Some individual stories are interesting, but the collection is gormless, without any clear unifying ethos.
It takes time and much description and action to show a complete world - and many more words than will fit within the confines of a story.
A nudge in the direction to the archived discussion in the foreward would have sufficed vice reprinting it as an entire chapter.
Taken as a whole, this collection of "New Weird" stories might be overwhelming in its surreal, boundary-breaking excess, but read little by little, these examples of "fantastic"... Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Nathan Shumate
It's easy to imagine two different readers reacting in opposite ways to The New Weird. One might find it delightfully odd; the other might find it as terrifying as Kafka on LSD. Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Terry Weyna
The New Weird was not a typical literary movement, and this is not a typical anthology. It aims to do more than simply collect the defining stories of the New Weird movement. Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by J. Wood
Until I picked up this anthology, I was only tangentially aware of New Weird. I'd heard of China Mieville; I'd read some short work by Jay Lake, Jeffrey Ford and Paul Di Filippo;... Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by William Freedman
I made the mistake of reading the introduction and essay portion of this book first...
Gah! Such annoying insecurity on the part of intellectual-wannabes that can't be... Read more
I randomly bought this book at an event where the VanderMeers were promoting their newer "Steampunk" collection. Read morePublished on December 9, 2008 by Mateus Marx
In speculative fiction there are many anthologies claiming to define a hot new sub-genre, with editors explaining why the selected stories fit the label, and why that label should... Read morePublished on June 26, 2008 by doomsdayer520