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Down These Strange Streets Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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“Some of the top names in urban fantasy are joined by some of today’s best historical mystery writers in this top-notch anthology.”—Publishers Weekly
“Urban fantasy in a nourish vein…This is a pretty strong collection.”—Locus
“There’s lots [of stories], some in the past, some in the future, and all entertaining as you get to read old favorite characters or are introduced to new ones. I always enjoy anthologies for the variety in the stories and this one provides plenty, but all with a paranormal detective bent.”—News and Sentinel
About the Author
George R.R. Martin's books have been on bestseller lists around the world. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Gardner Dozois has won fifteen Hugo Awards and twenty-eight Locus Awards for editing, plus two Nebula Awards for writing. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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I have to say I was very impressed, overall, with this compilation. The stories all have in common the fact that there is a detective, either professional or amateur, trying to solve a unique problem. There are not many of the seemingly required vampire and werewolf stories that usually are included in this type of anthology. Some authors I don't normally enjoy reading with their series characters surprised me with quite enjoyable offerings here. Other authors I had not read before made me long to read more of that character only to find that their contribution was not part of a series. Something which will be of great value to any reader wanting to find more works by a specific author is the information presented before each story. There is a large amount of detail of what materials have been written by each author with titles and series character names. All of this will be of great help if you want to purchase more novels by specific authors. There are sixteen stories and an introduction by George R. R. Martin. I wish Martin had included a story of his own because I think that would have been most interesting to read when set within the boundary of this compilation. All of the stories bear the copyright date of 2011, so you will probably not have read the story in any previous anthologies. The authors are, in the order their story appears in the book: Charlaine Harris, Joe R. Lansdale, Simon R. Green, Steven Saylor, S. M. Stirling, Carrie Vaughn, Conn Iggulden, Laurie R. King, Glen Cook, Melinda M. Snodgrass, M.L.N. Hanover, Lisa Tuttle, Diana Gabaldon, John Maddox Roberts, Patricia Briggs, and Bradley Denton.
My favorite line in the book has to be from "Beware the Snake" by John Maddox Roberts: "Look out!" Julia cried. "He has a snake! And he'll use it!"
Another thing I have enjoyed about this book is that it has got me reading a style of book(fantasy) that I don't generally read unless they are blockbusters such as Tolkien, the Harry Potter series or Twilight.
There were some stories I felt was missing some information because things were happening and there was no lead up to the event. Like taking a loo break while watching watching a movie, such as "Inception", and getting back to find you are totally lost.
Also sometimes there was background information I was missing because I hadn't been following the series - which I didn't mind because it really annoys me when authors of sequels feel the need to bring the reader up to speed on the histories of each and every characters and event based on the assumption the reader hasn't read any previous books in the series.
Why can't novels have footnotes or references with all these facts that readers would know if they had been following the story from the beginning (or for the perennial forgetful)? This would be really easy with the advent of electronic books - click on something to take you to the history, it could even reference which chapter of which novel so the reader could go back and have a refresher - if they WANTED to, and then click back to the story.
Overall, an enjoyable mixed bag.
I didn't care for the Glen Cook story. I've been a reader of the "Garret" series for years now, and this just was insubstantial. I'd guess it was incomprehensible to anyone who didn't know the series, and was disappointing to those of us that do. (There was a bit of that in the Harris contribution as well.)
Mostly, though, even stories in the author's series worlds had enough context that I could get caught up in them an enjoy them.
I liked Hellbender & The Adakian Eagle the most. Shadow Thieves the least. Most of them are obviously from established series. If you like mysteries with some paranormal thrown in, you should like this