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For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field—nearly four do For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field—nearly four dozen stories, ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol-style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror and Year's Best sections—on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge and on film and television by Edward Bryant. This is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror. *Terry Bisson *Kevin Brockmeier *Dan Chaon *Peter Crowther *Theodora Goss *Daphne Gottlieb *Glen Hirshberg *Brian Hodge *Nina Kiriki Hoffman *Kij Johnson *Paul LaFarge *Thomas Ligotti *Sara Maitland *Maureen F. McHugh *Steve Rasnic Tem *Benjamin Rosenbaum *Michael Marshall Smith *Michael Swanwick *Karen Traviss *Megan Whalen Turner


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For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field—nearly four do For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field—nearly four dozen stories, ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol-style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror and Year's Best sections—on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge and on film and television by Edward Bryant. This is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror. *Terry Bisson *Kevin Brockmeier *Dan Chaon *Peter Crowther *Theodora Goss *Daphne Gottlieb *Glen Hirshberg *Brian Hodge *Nina Kiriki Hoffman *Kij Johnson *Paul LaFarge *Thomas Ligotti *Sara Maitland *Maureen F. McHugh *Steve Rasnic Tem *Benjamin Rosenbaum *Michael Marshall Smith *Michael Swanwick *Karen Traviss *Megan Whalen Turner

54 review for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bogdan

    Such a disappointing read this has been! I loved only one story, Swanwick`s from The Iron Dragon Universe. But the rest...I don`t know. Maybe I wasn`t in the mood... This is truly my last experience with this kind of "Best of" volumes... Such a disappointing read this has been! I loved only one story, Swanwick`s from The Iron Dragon Universe. But the rest...I don`t know. Maybe I wasn`t in the mood... This is truly my last experience with this kind of "Best of" volumes...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Wardhaugh

    With the change in fantasy editors, I noticed a shift of tone for the fantasy selections. More of them felt like traditional fantasy with spells, well-known fey creatures, and such. There were still plenty of dark fantasies, but the collection as a whole felt more balanced between the two genres rather than just a horror collection with a lot of fantasy elements. My impressions are not completely valid regarding the whole series because I've only read five of them. I missed a few of my favorites With the change in fantasy editors, I noticed a shift of tone for the fantasy selections. More of them felt like traditional fantasy with spells, well-known fey creatures, and such. There were still plenty of dark fantasies, but the collection as a whole felt more balanced between the two genres rather than just a horror collection with a lot of fantasy elements. My impressions are not completely valid regarding the whole series because I've only read five of them. I missed a few of my favorites, however. DeLint and Yolen were both absent, but Gaiman and LeGuin among others provided strong content.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    An amazing collection of stories, many captivating (either with wonder or horror), with a wide range of styles, both traditional and more experimental. One of my personal favorites was "The Kite of Stars" by Dean Alfar. An amazing collection of stories, many captivating (either with wonder or horror), with a wide range of styles, both traditional and more experimental. One of my personal favorites was "The Kite of Stars" by Dean Alfar.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I confess that I didn’t read the whole book. I only read Megan Whalen Turners short story-The Baby in the Night Depository. I loved it so much that I shared it with many of my friends

  5. 4 out of 5

    C

    This edition of the series was, for me, a bit stornger than some of their other volumes. The editors did insist on including a story that, though excellent, did not fit in either category but for the most part, they stayed on topic. Stories included in tis volume which I particularly enjoyed are: "Old Virginia" by Laird Barron, originally published in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction "A Study in Emerald" by Neil Gaiman, originally published in the anthology Shadows Over Baker Street "Ash This edition of the series was, for me, a bit stornger than some of their other volumes. The editors did insist on including a story that, though excellent, did not fit in either category but for the most part, they stayed on topic. Stories included in tis volume which I particularly enjoyed are: "Old Virginia" by Laird Barron, originally published in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction "A Study in Emerald" by Neil Gaiman, originally published in the anthology Shadows Over Baker Street "Ash City Stomp" by Richard Butner, originally published in the anthology Trampoline "King Dragon" by Michael Swanwick, originally published in the anthology The Dragon Quintet "The Fishie" by Philip Raines and Harvey Welles, originally published in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet "Hunger: a Confession" by Dale Bailey, originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction "Lamentation Over the Destruction of Ur" by Paul Lefarge, originally published in the anthology Politically Inspired "At the Mythical Beast" (a poem) by Jon Woodward, originally published in his collection Mister Goodbye Easter Island "The Fluted Girl" by Paolo Bacigalupi, originally published in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction "Open Doors" by Michael Marshall Smith originally published in his collection More Tomorrow and Other Stories Of these, "King Dragon" and "The Fishie" were my favorites.

  6. 4 out of 5

    John

    Sorry for virtually the same review on whole anthology set I own a trade sized paper back. I started this anthology with the 5th Annual and I loved it so much I started collecting the whole set by signing up for pre-orders with the book store. What sets this anthology apart from many others is that I always find two or three gems within its pages, many liked stories and very few I have to force myself through. More importantly, from those people I have noted who read these anthologies too, they say Sorry for virtually the same review on whole anthology set I own a trade sized paper back. I started this anthology with the 5th Annual and I loved it so much I started collecting the whole set by signing up for pre-orders with the book store. What sets this anthology apart from many others is that I always find two or three gems within its pages, many liked stories and very few I have to force myself through. More importantly, from those people I have noted who read these anthologies too, they say the same thing. I rated this whole anthology based on the variety of the stories within, how many people seem to report finding the same ratio of gems & well received stories. I am happy to own this whole anthology and keep them in excellent shape, no matter how many times I have read them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    bluetyson

    The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection (Year's Best Fantasy and Horror) by Ellen Datlow (2004) The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection (Year's Best Fantasy and Horror) by Ellen Datlow (2004)

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