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Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy Hardcover – July 5, 2011
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"This anthology of short fiction affords a superb sampling of urban fantasy, that popular sf/fantasy subgenre defined in the book’s introduction (which, in all of three pages, is a welcome and helpful, to say nothing of articulate, definition of this subgenre) as a combination of the “often-dark edge of city living with enticing worlds of magic”—with an urban landscape being absolutely crucial to the story. To put it another way (as also expressed in the introduction, that is), “where the story takes place should matter, in some way, to the story.” The headliner piece, by virtue of its placement first in the collection’s presentation and the name recognition of the author, is “Curses,” by Jim Butcher, creator of the urban-fantasy series Dresden Files. It opens like a noir detective story—“Most of my cases are pretty tame”—but by page 2, we see this is Dresden Files fiction as well. The premise is a riot: the famous curse upon the Chicago Cubs has supernatural origins here. “Priced to Sell,” by Naomi Novik, is also very entertaining. It’s about vampires buying real estate in Manhattan. But you will have fun with all 20 stories."--Booklist
About the Author
Multiple award-winning editor Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for almost thirty years. She was fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and SCIFICTION and has edited more than fifty anthologies, including the horror half of the long-running The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She lives in New York. Visit her on the web at www.datlow.com.
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My favorite story in this compilation is "Bottle Tree" a beautiful mix of philosophy, magic and romance.
Highly recommended if you are browsing different authors and styles 😎
Fairy Gifts by P. Briggs is not a Mercy Thompson story but it is an outstanding story and worth the price of the book, which makes Underbridge by Peter Beagle a gift. As a disclaimer, I adore Peter Beagle and finding a story I did not know was a delight. I am certain there are other terrific stores in this volume but honestly, I will have to re-read it to discover them as Underbridge was the showstopper.
If you only get this book for these three stories, it is money well spent.
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My wife is a big Peter Beagle fan, so she was happy he had a story in the anthology.Read more