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Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy Paperback – July 5, 2011
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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.
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My favorites are the following (in order of appearance):
1. Curses by Jim Butcher
2. On the Slide by Richard Bowes
3. Fairy Gifts by Patricia Briggs
4. Picking up the Pieces by Pat Cadigan
5. Underbridge by Peter S. Beagle
6. The Bricks of Gelecek by Matthew Kressel
7. The Way Station by Nathan Ballingrud
8. Guns for the Dead by Melissa Marr
9. King Pole, Gallows Pole, Bottle Tree by Elizabeth Bear
The other eleven stories are good, but to me, these just stood out as great examples of what a short story should be (a glimpse in a character's life, one theme explored; in short the modern fairy tale). With so many to choose from, I am sure there will be those who disagree with me on which stories are their favorites. But that is the beauty of this collection, it's all good and there is something for everyone
For many readers, the major attraction of this anthology will be Jim Butcher's "Curses," a Dresden Files story set in that series' milieu, Chicago. I'll confess that I've never read any of the series (supernatural detectives aren't my thing), and while "Curses" wasn't dazzling enough to change my mind on that, it's obvious that Butcher has mastered the wry private detective voice and done a credible job placing that voice in a world of fairies, demons, and yes, curses. This particular story is about baseball, another pastime that has entirely passed me by, but I imagine fans of the sport will get a kick out of Harry Dresden's investigation into the true story behind the Cubs' bad luck, and even I enjoyed it.
Fans of Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint and other novels set in that fantasy world will certainly want to pick up the anthology for "The Duke of Riverside," a story set both before and after the events of that novel, and featuring St. Vier and Alec.Read more ›
"Curses" (Dresden Files, 10.9)
"Duke of Riverside" (Riverside, before and after Swordspoint (Riverside, #1))
"Guns for the Dead" (Graveminder??, prequel?)
Jim Butcher's "Curses" is a funny tale of baseball, the Cubs, and Wrigley Field when Harry is hired to lift the curse preventing the Cubs from winning the World Series. Any World Series.
Delia Sherman's "How the Pooka Came to New York City" is cute and unexpectedly benign with a pooka involved! It's 1855 and we follow the emigration of Liam O'Casey accompanied by a pooka who believes he owes a debt.
Richard Bowes' "On the Slide" is a well-done, but sad tale of a bad economy and how a guy, himself down on his luck, is coping. Only there's more to sliding than simply slipping down the economic scale. It can also have a time element. One which could save your butt.
A good story, but rather confusing to read. I'd be curious to know if this is a series.
Ellen Kushner's "Duke of Riverside" leans heavily to the fantasy side of urban fantasy with a lord wanting to escape his destiny.
This was clever and cute, and I'm'a gonna put the Riverside series on my TBR, starting with Swordspoint (Riverside, #1).
Christopher Fowler's "Oblivion by Calvin Klein" is an odd tale about a woman addicted to spending money. I did not understand the ending at all.Read more ›
Jim Butcher is perhaps the current Master of this genre, but there are plenty of others- Simon Green, Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison, Ilona Andrews, Charles DeLint, China Meiville, Melissa Marr, Tanya Huff, Holly Black- and the list goes on.
But of those, only 4 appear here. Mind you, their stories are all quite good. Jim has one of his best short stories yet, full of whimsy and manners.
However, of the other 16 authors I only enjoyed a handful, and only a few are what I'd call Urban Fantasy. Some might even be considered "Speculative Fiction", which is a genre I don't care for.
Besides the "Big Four" I mentioned there's also: Delia Sherman writes a nice period piece "How the Pooka Came to New York City". Naomi Novik, who writes the "His Majesties Dragon" series has a nice little tale set in the crazy world of Manhattan Real Estate sales. Peter S Beagle, a fantasy writer of great renown dips into Urban Fantasy with a story about a bridge and a troll- perhaps the 2nd most famous troll in the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read the first couple of stories and enjoyed them well enough, but they began to have fewer and fewer magic or fantasy elements. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jon Swift
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 4 months 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 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mixed bag of generally solid stories built around city life. Includes a Harry Dresden wizard episode.Published 13 months ago by T. G. Gutheil
Interesting ang inventive stories, taking place in the middle of a city near you.Published 17 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 17 months ago by Jennifer