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Teeth: Vampire Tales Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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About the Author
Experts in the genres of mythic and speculative fiction, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have edited numerous anthologies for readers of all ages. Together and individually they have won abundant honors, including multiple World Fantasy, Hugo, and Bram Stoker Awards.
Ellen Datlow has also received the British Fantasy Society's Karl Edward Wagner Award for "outstanding contribution to the genre." She lives in New York City.
Terri Windling is the recipient of the Science Fiction Writers Association's Solstice Award for outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field. She lives in Devon, England.
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The tales in this collection are excellent, I was expecting mindless teenage garbage, but the stories were remarkably well-written, highly innovative and captivating. I was surprised at how much thought each author put into their story, the majority of them were intelligent and full of meaning and purpose. The stories weren't meant to just entertain you, but to make you think as well. As an added bonus, many authors mixed actual vampire folklore into their stories, and since I'm a folklore junkie I absolutely loved it.
One of the things I found most impressive in this collection was that the author's stayed true to their audience - teenagers. Any teen who reads this book will be able to relate to at least one of the stories. That's what I thought was great. On top of being highly entertaining and thought-provoking reads, they also touch on big teens issues that speak to younger readers. Homosexuality, suicide, depression, parental issues... etc. were all brought up in this book. Teeth covered many teen issues today and put them in a awesome vampire setting. So this book gets loads of bonus points for that.
As for the stories themselves, I loved too many to list, but a few that stick out in my mind are Vampire Weather by Garth Nix and In The Future All's Well by Catherynne M. Valente. Nix's was a interesting story set in a world where vampires are known to exist. The story followed a naïve religious boy who gets a very rude awakening when he learns about the outside world he has been sheltered from. Valente's story put such a big smile on my face because she did something I have never read before - she took very old vampire creation beliefs, placed them in a modern setting and made them all true! Loved it! Hundreds of years ago people actually believed that an animal jumping over a corpse or death by drowning created a vampire (serioously) and in this story all of those old beliefs are true. It was excellent! Why Light? by Tanith Lee was another one I loved, it was a beautiful and enchanting tale.
Now, like all anthologies, some of the stories aren't all that great. None of them were straight up bad, but some weren't good either, they were just blah. That's to be expected. However, there was one story about halfway through the book that was so incredibly dark and morbid I wonder what the hell possessed the editor to include it. It was so out of place with the rest of the stories, I was shocked. Yes, it was very well written, but it would have been better for an adult horror anthology. Children being slaughtered doesn't really work in a young adult anthology.
Other than a few duds here and there, Teeth: Vampire Tales was fantastic. I highly suggest picking this one up and giving it a read, it may be directed at teens, but adults can enjoy it as well (I did).
While the stories differ in voice, tone, and style, they each offer something significant and unique for readers to enjoy. Tender friendships, lost potential, arranged marriages, fights for survival, and coming of age stories are just a few of the themes within this anthology. Some stories will stick with you well beyond "The End," especially the stories that should only be read in full daylight. While all of the stories are good reads, there are several stand outs. A few of those standouts include, but are not limited to:
Things to Know About Being Dead by Genevieve Valentine is a touching story about a newly undead girl who is learning the ropes of her new undead existence with the help of a ghost and her aging grandmother. This is one of two stories that are available online as a free preview.
All Smiles by Steve Berman is also available online as a free sample. After reading All Smiles, you will think twice about hitching a ride from someone with a perfect pearly white smile. This fight for survival story will have you cringing and running for the door.
Vampire Weather by Garth Nix brings an interesting spin on the world after vampires make themselves known. When the fog comes rolling into one of the remaining pockets of pure human societies, a young man learns the truth about vampires and the world that could either kill him, set him free, or both.
Sit the Dead by Jeffrey Ford is an inventive story with a new twist the blends old cursed bloodlines, modern day family responsibilities, and ultra creepy vampires. Long after the story is over, the ending will stick with you as you wonder whether or not the story ended "right," and you will inevitably keep coming back to the same conclusion. It couldn't have ended any other way. The real question is what happens next.
Sunbleached by Nathan Ballingrud brings the vampire back to bad. Dark and dangerous, the beautiful imagery used to compare the hideously burned vampire is reminiscent of a graceful caged spider ready to pounce.
The Perfect Dinner Party by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black is a superbly written story about a brother and sister pair of vampires who struggle to find how they fit into the world and with each other - all told against a backdrop that reads like a clever Miss Manners guide. It's rare to find such an exquisitely told story written in second person. It's a must read.
Why Light? by Tanith Lee is a lovely story about two young vampires from vastly different families who are forced into an arranged marriage. There is a strong sense of new and old world coming together in Why Light. This convergence of old and new, light and dark, evil and good plays with parallels inherent in both historical and contemporary vampire fiction in an interesting way.
All in all, Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow built a wonderful collection of stories that is a true pleasure to read. As sweet and tender as some of the stories are within TEETH, you may need to keep the light on for a few of the darker pieces. TEETH is an anthology that will keep you coming back for more, story after story until the last page is turned.