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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror:…

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

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

Other authors: Marion Arnott (Contributor), Christopher Barzak (Contributor), Terry Blackhawk (Contributor), Gala Blau (Contributor), James P. Blaylock (Contributor)48 more, Edward Bryant (Contributor), Milbre Burch (Contributor), Michael Chabon (Contributor), Susanna Clarke (Contributor), Ryan G. Van Cleave (Contributor), June Considine (Contributor), Charles de Lint (Contributor), Anthony Doerr (Contributor), Jean-Claude Dunyach (Contributor), Carol Emshwiller (Contributor), Jeffrey Ford (Contributor), Christopher Fowler (Contributor), James Frenkel (Contributor), Ray Gonzalez (Contributor), Gavin J. Grant (Contributor), Elizabeth Hand (Contributor), Melissa Hardy (Contributor), Bob Hicok (Contributor), Glen Hirshberg (Contributor), Tanya Huff (Contributor), Charlee Jacob (Contributor), Graham Joyce (Contributor), Caitlin R. Kiernan (Contributor), Kathe Koja (Contributor), Ursula K. Le Guin (Contributor), Kurt Leland (Contributor), Michael Libling (Contributor), Sandra J. Lindow (Contributor), Kelly Link (Contributor), Liz Lochhead (Contributor), Gregory Maguire (Contributor), Barry Malzberg (Contributor), Lawrence Miles (Contributor), Susan Palwick (Contributor), Norman Partridge (Contributor), Tim Pratt (Contributor), Patrick Roscoe (Contributor), Daniel Ulanovsky Sack (Contributor), S.P. Somtow (Contributor), Marin Sorescu (Contributor), Steve Rasnic Tem (Contributor), Scott Thomas (Contributor), Ryan G. Van Cleave (Contributor), Charles Vess (Contributor), Joan D. Vinge (Contributor), Ellen Wernecke (Contributor), Gene Wolfe (Contributor), Jane Yolen (Contributor)

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Series: Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (15 2002)

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A new fifteenth annual collection of the best short fantasy and horror fiction of the year includes a wrap-up of the best horror and fantasy comics and the best anime and manga.



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Book Description: New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2005. Fine. First Edition. Fifteenth Annual Collection.
  Czrbr | Jun 7, 2010 |
I sometimes find short fiction anthologies a bit difficult to slog through simply because there's no overarching story. There's nothing driving me onwards once I've finished each individual tale. I feel free to moon around, reading a piece here and a piece there.

I don't have that problem with the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series. Each story impresses me so much that I'm eager to rush into the next one in the hopes that it'll be just as good. And it almost always is.

I've read four of these mammoth anthologies now, and would consider this another solid installment in the series. It contains a lot of really good, literate fiction that explores genre concerns without every sacrificing literary quality. The stories are, for the most part, both thought-provoking and entertaining. There are a few that did little for me, but in each case I could see where the author was coming from and appreciated their grasp of the craft.

My favourite story was definitely "Gestella" by Susan Palwick. Palwick's style threw me straight into the narrative, and her buildup is just gorgeous. Even though I could see just how the story had to end, I found myself hoping against hope that I was wrong. That it had been tagged a horror selection as a mistake. But of course, there's been no error, either in Datlow's selection or Palwick's execution. It was brilliantly done; I'd consider it one of the best horror stories I've yet read. I also found "Prussian Snowdrops" by Marion Arnott, "The Adolescence of Orpheus" by Kurt Leland, and "Annabelle's Alphabet" by Tim Pratt particularly to my liking, and I found myself grinning ear to ear as I finished "His Own Backyard" by James P. Blaylock.

And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the summations. As always, I found the horror section jumbled and difficult, but the rest were very nicely done. I've acquired some good suggestions for future reading, listening and viewing. My poor TBR list!

My only (minor) complaint is that there isn't more traditional fantasy. While I applaud Datlow and Windling for looking outside normal genre boundaries, it would be nice to see a couple more stories that take a more literary approach to traditional fantasy. There are a few, but the vast majority of these tales are contemporary and/or urban, with decidedly magical realist leanings. It's not a bad thing, but it does nag at me a bit.

But overall, I highly recommend both this particular volume and the series as a whole. I would suggest that you try a volume or two out before you invest in many of them, though; there are plenty of readers who find Datlow and Windling's taste quite different from their own. ( )
1 vote xicanti | Aug 8, 2008 |
What a slog! Ten days to read this immense anthology. Too long. Too many works. I’ve now finished both Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies I bought a while ago. I don’t think I’ll be picking up any more. There were three really outstanding stories, but overall I just don’t think I like enough of the stories to bear with more of the Datlow/Windling Best Ofs. The three I like most were "Onion", "Struwwelpeter", and "Gestella". "His Own Back Yard" follows closely after those. While I didn’t get most of the poetry, I don’t mind it so much because it’s usually short, and those who do like poetry get something they enjoy.

Ful review at my blog ( )
  KingRat | Jun 25, 2008 |
Jointly edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling. The 15th annual collection of the best in both fantasy & horror for 2001. As well as the stories, I especially love the well written and reasoned wrap up of what occured in all media for these genres, plus the pages of Notable Mentions at the end. That list provides so much more scope for further wishlist searching (as well as more author works to expand my library). ( )
  ryn_books | Feb 14, 2006 |
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Datlow, EllenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Windling, TerriEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Arnott,MarionContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barzak,ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blackhawk,TerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blau,GalaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blaylock,James P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bryant, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burch,MilbreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chabon,MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Considine,JuneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Lint, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Le Guin,Ursula K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Canty,ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed


The Hunter's Wife (short story) by Anthony Doerr

The Cowardly Coffin (poem) by Marin Sorescu

In These Final Days of Sales by Steve Rasnic Tem

To Dream of White Horses (short story) by June Considine

Skin by Charlee Jacob

Prussian Snowdrops (short story) by Marion Arnott

The Honeyed Knot by Jeffrey Ford

Timmy Gobel's Bug Jar by Michael Libling

The God Of Dark Laughter by Michael Chabon

The Adolescence of Orpheus (poem) by Kurt Leland

Trading Hearts At The Half Kaffe Café by Charles de Lint

Louise's Ghost by Kelly Link

Fairy Tale Pantoum (poem) by Ellen Wernecke

The Puppet and the Train (short story) by Scott Thomas

Crocodile Lady by Christopher Fowler

The Barbarian and the Queen: Thirteen Views {short story} by Jane Yolen

Becoming Bird (poem) by Bob Hicok

Sop Doll (short story) by Milbre Burch

Plenty by Christopher Barzak

Bones of the Earth {short story} by Ursula K. Le Guin

What the Story Weaves, the Spinner Tells (poem) by Terry Blackhawk

Onion by Caitlín Kiernan

Where the Woodbine Twineth (short story) by Norman Partridge

Struwwelpeter by Glen Hirshberg

Outfangthief by Gala Blau

Rites: Cleaning the Last Bones (poem) by Gavin J. Grant

Watch Me When I Sleep by Jean-Claude Dunyach

The Tattoo Artist (short story) by Patrick Roscoe

Cleopatra Brimstone by Elizabeth Hand

Grass by Lawrence Miles

If Death, a Preprimer (poem) by Sandra J. Lindow

The Bird Catcher by Somtow Sucharitkul

Black Dust (short story) by Graham Joyce

Annabelle's Alphabet by Tim Pratt

Tom Brightwind, or, How the Fairy Bridge Was Built at Thoresby (short story) by Susanna Clarke

Gestella [short story] by Susan Palwick

The Legend (short story) by Ray Gonzalez

Oh, Glorious Sight [short story] by Tanya Huff

Home Cooking (short story) by Daniel Ulanovsky

Queen by Gene Wolfe

The Project by Carol Emshwiller

"The Man in the Comic Strip" (poem) by Liz Lochhead

Strange Things About Birds (short story) by Scott Thomas

What We Did That Summer by Barry N. Malzberg

Aesculapius in the Underworld (poem) by Ryan G. Van Cleave

Scarecrow [short story] by Gregory Maguire

The Bockles (short story) by Melissa Hardy

His Own Back Yard by James P. Blaylock

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