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Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers - Magical Tales of Love and Seduction Mass Market Paperback – November 5, 2002

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Obsessions, lust, passion, and ecstacy are the subjects of this excellent anthology edited by the talented, award-winning, and prolific team of Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. With uninhibited stories from heavy-hitters such as Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Pat Murphy, Jane Yolen, and Michael Swanwick, Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers won't fail to capture your attention and hold it. These authors and many more take readers on a journey to the boundaries of love and sex, jumping freely into the abyss of magical fascination and strange desire. Highlights include Oates's Oedipal story of a teenage sex object, Kelley Eskridge's tale of a wanderer who only finds release and love in the heart of violence, and Tanith Lee's look inside Little Red Riding Hood's secret fantasies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ellen Datlow is fiction editor for the SCIFI.COM website. She has edited numerous successful anthologies, including Blood Is Not Enough, Little Deaths, Off Limits, Twists of the Tale, and Vanishing Acts. With Terri Windling she has edited the popular anthology series The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror for sixteenyears. A multiple World Fantasy Award-winner, she lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (November 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061057827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061057823
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,911,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David F. on January 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
Definitely a worthwhile book to read if you enjoy both SF/fantasy and erotica. I thought the stories were well written and posed some interesting scenarios. I think the editors did an excellent job putting together this collection of sexy stories. My favorite story was "The Eye of the Storm" by Kelley Eskridge and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future. In many ways I felt that this was the most original story in the book and I find myself going back to reread it often.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
I stumbled across this book by chance, and I'm SO glady I did. It's extraordinary, sensual, and a completely wonderful read from start to finish. There's not a bad story in the book, and all of them are of the highest literary quality -- so much so that it's a shame this was published as "fantasy" and may not reach a wider mainstream audience. Whether you love fine literary fantasy or fine mainstream literature of an Angela Carter or Joyce Carol Oates calibre (Oates actually has a great new tale in the book), I can't recommend this one highly enough.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a gorgeous--magical--erotic--highly literary collection -- as one would expect from Ms. Datlow and Ms. Windling. I've never read anything like it before -- and I ended the book wanting more (I hope there's a sequel). The fascinating introduction by Terri Windling about eroticism and mythology is worth the price of the book alone -- but add stories by Ellen Kushner, Joyce Carol Oates and other luminaries and this becomes a book to treasure. I was almost put off by the cover --for some strange reason there are dead-looking women on the cover and I thought this was yet another sex-and-blood horror collection-- but when I saw the names of the editors I knew I was in good hands. Some of the stories are dark, but not so dark as Horror fiction, more like Angela Carter's dark fantasy. And other stories are as bright as day -- like Delia Sherman's scrumptiously bawdy Elizabethan fairy tale for instance. So ignore the cover -- or paste a romantically sexy picture of your own over it -- and enjoy this wonderful WONDERFUL book! Datlow and Windling have done it again.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jessica M Dotson on February 10, 2003
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This is not a terrible anthology, but it wasn't great. Many of the 22 stories were forgetable, but a few were good, such as Bird Count by Jane Yolen, Persephone by Wendy Froud (I wish this had been longer), and The House of Nine Doors by Ellen Kushner. Most of the other stories were mildly erotic at best. Still, they were all pretty creative. If you're into sci-fi and fantasy stories, you'll probably enjoy it. If you only want good erotica, you might want to pass this by.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on April 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Most erotica is rather sloppily written, on the theory that the people who are interested in it are not, in fact, interested in literary value, but in sexual arousal; the authors and editors of this book understand, delightfully, that there are those of us out here who enjoy an arousing story who are sufficiently literate as to be completely distracted from our arousal by poor writing, and they have written a wonderful anthology of extremely arousing stories with plot, characterization, and coherent language. If that's what you want, this is the book for you!
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2003
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Not quite what I expected. The stories were a little wierd. There was quite a bit of sex, but towards the end, it seemed tedious. There really wasn't any point in the act. Some of the stories were good. I enjoyed the one about the Acorn, Leaf woman. Mainly because of the Sidhe being in "our time" and known and descriminated against. I also like the Vampire one (there was only one Vampire story), but it ended abruptly. There was one about a "bird man" it was very short but cute. As for the book being "erotic", it didn't give me a rise. The stories were either humiliating and mean (the one about incest), or you just couldn't feel for any of the characters in any of the stories. If your a romance reader, or a lover of paranormal stories, save your money. There just doesn't seem to be any substance in any of these stories to warrant a good read. If you like off-the-wall stuff, then maybe this is for you.
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By princessana on August 24, 2013
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I read it cover to cover over the summer. My sister barely picked it up. It's full of wonderful scenarios, each with its own paranormal influence and unique set of circumstances. I liked some stories more than others, but all were diverting. I couldn't put this book down.
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