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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 4 Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Challenge: count the number of Teenage-Girl protagonists.
++ = Excellent story, would unhesitatingly include it in my own "year's best"... if I had one.
+ = Thought it was good, certainly worth reading, maybe not a definite pick for my own "year's best"...
o = Not bad, but had little effect on me.
- = Actively disliked it.
-- = Wish I hadn't read it!
"It Takes Two." Nicola Griffith. Jet-setter and stripper find love, but not the kind anyone expects. The sci-fi love is less surprising than the uncommon viewpoint. +
"Three Twilight Tales." Jo Walton. Three discrete fairy tales, all with moonlight magic. Interesting structure: three tales, loosely connected. Prose so beautiful, it hurts. ++
"The Night Cache." Andy Duncan. Teenage girl's treasure hunt begins (unwitting) in a bookstore and goes to more mundane places from there. There's a spiritual quest in there somewhere. o
"The Island." Peter Watts. A lonely, increasingly dysfunctional crew, laying interstellar highways, encounters a star of unknown properties.Read more ›
One warning: if you're strongly opposed to the gay lifestyle then you might want to skip this one, as some of the stories have gay main characters. Personally I didn't mind those stories as they were well written, but I'll admit I was bewildered by the one called, "Spar." I just couldn't see the purpose of an entire story about a human female - alien blob sex orgy. I skipped most of it so maybe I missed it's redeeming quality? Oh, well.
I recommend it if you love Sci-fi and find it discounted, but not at full price.
A couple of stories have a dark, almost gothic, mood, but just because the protagonist is afraid of shadows doesn't make it fantasy. Others were vaguely surreal, in the manner of Mark Helprin, which, while interesting, is also neither fantasy nor SF. On the bright side, if you find these sorts of stories not to your taste you can always just skip over them and there were some that I wound up wishing I had done exactly that as I was still waiting for the plot twist that would make it all worthwhile when the story ended. The quality of the writing itself is also a bit spotty for a "Best of" collections, with a few stories reading more like someone still learning their craft, That said, this volume is a great way to sample a lot of writers you may not have encountered, or see some familiar names working outside of, or on the edges of, their usual genres.
The Pelican Bar and It Takes Two were originally published in Eclipse 3. Mongoose saw print in Lovecraft Unbound. The Island by Peter Watts (easily the best story here) was in The New Space Opera 2. Readers should check the table of contents against their library.
I am also beginning to think I would prefer a single genre anthology as it were, all scifi or all fantasy. The juxtaposition didn't always work well. Of the other stories, there were a few that ended in medias res as far as I was concerned, no doubt striking a chord with the editor but not with me, for example, Dragon's Teeth and This Wind Blowing, and This Tide. I did quite like the feel of Three Twilight Tales by Walton and By Moonlight by Peter Beagle.
A mixed bag then, but that probably means something for everyone and not everything for any one reader.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Year after year Strahan compiles the very best...now if he would only place breaks between the authors' biographies and their writing. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
The first three stories were so bad, I could not go on. I wish I could get my money back!!! It's not even Science Fiction as promised; just stupid needless sex and violence!Published 5 months ago by Digitallogic
Overall a good collection of stories. Some better than others, but that's to be expected. I was a bit surprised by the graphic sexual nature of some stories. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
So far #7 is my favorite,for just outright excellence of content
You can buy anything Strahan edits and count on it being well worth your time.... Read more
I'm giving this a one star because someone used spell check; otherwise it would get a zero. Call me simple but when I want to read about science fiction; I want to read interesting... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paul Westberg
Two of the first four stories are about lesbian love. Not much sci-fi in those stories. I'm not interested in sex stories. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark A.
Not a great book but an occasional good story here and there. Even a great writer like Stephen King has lots of forgettable stories but when he's good, he's unforgettable.Published 6 months ago by DoodleLet
For me, many unique takes on a variety of situations. Fascinating.Published 10 months ago by Robert Cable