- Series: Year's Best Fantasy & Horror (Paperback)
- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 18th edition (August 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312341946
- ISBN-13: 978-0312341947
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,461,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection (Year's Best Fantasy & Horror (Paperback)) Paperback – July 28, 2005
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Seventeenth Annual Collection
“Datlow (the horror half) teams with new coeditors (who assume the fantasy detail once handled by Terri Windling) and the series doesn’t skip a beat in quality, delivering forty-three stories and poems published in 2003 that illustrate modern fantasy’s breadth and variety…proof that the best fantastic fiction is modern mythmaking at its finest.”
---Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Link and Grant's good taste in outré setups, stylistic and formal adventurousness, and ambiguity shows in these challenging selections.”
From the Back Cover
M. T. Anderson, Laird Barron, Simon Bestwick, Simon Brown, Stepan Chapman, Douglas Clegg, D. Ellis Dickerson, Terry Dowling, Andy Duncan, Jean Esteve, John Farris, Mélanie Fazi, Jeffrey Ford, Christopher Fowler, Stephen, Gallagher, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand, Alice Hoffman, Shelley Jackson, John Kessel, Margo Lanagan, Tanith Lee, Bentley Little, Elizabeth A. Lynn, Gregory Maguire, China Miéville, Richard Mueller, Joyce Carol Oates, Frances Oliver, Chuck Palahniuk, Tina Rath, Philip Raines and Harvey Welles, M. Rickert, Anna Ross, Alison Smith, R.T. Smith, Peter Straub, Lucy Sussex, Catherynne M., Valente, Greg Van Eekhout, Conrad Williams
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Unfortunately, this is probably the last annual volume I'll ever buy. The new team editing the fantasy content, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, just are not up to Windling's standards. First, in both the story selection and the roundups, it seems that they did not read nearly as wide a range of sources as Windling did. Second, their selections were lackluster. The stories I really liked I'd already read in major fantasy magazines. The others were . . . sort of all right. Mildly interesting. But not worth that many pages. I discovered one book worth buying in the review roundups, which were also lackluster.
All in all, the uninteresting fantasy combined with that much horror, meant that the two weeks' delight I'd experienced for so many years, turned into a month-long slog, with me frequently counting stories (I don't read them in order) to see if I was finally almost done with the thing yet.
Let's hope there's another change of editors soon. And maybe, just maybe, they'll put the horror in a separate anthology, where it belongs.
It takes a too long for this installment to warm up: the first few selections, both fantasy and horror, are either over the top or unremarkable. Miéville's "Reports of Certain Events in London" is the tenth selection and the turning point. A unique, haunting story in its own right, the overall quality of the selections that follows is an improvement. There are still some disappointments, but a number of the stories and poems in this installment are wonderful, most of them in the second half of the volume: along with Miéville's story, Palahniuk's "Guts," Oates's "Stripping," Lanagan's "Singing My Sister Down," Eekhout's "Tales from the City of Seams," and Smith's "The Specialist" were my favorites. Unusual for the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series (at least what I've read of it so far), many of the volume's better selections are horror. Link and Grant are competent but not exceptional editors, and their selections are likewise; the fantasy selections wants for Windling's influence. But Datlow is in top form, or perhaps it was a good year for horror: for a change, her selections are generally strong and sometimes exceptional.
Accompanying the stories are 2004 overviews in fantasy, horror, and related media. Link and Grant's opinionated overview is unremarkable, Datlow's overview is as always overlong and undiscriminating, and the media summaries are lengthy, informal, and often stray from their fantasy/horror purview. Nevertheless the volume can be a useful resource: skim the overviews, or draw author names from your favorite short stories, and you may discover new writers and new texts to read. All in all, this eighteenth volume is a fairly successful installment of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series. Some selections are distinct disappointments, but the overall quality is middling to high and the handful of wonderful selections make the volume worthwhile on the whole. I recommend it.
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