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Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2012 Edition: A Tor.Com Original [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Bear , Adam-Troy Castro , Paul Cornell , Kathryn Cramer , Brit Mandelo , Pat Murphy , Charles Stross , Michael Swanwick , Rachel Swirsky , Gene Wolfe , Patrick Nielsen Hayden , Liz Gorinsky , David G. Hartwell
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A collection of some of the best original short fiction published in 2012. Includes stories by Elizabeth Bear, Adam Troy Castro, Paul Cornell, Kathryn Cramer, Brit Mandelo, Pat Murphy, Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Rachel Swirsky, and Gene Wolfe.


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  • File Size: 1343 KB
  • Publisher: Tor Books (January 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AF62E3U
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some decent shorts January 17, 2013
By Daryl
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Tor picked out a nice selection of short stories for this anthology. And the price was certainly right. Well worth a read, especially as a freebie.

EDIT: Anyone reading these reviews ought to note the date of the review. This book was only published on 1/1/2013. Any review with a date prior to that is quite possibly reviewing the 2011 version. There are no Nazis (I hate those guys!) in the 2013 edition, but Doc Holliday plays a starring role.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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For zero dollars down, this baker's dozen of science fiction/fantasy stories is good value.

Of course, as with any anthology, you are unlikely to be universally wowed and so it was, for me, with "Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2012 Edition: A Tor.Com Original".

"Dormanna", the opening short by Gene Wolfe, for example, was well written - as Wolfe stories generally are - but it failed to light my fire. Couldn't really see the point to it, to be honest. But it was followed up by Rachel Swirsky's "Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia" with its novel spin on magical powers and that I did enjoy. And Michael Swanwick's "The Mongolian Wizard" was fun, with another take on magic setting up a parable for our troubled world.

And so it went.

"The Ghosts of Christmas" by Paul Cornell was troubling on a number of levels. The science of it did not make a lot of sense - time travel but only to some few minutes on exactly the same day each year past or future? And then there was the bleakness of the situation and character, with a trite sense of redemption at the end. It felt clumsy overall and did not appeal to my high-tech tastes.

Rick Berry's "The Finite Canvas" was more to my taste, set on a future Earth ravaged by global warming and economic poverty after a diaspora to space. The interplay between a doctor trying to get by and a patient who wants pain and punishment was engrossing.

Kathryn Cramer's "Am I Free to Go?" was also high-tech, but in a different direction as a low-key, personal rebellion against the Privatised State plays out in the characters head. There are some challenging ideas here about Big Brother vs. Personal Liberty and Cramer makes it a thoughtful journey without resorting to diatribe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love short stories February 23, 2014
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And these were excellent. Tor allows me little tastes of writers I may or may not be familiar with. And, then, tells me what else they've written. It's a literary sampler.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection January 28, 2013
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I had already read a few of these via Tor.com, however I had missed a few. They are wonderful little snippets into a variety of sub-genres that all fall under the heading of "scifi/fantasy" and give the reader glimpses into the stories that these authors share.

All in all, I highly recommend this collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories July 9, 2014
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A collection well worth reading. Some of course stronger than others. They are, of course, meant to encourage the purchase of other works by the authors and in some cases just might. If you're a fan of short stories you should enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent December 22, 2013
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I found the stories thoughtful and thought provoking. I have begun going to the tor.com site and reading original stories there due to this collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing November 22, 2013
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Great collection of short stories....a breath of fresh air after too many cheap or free E published books! I recommend this even if some won't be to everyons taste.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good selection. Stronger than 2011 November 10, 2013
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This is a stronger collection than the 2011 Edition, perhaps because it was less self-consciously global - the stories were better, but had a narrower reach. There were no weak stories here. Some were no more than adequate, but a number were quite strong. The anthology came closer than 2011's to fulfilling the goal of a simple collection of good stories.

In particular, I enjoyed:
"Portrait of Lisane de Patagna", by Rachel Swirsky, about a painter, her instructor, and magic. The ending could have been stronger, but the body of the story was well done.
"The Mongolian Wizard", by Michael Swanwick, about a steampunkish alternate Earth of wizards and espionage. I've not been taken with Mr. Swanwick's other work, but I found this very enjoyable. It suffers from giving a strong feeling of excerpt or prologue, but it does stand alone reasonably well.

All in all, a good collection, and worth picking up (it's free).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Check it out!
Great stories and even one that won a Nebula award
Published 5 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Collection
Not bad for a free book. One two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen, done
Published 1 month ago by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Love a good collection of short stories
Love a collection of good short stories. Fast reads at bedtime... when you want to complete a story so you can turn out the lights.
Published 1 month ago by NewPenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Some very interesting stories in here.
Published 1 month ago by Tom Keaney
3.0 out of 5 stars I would have felt bad if I paid for it
For a free e-book, i was worth the price. I would have felt bad if I paid for it.
Published 2 months ago by KB
5.0 out of 5 stars a great collection
It has a timer of some sort. Having finished all the stories I am now running it out to see what it does.

But each story is complete and well executed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Marsh
3.0 out of 5 stars Good so-fi
Quick easy reading, most very interesting,a few boring stories but overall worth a read. A good way to find authors for one
Published 10 months ago by roro
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great stories
This collection had some great stories, several really good ones, and none that I disliked. It was a great way to discover some new writers.
Published 11 months ago by Tungsten Hippo
4.0 out of 5 stars Best from Tor
A good variety of stories. I preferred the fantasy over the "horror" . I disliked "Our Human", in fact I couldn't finish it. I plan to investigate other Tor anthologies.
Published 11 months ago by Phyllis Boros
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