above the Water by Tanith Lee
Kaskia by Peter S. Beagle
Man in the Mirror by Yasmine Galenorn
A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows by Diana Gabaldon
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