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Songs of Love and Death: All Original Tales of Star Crossed Love Hardcover – November 16, 2010

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George R. R. Martin is an American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He is best known for his epic A Song of Ice and Fire series. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1St Edition edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439150141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439150146
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This anthology holds stories about star-crossed lovers. The authors included in the book are: Jim Butcher, Jo Beverly, Carrie Vaughn, M.L.N. Hanover, Cecelia Holland, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Robin Hobb, Neil Gaiman, Marjorie M. Liu, Jacqueline Carey, Lisa Tuttle, Linnea Sinclair, Mary Jo Putney, Tanith Lee Peter S. Beagle, Yasmine Galenorn & Diana Gabaldon.

There were a few stories I didn't care for - but all in all it was a good read. A well put together anthology. Whether your a fan of Science Fiction or Fantasy, your gonna find something you love in the pages of this book. Here are a few of my favorite stories...

Love Hurts by Jim Butcher- Fun read! Very much classic Dresden. Harry realizes something about himself that most fans have known for a while.

The Thing About Cassandra by Neil Gaiman- This was my first time reading anything by Gaiman. I have to say this story was freaky, but absolutely brilliant.

You, and You Alone by Jacqueline Carey- As heart wrenching as this story was - I loved it! Fans of the Kushiel's Legacy will eat this one up. Especially since it's narrated by Anafiel Delaunay, a much beloved character.
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George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois have collected a nice batch of all-new stories from an all-star cast in Songs of Love and Death. The theme is "star-crossed lovers," and as you might guess from the title, each tale is a love story, and many are death stories, too. Some are sad, some are sexy, and one or two are slightly sappy. Overall, I enjoyed the collection. Here's what you'll find in Songs of Love and Death:

-- "Love Hurts" by Jim Butcher may be the story Harry Dresden's fans have been waiting for because it looks like Harry and Murphy will finally get together... or will they?
-- In "The Marrying Maid," historical romance author Jo Beverley provides a Regency romance in which a court fop tries to seduce a practical spinster, but this time there's a fairy legend that's spurring him on.
-- In "Rooftops" by Carrie Vaughn, a young playwright who's nervous about her opening night is rescued by a mysterious masked superhero. She has a boyfriend, but she just can't get that masked stranger off her mind.
-- "Hurt Me" by M.L.N. Hanover is an excellently eerie haunted house story. One of the best in this collection.
-- "Demon Lover" by historical fiction writer Cecelia Holland is an erotic fairy tale. Though it was obvious where this one was going, it was still entertaining.
-- In "The Wayfarer's Advice" by Melinda M. Snodgrass, the captain of an illicit spaceship rescues the heiress of an empire.
-- I'm always a fan of Robin Hobb, so it's not surprising that "Blue Boots" was one of my favorites in this collection. It takes place in Buck Town and tells the story of a kitchen maid who falls in love with a wandering minstrel.
-- "The Thing About Cassandra" by Neil Gaiman is a strange story about a man who meets his imaginary girlfriend.
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Format: Hardcover
If there were ever a more star-cast book in the SF/Fantasy romance genre, I have never seen it. This anthology is full of big names and connections to big stories.

"Love Hurts" by Jim Butcher takes place in the Dresden world, and for anyone who is a fan of Harry/Murphy, this will be a great addition to the series.

Neil Gaiman's "The Thing About Cassandra" is suitably bizzare from the King of Dreams. I think here a true fan will love this while those who aren't much into Gaiman's works will find it a little too odd.

For Kushiel fans, Jacqueline Carey's story is the long awaited tale of Anafiel and Rolande. THE story everyone has been waiting for since book one. And it doesn't disappoint.

"Kaskia" by Peter S. Beagle has that polish that one would expect from the man who brought us "The Last Unicorn."

Finally, "Man in the Mirror" was for me the surprise, having never read any of Yasmine Galenorn's works before. This was a touching tale, well worth the read.

Other stories were good, some better than others, all fitting the theme of star-crossed lovers. This is a nice addition to my "keeper" shelf!
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This is an anthology of Fantasy/Romance and SciFi/Romance. I guess it turns out I don't like the genre of Romance. Too many of these stories were singularly Romance without enough element of the Fantastic; to me they were mostly just non-memorable fluff, with five exceptions...

Best of the bunch:
5 stars: "KASKIA" by Peter S Beagle.
4+ stars: "LOVE HURTS" by Jim Butcher.
4 stars: "MAN in the MIRROR" by Yasmine Galenorn.
4- stars: "AFTER THE BLOOD" by Marjorie M Liu.

"THE THING ABOUT CASSANDRA" by Neil Gaiman was very well written (he is a genius of course), but overly reminiscent of Jeffrey Ford's 2006 "THE EMPIRE OF ICE CREAM".

I enjoyed the main characters in the Diana Gabaldon story, but didn't appreciate the teaser appearance of 2 rescuers we didn't hear enough about. We were invited, however, at the end of the story to read a particular novel to learn more - Kitsch!

I did like the fact that each of these was a new story written in 2010 for this anthology.
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