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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.
If you like urban fantasy, I would definatally recommend it.
It's really clear the editor was way more concerned with getting big names rather than sticking to the types of stories readers would expect from a book like this.
Do not waste your money or time on this book or you can just read every 8th paragraph and knoe the total story and ending.
Interesting ang inventive stories, taking place in the middle of a city near you.Published 3 days 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 9 days 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 1 month ago by Lenore Blueford
Liked the exposure to other authors...some I would like to read more from.Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey R Rubin
Enjoyed the variety of stories, many by authors I had not read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes their fantasy urban and not of the garden variety.Published 3 months ago by Tosari Trueblade
The collection is diverse, but uneven related to writing quality
I enjoyed many of the stories and recommend the collection for someone with a broad definition of Urban... Read more
Naked City is an anthology (collection of short stories) book. the Stories are a Urban fantasy genre (magic/supernatural in a modern world/city setting). Read morePublished 4 months ago by apidone
I’ll begin by saying I enjoyed almost every story in this collection, however…
Fantasy = magical things, paranormal wonders, and supernatural goodies. Read more