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This anthology of short fiction affords a superb sampling of urban fantasy, that popular sf/fantasy subgenre defined in the book's introduction (which, in all of three pages, is a welcome and helpful, to say nothing of articulate, definition of this subgenre) as a combination of the "often-dark edge of city living with enticing worlds of magic"--with an urban landscape being absolutely crucial to the story. To put it another way (as also expressed in the introduction, that is), "where the story takes place should matter, in some way, to the story." The headliner piece, by virtue of its placement first in the collection's presentation and the name recognition of the author, is "Curses," by Jim Butcher, creator of the urban-fantasy series Dresden Files. It opens like a noir detective story--"Most of my cases are pretty tame"--but by page 2, we see this is Dresden Files fiction as well. The premise is a riot: the famous curse upon the Chicago Cubs has supernatural origins here. "Priced to Sell," by Naomi Novik, is also very entertaining. It's about vampires buying real estate in Manhattan. But you will have fun with all 20 stories. (Booklist)
Multiple award-winning editor Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for almost thirty years. She was fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and SCIFICTION and has edited more than fifty anthologies, including the horror half of the long-running The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. She lives in New York. Visit her on the web at www.datlow.com.See all Editorial Reviews
I couldn't really you tell much about the plot of each short story. Some stories stuck in my head way more than others. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Elyse
I should know better than to get short stories. The deal with most short story collections is that they :) ave a headliner and a few other name writers that add strength to the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mixed bag of generally solid stories built around city life. Includes a Harry Dresden wizard episode.Published 9 months ago by T. G. Gutheil
Interesting ang inventive stories, taking place in the middle of a city near you.Published 12 months ago by Sonja Dalglish
Great Stories by Great Authors. I bought it for the Jim Butcher story, but plan to read all of the others as well soon.Published 13 months ago by Jennifer
bought it for Jim Butcher. I have I collection. wish he would write faster. Dresden series, if you are interested. book received as promised. great conditionPublished 14 months ago by Lenore Blueford