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From Publishers Weekly

Declaring that short stories are the heart and soul of fantastical fiction, prolific and venerable editor Datlow collects 16 impressive original stories in this unthemed anthology. Standout selections include Margo Lanagan's deeply disturbing The Goosle, which eloquently corrupts the Hansel and Gretel fable with bubonic plague, sexual slavery and mass murder; Jason Stoddard's The Elephant Ironclads, which describes an emergent 20th-century Navajo nation struggling to become a world power while staying true to its culture; Elizabeth Bear's Sonny Liston Takes the Fall, a poignant tale about the life, death and sad legacy of the troubled heavyweight fighter; and Pat Cadigan's Jimmy, a strange and supernatural coming-of-age story set in the moments just after John F. Kennedy's assassination. The thematic diversity and consistently high quality of narrative throughout make for a solid and enjoyable anthology. (Apr.)
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Adult/High School—This collection of cutting-edge writing has appeal to older teens familiar with the demands of speculative fiction at its best. The 16 pieces include tales of alien abduction and war, murder, familial abuse, and alternate histories of the world. Many are emotionally charged and most keep readers working hard to keep up with the inventive narrative and leaps of unexpected science and fantasy. There are ghosts and monsters here, and two stories with strikingly different examples of golems. One is a tragic sacrificial figure named Sonny Liston, otherwise known as a famous American boxer; the other is a creation made literally from Hebrew letters and brought to life by a rabbinical student for his own purpose. To the man's surprise, his golem has its own agenda, which is to fulfill its destiny as a vengeful agent of God's Word. Several of these stories are puzzling and lack clear resolutions; they make readers ponder what they mean and how they end-just what speculative fiction should do. An anthology that's thought-provoking and intellectually challenging.—Will Marston, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345496329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345496324
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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THE DEL REY BOOK OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY edited by Ellen Datlow is a very different kind of speculative fiction anthology. As Ms. Datlow indicates in the preface, you won't find a lot of space opera or sword and sorcery in this book.

It opens with a superb alternate history by Jason Stoddard. In "The Elephant Ironclads" two young friends, Niyol and Wallace, come across two men seeking plutonium, which is considered "the heart of the mountain" in Dinetah. In a short span of time, the boys learn that life is about tough choices, progress may also mean sacrifice, and being a hero requires more than either of them imagined. It's a story that questions the values of contemporary society: What if our cultural myths are true? How would we view our current lifestyles if directly faced with the values of the past?

Lucy Sussex's "Ardent Clouds" is an interesting soft science fiction story about a young woman's self-destructive tendencies and thirst for adventure, and the repercussions of her disregard for her own safety. It comes across as a dramatic peek into the lives of volcanologists and adventurers. The characters are real, and the story ends with an expected dose of reality that seems to be a challenge to the standards of typical action/adventure stories.

One of my favorite stories in the collection is "The Lagerstatte" by Laird Barron. It's a chilling, non-linear ghost story that starts off slowly, giving the reader some necessary background information. But there is a gradual pull as it begins to wrap the reader in a tight blanket of the main character's darkness and suffering. Danni is a woman on the edge after losing her husband and son to a tragic accident.
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This sixteen story anthology runs the gamut of speculative fiction, which makes it in many ways a fresh throwback before themed restraints became the name of the short story game for especially fantasy and horror but to a lesser degree science fiction and alternate history too. The contributions are all well written with several spectacular entries. "Renaissance" readers will enjoy the compilation from the opening alternate history act (The Elephant Ironclads" by Jason Stoddard) to the closing collaboration "Prisoners of the Action" by McCauley and Newman and points in between. The tales include contemporary urban ("Ardent Clouds" by Lucy Sussex), fairy tale revision ("The Goosle" by Margo Langan), and an alternate historical fictional account of why "Sonny Liston Takes the Fall" in his bout with Ali then Clay by Elizabeth Bear. Sci fi is present with "Special Economics" in China by Maureen F. McHugh and changing urban geography too ("AKA St. Marks Place" by Richard Bowes). Barry Malzberg provides a change of pace with plenty of humor with his talking goat golem in "The Passion of Azrael". With supernatural entries ("Jimmy" by Pat Cadigan and "The Lagerstatte by Laird Barron)) to round out the anthology, this is a strong refreshing all over the place collection though a strong alternate history (to include "Shira" by Lavie Tidhar) presence is throughout.

Harriet Klausner
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As I read these sixteen stories, I kept hoping the next one would be good. I suspect the editor chose stories with clever writing rather than ones that work as stories. I do admire the writers' techniques. But who wants to listen to B.B. King practice scales with perfect precision? I'd rather hear him howl out some painful feeling from the depths of his soul. And I'd rather read the short story equivalent.

Some praise is due--the writing is clever. For example, in Lavie Tidhar's "Shira," the main character travels with a little suitcase that is personified into a loyal pet in brief phrases scattered through the text. Nicely done, reminding me of skillful brush strokes I enjoy in other writing. "Shira" contains further cleverness, a tale within a tale twisting recursively in a way that took some skill to write. I'd have loved it if it had happened within more of a...story. It came off like a cleverly executed exercise.

There was too much of this across the pieces in the collection, casting doubt on Ellen Datlow's criteria for assembling them. I could be lacking in the postmodern sensibility to appreciate such art, bringing a beer-and-pretzels mentality to a wine-and-cheese tasting. But I don't think so. I can see the cleverness. I understand near stream-of-consciousness writing to portray the confusion and unique quality of a protagonist's mental illness. I understand how an abrupt ending can encourage, even require a reader to process a story's implications. But it doesn't work for me without more story to go with it.

I'm not sorry I read this book because I learned some things about writing. I do regret buying the book, and that there is no way to return a Kindle download for a refund.
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I first picked up this book because it contains a piece by one of my favorite writers, Maureen F. McHugh - "Special Economics" which, as it just so happens, I'd already read (it appears in 2011's AFTER THE APOCALYPSE: STORIES) - but ultimately enjoyed all but one of the sixteen essays in this diverse collection. With elements of horror, fantasy, post-apocalyptic fiction, alternate history, and the supernatural, THE DEL RAY BOOK OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY - masterfully curated by Ellen Datlow - has a little bit of something for everyone. Especially if you prefer your speculative fiction on the dark side.

In addition to Maureen McHugh's "Special Economics," an arguably feminist tale which takes place in a future China devastated by the bird flu, my favorites include:

* "Jimmy" (Pat Cadigan), whose eponymous (anti?-) hero is a young boy coming of age in the 1960s (the bulk of story takes place the day JFK was assassinated). Granted "enlightenment" by an alien species, Jimmy is shunned by those who can sense his difference - and want nothing to do with it. Ignorance is bliss, or so the saying goes.

* "The Passion of Azazel" (Barry N. Malzberg), a revenge story told from the point of view of a goat, sacrificed to the gods one long-ago Day of Atonement and then reincarnated as a (human) rabbinical student who fashions a golem who is quite possibly his long-dead brother goat.

* "The Goosle" (Margo Lanagan), a fittingly bleak retelling of/sequel to "Hansel and Gretal," in which lone survivor Hansel escapes from the witch's cage only to find a world more brutal than the one he left behind. (Strong trigger warning for rape.)

Some of the stories - most notably "The Passion of Azazel" - can be interpreted from an anti-oppressive vegan perspective, which I especially appreciate.

For what it's worth, I just discovered Ellen Datlow's adult fairy tale anthology series. Wishlist ALL the books!
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