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Starred Review. The 40 selections in this exemplary anthology from Link and Grant (the fantasy half) and Datlow (the horror half) reflect virtually every hue of the fantasy/horror palette: urban fantasy in Jeffrey Ford's The Drowned Life and Karen Joy Fowler's The Last Worders; traditional supernatural horror in Paul Walther's Splitfoot and Terry Dowling's Toother; modern folk fantasy in Elizabeth Hand's Winter's Wife and Eileen Gunn's Up the Fire Road; and cosmic terror fiction in Laird Barron's The Forest and Don Tumasonis's The Swing. A handful of stories involve child abuse and abduction, of which Lisa Tuttle's Closet Dreams is the most horrifying. The front matter's snapshot summaries of the past year's yield in fantasy, horror, comics, mixed media and music are a small and invaluable book unto themselves. (Oct.)
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"There is no more essential a guide to the glorious fecundity of our imaginative literature in the last two decades." --Clive Barker
 
“These books define the absolute best contemporary fantasy and horror for me and for a whole generation.” --Holly Black, bestselling author of the Spiderwick Chronicles
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  • Series: Year's Best Fantasy & Horror
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312380488
  • ASIN: B003NHR79O
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,882,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Smith on March 13, 2011
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This is a huge omnibus of 36 stories and 7 poems as chosen by Ellen Datlow for works premiering in 2008. With so much to choose from, there are some wonderful standouts and some that just made me go, "Huh?" (luckily, only 3 of them made me do that). I read this throughout February (a story or sometimes two each night before bed), and now I just want all of the collections I don't have yet.

Here are some of my notes:

The Forest by Laird Barron - feels like you have to be high to appreciate it

The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate by Ted Chiang - an Egyptian fable about a Gate of Years which transports you 20 years into a fixed future - I really liked this one

Rats - by Veronica Schanoes - a familiar, darkly modernized fairy tale .. with rats - I liked this one too

The Swing by Don Tumasonis - where a swing appears to swallow up young girls - I liked this one, but it was one of those reads where you really need to pay attention to catch all of the nuances

My two favorites:

The Fiddler of Bayou Teche by Delia Sherman - about a girl named Cadence with white skin, hair, and pink eyes who was found in the swamp by loup-garous (werewolves) and raised by Tante Eulalie, a woman with many gifts, including healing, in her self-imposed swamp exile. Cadence eventually finds herself in a battle with a fiddler who can "fiddle the Devil out of Hell."

Winter's Wife by Elizabeth Hand - In Shaker Harbor, ME, Roderick Gale Winter, much beloved by his neighbors, including 15-year-old Justin, takes a wife from Iceland (Vaia). In Roderick's house, huldu folk reside as carvings in the beams of the house.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ginahmk VINE VOICE on November 9, 2008
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This is one of several horror anthologies I have read over the years and this one fulfills its mission of providing reviews of fiction/film/media in this genre as well as including a broad array of short stories. The update was sufficient and the stories were of variable quality. There were some outstanding ones that will stay with me a long time...The Swing, England and Nowhere, Sir Hereward, Closet Dreams, but the majority would appeal to those who are really into fantasy. The bone-chilling, sweaty palms stuff is not here. Overall, a solid B read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Heckathorn on January 31, 2010
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Some I like. Some I don't. Some I love. But all well written. Still the definitive collection of the two genres. Having them combined inside the same cover; they complimented one another.
The last year for YBF&H. A shame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 4, 2010
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I have been enjoying this anthology for the past 16 years, and it breaks my heart a little to know that Ms. Datlow will no longer be assembling this particular collection of wonderful, creepy, and sometimes downright scary tales. I sincerely hope that this anthology will be revived in the not-too-distant future. It is a great loss for those of us who love these genres of short fiction but do not have the time to go fishing through hundreds of journals and short story collections each year to locate the gems.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Beale on December 5, 2009
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I did't finish the book but I did read most of it and it did live up to expations many of the stories where abslotey gut clenching outhrs where mudane and peacful offen enough the stories turned there where some that seemed to be a spin off of one of the disney classics although it wasent a book that relly grabed youre intrest mainly because the first hundred pages or so was simlar to that of movie credits I would say it's more of a book where you flip through it untile you find a story you liker read maby five more and then a mounth or so later you do the exact same thing over and over again untill you'r fifty somthing and you finaly finish it
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