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Year's Best Fantasy Mass Market Paperback – July 3, 2001

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About the Author

David G. Hartwell is a Senior Editor at Tor/Forge Books. He is the proprietor of Dragon Press, publisher and bookseller, which publishes The New York Review of Science Fiction. He is the author of Age of Wonders and the editor of many anthologies, including The Dark Descent, Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment, The World Treasury of Science Fiction, Northern Stars, The Ascent of Wonder (co-edited with Kathryn Cramer), and a number of Christmas anthologies. Recently he edited his sixth annual paperback volume of Year's Best SF and co-edited the new Year's Best Fantasy. He has won the Eaton Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Science Fiction Chronicle Poll and has been nominated for the Hugo Award twenty-four times to date.

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Product Details

  • Series: Year's Best Fantasy
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (July 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038081840X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380818402
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,647,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Most of the stories in this edition of "Year's Best Fantasy Stories" are not terrible. Unfortunately, none of them are destined to be classics, either. By and large, the stories are readable but not memorable. Perhaps the sole exception is "Wrong Dreaming" by Kain Massin, which is an Australian tale of aboriginal magic that is very evocative and moving. Sarah Singleton's "Ebb Tide" is also moving, although its story of mermaid love has been done many times before. The contributions of the heavyweights, George R.R. Martin and Terry Goodkind, are excerpted or related to their best-selling series, and so are almost cheating. Read this one if you've not much else to read, but do not expect to be impressed.
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By A Customer on March 27, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this first "inaugural" volume of short fantasy stories on a whim. Some of the longer stories (George R.R. Martin & the Terry Goodkind stories I have already read, but read them again!). This collection doesn't limit itself to "sword & sorcery" stories. There really is something for everyone here.
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!
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This is a mixed bag of fantasy stories. Some good, some memorable, but all readable. I like anthologies because it's not like a novel - buying a cat in a bag - if you don't like one story you're sure to like another. Some of the stories are related to or an excerpt from a larger series, but it is to be expected. Despite what some reviewers think, nowhere does this book declare that all these stories will be completely original and/or never published before. A good book to pass the time.
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I really enjoyed this collection, particularly George Martin's contribution (I can't remember the title, for fans of his series, it deals with Daenerys Targaryen- "Drogon, *Dracryas*"... and the air was full of blood and dragonfire') The first story was also a favorite, Taliax gives a new perspective to all those mighty dragons knigts go around slaying in traditional heroic fantasy. A few of the stories were disappointing, the one about the golem didn't seem to exploit the situation to its potential. But that could be a matter of personal taste, none of the stories were really mediocre. This is an excellent collection of stories, and highly recomended.
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I enjoy books like this because it gives me a feel for different authors. I have discovered many really wonderful authors through the years after reading their work in an anthology like this. If I really like an author's work, then I start collecting his/her other stories/novels.
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This is not a very successful anthology. This first yearly collection of "best" fantasy edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer presents what editors considered as the top fantasy stories published in 2000 - fantasy being here understood in a very wide term, basically everything with supernatural elements which is not obviously SF... But either it was a weak year for fantasy or the editors taste is very different from mine, because I enjoyed it much less than I expected.

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
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"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!).
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This is a FINE collection of some of the best short fantasy of 2000 (published in July, 2001).

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.
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