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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror:…

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

by Terri Windling (Editor), Ellen Datlow (Editor)

Other authors: Claudia Adriazola (Contributor), Francesca Lia Block (Contributor), Edward Bryant (Contributor), Jack Cady (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Contributor)51 more, Jonathan Carroll (Contributor), Susanna Clarke (Contributor), John Crowley (Contributor), Jack Dann (Contributor), Charles de Lint (Contributor), John F. Deane (Contributor), Terry Dowling (Contributor), Steve Duffy (Contributor), Carol Ann Duffy (Contributor), Andy Duncan (Contributor), Harlan Ellison (Contributor), Elizabeth Engstrom (Contributor), Louise Erdrich (Contributor), Dennis Etchison (Contributor), James Frenkel (Contributor), Esther M. Friesner (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Greer Gilman (Contributor), Laurence Goldstein (Contributor), Gavin J. Grant (Contributor), Glen Hirshberg (Contributor), Nalo Hopkinson (Contributor), Elizabeth Howkins (Contributor), Seth Johnson (Contributor), Jack Ketchum (Contributor), Kathe Koja (Contributor), Terry Lamsley (Contributor), Tanith Lee (Contributor), Kelly Link (Contributor), Bret Lott (Contributor), Janet McAdams (Contributor), Paul J. McAuley (Contributor), Claudia Barbosa Nogueira (Contributor), Stewart O'Nan (Contributor), Ben Pastor (Contributor), Dawn Karima Pettigrew (Contributor), Stacey Richter (Contributor), Ian Rodwell (Contributor), Leone Ross (Contributor), Donelle R. Ruwe (Contributor), Delia Sherman (Contributor), Ellen Steiber (Contributor), Eve Sweetser (Contributor), Melanie Tem (Contributor), Steve Rasnic Tem (Contributor), Jeffrey Thomas (Contributor), Tia V. Travis (Contributor), Justin Tussing (Contributor), Amy Wack (Contributor), Howard Wandrei (Contributor), Jane Yolen (Contributor)

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Series: Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (14 2001)

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For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. The critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition continues with another stunning collection, including stories by Jack Cady, Ramsey Campbell, Susanna Clarke, Jack Dann, Terry Dowling, Dennis Etchison, Greer Gilman, Nalo Hopkinson, Kelly Link, Kathe Koja, Paul J. McAuley, Delia Sherman. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.… (more)



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I am willing to bet that this book does, indeed, contain the year’s best fantasy and horror for the year 2000. The problem is finding them in this morass of verbiage. Yeah – there are a lot of stories here. And I think this book does an excellent job of proving that more is not better. Don’t get me wrong, there are very good stories in here. The problem is that there is so much more that really isn’t worth the time. It all started really well. “Incognita, Inc.” by Harlan Ellison is a typical Ellison story about where all those magical maps come from, and what happens when the conglomerates gobble up the store. Next is “Maria de Jesus” by Claudia Barbosa Nogueira which tells of a child who can throw things at an angle that makes them disappear, until he disappears. And then “Le Mooz” by Louise Erdrich; a great fish story that is used to speak about love, and missing those we love. At this point I was excited. If the entire volume went this way, it would be one of the great collections I’ve ever read. Then there was a poem. A poem? Okay, looks like this best of collection includes poems. (Quick aside about poems. Well-written poems are incredible vehicles, bringing the most bang for such a small buck. But, one must be ready, must be of a mind to take them in, one must be prepared to go deeply. Interspersing poetry in a short story collection does the poems no justice, and provides the reader no value. I did not find a poem here I can even now remember. That may not be the poems fault. But I refuse to take blame because of the context in which they were presented.) The next few stories were both good and medium. And then they continued to spiral down – finally reaching the incomprehensible and (no, not that) the flat out boring. There were more good ones. “The Pottawatomie Giant” by Andy Duncan about a meeting between heavyweight fighter Jess Willard and Harry Houdini; “The Cavemen in the Hedges” by Stacey Richter about an influx of Neanderthals using a time portal to visit our time, and “Mr. Dark’s Carnival” by Glen Hirshberg about a mythical, sinister carnival that visits the town every Halloween are all worth the time. But there is so much else mixed in. The book ends on a very solid note with Esther M. Freisner’s “Hallowmass” – a story that shows a mixing of Medieval Catholic and the Fairy Folk (combinations that often leave me yawning) in a way that exhibits a nice blend of the fantastic with a deep appreciation of what love and understanding are about. Yes, like any good collection, it starts and ends with some of its best. There is just way too much in between. ( )
  figre | Jan 19, 2008 |
I couldn't describe this as properly read as I only dipped into it, the only thing that caught my attention completely was a poem by Neil Gaimon
  wyvernfriend | Jan 24, 2006 |
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Datlow, EllenEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Adriazola,ClaudiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Block,Francesca LiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bryant, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cady,JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Pastor,BenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Tem, MelanieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Travis,Tia V.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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