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Realms: The First Year of Clarkesworld Magazine Paperback – May 13, 2008

4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in the Clarkesworld Yearly Series

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With this compilation of the 24 stories appearing in the first 12 issues of online magazine Clarkesworld, Mamatas hits at least two of his three targets: brevity and popular appeal abound, while weirdness is less certain. Several stories equate weird with sexual deviance, while others mine folklore and fairy tales. Jeff VanderMeer's The Third Bear neatly balances avant-garde angst and Russian myth, while Elizabeth Bear's Orm the Beautiful is passionate and compelling, but not strange. The cleverest and most mild-mannered tale is Jenny Davidson's The Other Amazon, while the most emotionally gripping may be Caitlin R. Kiernan's nimble King Kong homage, The Ape's Wife. These last four are the collection's standout entries, but only Kiernan fully embraces both the esoteric and the broadly compelling. On balance, the anthology tilts slightly more toward accessibility than to the truly bizarre. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Wyrm Publishing (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809572486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809572489
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Curry on September 2, 2008
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An excellent mix of stories chosen from the first year of the online Clarkesworld Magazine, including outstanding pieces like Elizabeth Bear's "Orm the Beautiful" and Caitlín R. Kiernan's "The Ape's Wife." There's also great stuff from Jay Lake ("Chewing Up the Innocent"), Barth Anderson ("Clockmaker's Requiem"), Jeff VanderMeer ("The Third Bear"), Ekaterina Sedia ("The Taste of Wheat") and others. Highly recommended.
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It's seldom that stories stick in my mind like these, each one is a gem that provokes thought even if it's not necessarily to my taste. The writing quality is top notch, surprises around every corner!
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Good stories, for the most part, but I had not realized how humble Clarkesworld had started. These don't have the quality of the later stories that Neil published -- maybe they weren't paying as well back then? I was particularly thrown by the tone of the first few stories: there's a lot more of the young-white-male masturbatory fantasy style of sci-fi that is so over done than I would have expected.
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So I just found Clarkesword a few monta ago but wow, all I can say is if you like sci fi, fantasy, distopian futures and crazy good short fiction, then subscribe, download, sync, buy, read and listen too this magazine.
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