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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2006: 19th Annual Collection (Year's Best Fantasy & Horror) Paperback – August 22, 2006

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Starred Review. The excellent 19th volume in this distinguished anthology series offers 40 stories and poems sure to please fantasy and horror connoisseurs. Highlights by relatively new talent include Delia Sherman's winning suburban fantasy, "Walpurgis Afternoon"; Glenn Hirshberg's "American Morons," a disturbing tale of the second Gulf War; and Mark Samuels's gruesomely powerful "Shallaballah." Notable contributions by veterans include Bruce Sterling's "Denial," a fantasy unlike his cybernetic science fiction; Howard Waldrop's wild vaudeville "The Horse of a Different Color (That You Rode In On)"; and Isabel Allende's "The Guggenheim Lovers," a beautiful story about lovers within Bilboa's Guggenheim Museum. Datlow, Link and Grant, assisted by various sub-editors, provide thorough summations of the year in each genre and various media as well as a list of honorable mentions for 2005.
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"The excellent 19th volume in this distinguished anthology series offers 40 stories and poems sure to please fantasy and horror connoisseurs." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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Product Details

  • Series: Year's Best Fantasy & Horror
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; New edition edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312356145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312356149
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,500,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been an editor for over thirty years, first in book publishing, but mostly editing short stories for OMNI Magazine and webzine, EVENT HORIZON, a webzine, and SCIFICTION, the fiction area of SCIFI.COM. I currently acquire and edit short fiction for Tor.com and I edit original and reprint anthologies. Born and bred New Yorker, although I travel a lot.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By average on February 8, 2008
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This volume is considerably better than the year before, upping the average to 3.39.

The introduction going over fantasy and horror media is over 100 pages. The bizarre thing is that they shortened the anime/manga section, yet still have space for a music column that talks about world music? If horror, etc., where is all the metal or goth music, etc. It is fine if de Lint likes that stuff, but a complete waste of space and pretty much zero relevance to fantasy and horror fiction interest for most of it. So apart from not being relevant, it isn't even thorough and not relevant, presumably because he doesn't listen to that sort of range. Pretty sure Vinge's column that would talk about written material partly, would certainly be of more interest. It certainly was a high point last year.

In general, the horror content is rather stronger than the fantasy - in some cases it appears that all the editors liked a story, as all their initials are on the story intro. They do mention the breakdowns of horror and fantasy on their own websites - but no mention of urls or indications in tables of contents which they consider which. Is this done to keep people happy to claim one of the other story as a particular genre? Dunno. Odd. Same thing with books that are SF and Fantasy seems to happen, though, so must be some reason.

I'd probably go as far as calling this book a 4.25, perhaps.
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By Bookmaniac on August 26, 2012
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Not impressed with this edition; mostly, these are very good. This one kinda seemed to be about finding as many stories about meanness as possible...not many "just desserts" being served. Very little fantasy...I'm not a huge fan of fairyland, but I enjoy oddities, magic and general strangeness. These stories are freak shows with not a lot of mysterious-ness being concocted. Have read others-same folks- much more varied and enjoyable. Of course, if you like mean people, go for it!
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By Elizabeth Sabella on March 8, 2010
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I just love fantasy and horror books, and this one is very good.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 20, 2006
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I enjoyed the selections made in the past by Windling and Datlow, they have truly opened my eyes to many writers that I would never have considered reading and even one story that I still gives me nightmares! These compilations were always great for assisting me in locating books written by up and coming authors and their recommendations are generally dead on....however, since the series has added two new editors the quality of stories has dropped dramatically. Gone are the truly scary and wonderous stories of previous additions. I keep buying and hoping that the series improves and I can once again rely on it as a solid anthology.
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