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The Apex Book of World SF Paperback – November 1, 2009

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Globe-trekking Israeli editor Tidhar (HebrewPunk) compiles an inconsistent medley of horror-tinged fantasy tales, which may confuse readers drawn in by a title and cover that suggest science fiction. Several stories seem included for their culturally and geographically diverse authors more than their narrative merit, such as Nir Yaniv's plodding Cinderers, narrated by a pyromaniac with multiple personalities, and Yang Ping's Wizard World, an uninspired take on life inside an online role-playing game. More focused and interesting are Dean Francis Alfar's whimsical The Kite of Stars, which describes a journey across fantastical landscapes, and Tunku Halim's Biggest Baddest Bomoh, where an office drone consults a deadly shaman for help with his love life. Even the better stories fail to find a fresh take on genre mainstays like ghosts, portals and cannibals. (Sept.)
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From S.P. Somtow's World Fantasy Award-winning "The Bird Catcher," a restrained horror tale of a young boy's friendship with Thailand's most infamous human "monster," to "Wizard World," Galaxy Award winner Yang Ping's story of high-tech gamers, this extraordinary anthology of 16 tales introduces English-speaking readers to some of the world's best writers of sf, horror, fantasy, and metafiction. Contributors include Jamil Nasir (Palestine), Aleksandar Ziljak (Croatia), Guy Hasson (Israel), Kaaron Warren (Australia/Fiji), and Jetse de Vries (Netherlands). VERDICT This literary window into the international world of imaginative fiction, the first in a new series, is sure to appeal to adventurous sf fans and readers of fiction in translation. --Library Journal, August, 2009

The great thing about Tidhar's collection is that it is full of such masterpieces. You do have to get used to having your mind warped as if by some powerful psychedelic. You'll definitely feel that way after Zoran Zivkovic and his Godot-like explorations. Or after Guy Hassan's thought experiment about the nature of mind and thought. But once you get used to the idea, you can settle in and enjoy the ride. --42SciFi-Fantasy.com, Randy Lazarus

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Apex Publications; 1st edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 302 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0982159633
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0982159637
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.51 x 0.68 x 8.5 inches
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