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The New Weird by Ann VanderMeer
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The New Weird (2008)

by Ann VanderMeer, Jeff Vandermeer (Editor)

Other authors: Daniel Abraham (Contributor), Clive Barker (Contributor), K. J. Bishop (Contributor), Michael Cisco (Contributor), Paul Di Filippo (Contributor)20 more, Hal Duncan (Contributor), Brian Evenson (Contributor), Jeffrey Ford (Contributor), Felix Gilman (Contributor), M. John Harrison (Contributor), Simon D. Ings (Contributor), Kathe Koja (Contributor), Leena Krohn (Contributor), Jay Lake (Contributor), Thomas Ligotti (Contributor), Darja Malcolm-Clarke (Contributor), China Miéville (Contributor), Sarah Monette (Contributor), Michael Moorcock (Contributor), Cat Rambo (Contributor), Alistair Rennie (Contributor), Steph Swainston (Contributor), Jeffrey Thomas (Contributor), Jacob Weisman (Series Editor), Conrad Williams (Contributor)

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3741328,918 (3.59)24
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    Perdido Street Station by China Miéville (davisfamily)
    davisfamily: A great example of the New Weird genre. Great Characters and a unique setting, not quite steampunk and not quite science fiction.
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    Steampunk by Ann VanderMeer (Dead_Dreamer)
    Dead_Dreamer: A few of THE NEW WEIRD's authors return to describe a steam-powered era that never was: Jay Lake, Paul Di Filippo and Michael Moorcock.
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I enjoyed the stories, but I didn't really enjoyed the essays around them. ( )
  adamwolf | Jan 4, 2017 |
Overall, not a bad anthology, mixing elements of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Most of the stories are not original to this book, so if you're a fan of the authors, it's likely you've read them before. They tend toward the dark, extreme and often grotesque and disgusting, so if that's not your scene, you probably won't enjoy.
My main issue with the book is its tendency toward navel-gazing. It should have just stuck with presenting the work, rather than going on and on about how to define the term "new weird," reprinting online forum arguments, and asking random industry people what they think of it. The introduction is also 'weirdly' full of China-Mieville-hero-worship. Not that Mr. Mieville doesn't necessarily deserve it, but it was slightly odd. Basically, I don't care about ultra-narrow genre-defining; let's just skip to the stories, and let them speak for themselves!

Contents:

Introduction
“The New Weird: ‘It’s Alive?’ Jeff VanderMeer

Stimuli
M. John Harrison “The Luck in the Head”
Michael Moorcock “Crossing into Cambodia”
Clive Barker “In the Hills, the Cities”
Simon D. Ings “The Braining of Mother Lamprey”
Kathe Koja “The Neglected Garden”
Thomas Ligotti “A Soft Voice Whispers Nothing”

Evidence
China Mieville “Jack”
Jeffrey Thomas “Immolation”
Jay Lake “The Lizard of Ooze”
Brian Evenson “Watson’s Boy”
K .J. Bishop “The Art of Dying”
Jeffrey Ford “At Reparata”
Leena Krohn “Letters from Tainaron”
Steph Swainston “The Ride of the Gabbleratchet”
Alistair Rennie “The Gutter Sees the Light That Never Shines” (original)

Discussion
“New Weird: The Creation of a Term”
Michael Cisco “‘New Weird’: I Think We’re the Scene”
Darja Malcolm-Clarke “Tracking Phantoms”
K. J. Bishop “Whose Words You Wear”
“European Editor Perspectives on the New Weird” (featuring the views of Michael Haulica from Romania, Martin Sust from the Czech Republic, Hannes Riffel from Germany, Konrad Waleski from Poland, and Jukka Halme from Finland)

Laboratory (Original round-robin story)

“Festival Lives”

Preamble: Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
View 1: “Death in a Dirty Dhoti” Paul Di Filippo
View 2: “Cornflowers Beside the Unuttered” Cat Rambo
View 3: “All God’s Chillun Got Wings” Sarah Monette
View 4: “Locust-Mind” Daniel Abraham
View 5: “Constable Chalch and the Ten Thousand Heroes” Felix Gilman
View 6: “Golden Lads All Must…” Hal Duncan
View 7: “Forfend the Heavens’ Rending” Conrad Williams

Recommended Reading
Biographical Notes
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Individual story ratings for the fiction. I did not care much for the genre discussion pieces in between.

M. John Harrison – "The Luck in the Head" (***)
Clive Barker – "In the Cities, the Hills" (**)
Michael Moorcock – "Crossing into Cambodia" (***)
Simon D. Ings – "The Braining of Mother Lamprey (****)
Kathe Koja – "The Neglected Garden" (**)
Thomas Ligotti – "A Soft Voice Whispers Nothing" (***)
China Miéville – "Jack" (***)
Jeffrey Thomas – "Immolation" (****)
Jay Lake – "The Lizard of Ooze" (***)
Brian Evenson – "Watson's Boy" (****)
K .J. Bishop – "The Art of Dying" (***)
Jeffrey Ford – "At Reparata” (***)
Leena Krohn – "Letters from Tainaron" (**)
Steph Swainston – "The Ride of the Gabbleratchet" (***)
Alistair Rennie – "The Gutter Sees the Light That Never Shines" (****)
Laboratory (Original round-robin story) "Festival Lives" (**)

On the whole this was certainly worth reading but never great. ( )
  igorken | Jul 22, 2014 |
M. John Harrison – "The Luck in the Head"
Michael Moorcock – "Crossing into Cambodia"
Clive Barker – "In the Cities, the Hills"
Simon D. Ings – "The Braining of Mother Lamprey"
Kathe Koja – "The Neglected Garden"
Thomas Ligotti – "A Soft Voice Whispers Nothing"
China Miéville – "Jack"
Jeffrey Thomas – "Immolation"
Jay Lake – "The Lizard of Ooze"
Brian Evenson – "Watson's Boy"
K .J. Bishop – "The Art of Dying"
Jeffrey Ford – "At Reparata”
Leena Krohn – "Letters from Tainaron"
Steph Swainston – "The Ride of the Gabbleratchet"
Alistair Rennie – "The Gutter Sees the Light That Never Shines"

"New Weird Discussions: The Creation of a Term"
Michael Cisco – "'New Weird': I Think We're the Scene"
Darja Malcolm-Clarke – "Tracking Phantoms"
K. J. Bishop – "Whose Words You Wear"
"European Editor Perspectives on the New Weird"
Laboratory (Original round-robin story) "Festival Lives"
Preamble: Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
View 1: "Death in a Dirty Dhoti" – Paul Di Filippo
View 2: "Cornflowers Beside the Unuttered" – Cat Rambo
View 3: "All God's Chillun Got Wings" – Sarah Monette
View 4: "Locust-Mind" – Daniel Abraham
View 5: "Constable Chalch and the Ten Thousand Heroes" – Felix Gilman
View 6: "Golden Lads All Must..." – Hal Duncan
View 7: "Forfend the Heavens' Rending" – Conrad Williams ( )
  SChant | Apr 26, 2013 |
The short stories included are mostly good, some quite impressive, but my main interest was in the introduction and 'Symposium' sections discussing the definition of the genre, whether it actually warrants being considered one, and the issues addressed by its existence or lack thereof. I don't often see groups of authors so willing to engage and discuss their work and its context to such extent, and it definitely helps to highlight certain aspects of their work and any they might be responding to. ( )
  Longshanks | May 14, 2012 |
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VanderMeer, AnnEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vandermeer, JeffEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Abraham, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barker, CliveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bishop, K. J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cisco, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Di Filippo, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duncan, HalContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Evenson, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ford, JeffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilman, FelixContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harrison, M. JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ings, Simon D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Koja, KatheContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Krohn, LeenaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lake, JayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ligotti, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malcolm-Clarke, DarjaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miéville, ChinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Monette, SarahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moorcock, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rambo, CatContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rennie, AlistairContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swainston, StephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thomas, JeffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Weisman, JacobSeries Editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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