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Year's Best Fantasy Mass Market Paperback – July 3, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
If you are a reader, who truly enjoys something imaginative,intelligent, & entertaining, you DESERVE this book. I think you will find it's many twists, turns, and writing styles irresistible. Take a chance on this one. I truly think you will find yourself unable to put it down for long!
This is one of the best short story collections I have ever read... Go on... pick up a copy!
The main problem here is the lack of originality. Out of 23 stories, only a minority offers something new - the rest, as I will demonstrate further, is made of imitations, variations on old themes or simply sequels, prequels and in one case we even have a chapter from an already published novel... Also, some of the stories are really not worth much...
Finally, please be warned that if you already have the anthologies "Black Heart and Ivory Bones" (by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling), "Legends" (by Robert Silverberg) and "Warriors Fantastic" (by Martin Greenberg) as well as the novel "A Storm of Swords" by George R.R. Martin - well, you already have more than half of total pages of this book.
Below, my more detailed impressions, with some limited SPOILERS
"Everything changes" by John Sullivan - an ancient powerful dragon discovers the greatest tool of equality in all history - firearms... One of few original stories - and not stupid at all.
"A troll story" by Nicola Griffith - a mysterious night visitor tells a child a tale from Scandinavian lore, similar to some Poul Anderson stories, to try to explain to the little one why it is BAD to fight back when cruelly bullied (yes, you read it right!).Read more ›
There are some 23 stories in this collection and I found every one of them to be excellent. There are so many A-listers here I was hard pressed to pick a favorite or two...I honestly liked every one and was pleased when I went from one to the next. The stories themselves run the gamut though most seem "typical fantasy world" based, and one is a short story based in the famed "Game of Thrones" world of George R. R. Martin.
If I HAD to pick a favorite, though, I honestly think it's the last story, really more a novella. Called "Debt of Bones" it tells the tale of a horrendous war of magic taking place in a far off world, in which a young woman who is owed a debt (these are apparently secured with bones) seeks out the aid of the mightiest wizard in the land JUST as he's about to turn the tide against the Bad Guys. It had at least two twists I did *not* see coming, and for me that's remarkable as I'm pretty good at such things nowadays.
VERY recommended for any fans of just straightup good fantasy short stories. This one's a keeper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the stories were just "OK,” some were a little better, and some were disappointing.Published on July 21, 2014 by Antaeus
Very good set of short stories. Gives a feel whether an author is to your liking or not. Enjoy or not.Published on January 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer
It is comforting to find the amount and quality of fantasy writing that is not based on sword and sorcery. There are many years of 'Best Fantasy' to enjoy. Read morePublished on February 1, 2007 by Joseph McDonough
I'm not an anthology fan, generally speaking, unless done by specific editors with whom I'm familar. I tried this on a whim. I found the selection varied and often engrossing. Read morePublished on January 2, 2007 by Sofia E. Salinger
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