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Product Details

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books; First Edition edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597800686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597800686
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Australian editor Strahan (Best Short Novels: 2007) gathers 24 stories from a wealth of standard and New Age publications for a provocative anthology that will satisfy readers looking for fresh, contemporary work that stretches both SF and fantasy boundaries. Walter Jon Williams's bittersweet "Incarnation Day" and Cory Doctorow's oddly touching "I, Row-Boat" extrapolate current bioengineering and robotics trends into far-flung times and places. Kelly Link's elegiac "The Wizards of Perfil" and Peter S. Beagle's perceptive take on siblinghood, "El Regalo," skew family relationships into bizarre and endearing new shapes. Still others, especially Elizabeth Hand's exquisite "The Saffron Gatherer" and Margo Lanagan's terrifying "Under Hell, Over Heaven," defy categorization, offering flashes of primal recognition of the peaks and valleys of human emotion. Except for a few forays into gory violence (possibly influenced by current video gaming), these stories all refract experience into kaleidoscopic new worlds—strange, dangerous and lovely. (Apr.)
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This is an excellent sampling of some of the most interesting contemporary voices in sf and fantasy, including Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow, Kelly Link, and Paul Di Filippo, tackling a pleasingly wide range of subject matter. Jeffrey Ford's "Night Whiskey" concerns the strange customs of a small town and the terrible things that sometimes come out of the unknown. Christopher Rowe's "Another Word for Map Is Faith" concerns a future in which the faithful of Christendom traverse the earth, "correcting" geography to conform to the errors on maps. The volume closer, Ian McDonald's "Djinn's Wife," is a lovely fairy tale of the future about a dancer who marries an AI; as the narrator observes, even if it doesn't have a happy ending like a Bollywood movie, it has a happy enough ending. Editor Strahan has selected a lot of winning stories here, well worth revisiting, often more than once. Regina Schroeder
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on September 7, 2007
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A new series of books, or so we hope. I read this fully expecting not to like the fantasy part as much as the SF part, and that certainly turned out to be the case. What I have basically classified as SF to myself averages around 3.80, the fantasy part, 3.60.

Anyway, I have always looked at these sort of things as Best SF with bonus material.

In fact, fantasy is broadly defined here, from with boys, to child slaughtering horror.

The breakdown of genre is SF a bit under half - and the odd nebulous story that you could call SF would take it a bit over half, for those that are mostly interested in this as a science fiction book. For the rest, perhaps 60:40 fantasy to horror, by my classification, for those interested in that sort of thing one way or the other.

The editor gives a brief introduction, which is an historical overview of various 'Year's Best' series, and his own favorite editors of the past. Not sure whether it is short of choice, or for space reasons as he was trying to pack in as much story as possible. If that is the case, then perhaps publishers in a similar situation could consider longer editorial introduction with perhaps a url in the book, or even that as an excerpt or promo.

The story intros are brief, with a little bit of biography, and a little bit of introduction, and keeps to the right side of the line of reading like advertising. Speaking of which, this book actually has relevant advertisements for other books by the publisher. Normally, most people don't like advertising, but in the case of books, I find it good to have what else is available, with publisher's URL prominently available. Even if you just do the old fashioned one page list like was done in the past, that is fine.
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A sad compendium of tales that offer interesting ideas but that generally lack all narrative drive. I gave up reading several as they were just too boring. Even the better stories by Neil Gamon, Kelly Link, and Robert Charles Wilson felt more like toss-offs. I was an avid Sci-Fi fan through the early 1990s. If this anthology reflects the best the genre has to offer today, then it has slipped in a major way. But I suspect it has more to do with the editors' choices. I do not recommend this one.
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There were a slew of stories that I just couldn't get through and gave up on, but the ones I could get through weren't too bad.

Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter - Couldn't stand it, stopped halfway through
Femaville 29 - Held my interest and killed some time, but no big revelations here
The Djinn's Wife - Moderately Enjoyable

The quality is consistently inconsistent throughout.

If you're a Strahan fan and are considering buying this, just do it, the low price justifies the so-so quality.
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By Terry H. on November 24, 2014
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Great anthology.
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