These best of books are hit or miss this one s excellent, despite the fact that it contains stories by neither Neil Gaiman nor Gene Wolfe, whose names it lists on the cover apparently just for the decoration.
could reasonably gripe about this anthology because the cover names Peter S Beagle, Neil Gaiman and Gene Wolfe, implying that stories by all three are to be found within, when in fact only Beagle makes an appearance, Gaiman and Wolfe being missing in action I would be on firmer ground to criticise if I had actually rushed to read the book soon after buying it three and a half years ago, rather than letting it sit on the shelf until now Anyway, it s a good collection of good stories, none of which I could remember having read before, the best for my money being Daniel Handler s post mortem romance, Naturally Fantasy isn t usually my genre but I can see the appeal from reading collections like this.
A lot of decent but unexciting stories, and some that are better Both Peter Beagle s Salt Wine and Jeffrey Ford s The Night Whiskey ended up complicated and therefore affecting than I d expected The M Rickert story is like a lot of her work beautiful prose and characterization, in that odd Todorov ian slipstream space where it could be fantasy and could be insanity, and that s a question which just does not interest me So a beautifully done piece of work I dislike I am very conflicted over Geoff Ryman s Pol Pot s Beautiful Daughter A Fantasy and don t know how to figure out what I want to say about it Ysabeau Wilce s The Lineaments of Gratified Desire is marvelous stylish fun, although it feels like the first section of a book than a short story Benjamin Rosenbaum s A Siege of Cranes is both compassionate and brutal he is one of the most interesting w One could reasonably gripe about this anthology because the cover names Peter S Beagle, Neil Gaiman and Gene Wolfe, implying that stories by all three are to be found within, when in fact only Beagle makes an appearance, Gaiman and Wolfe being missing in action I would be on firmer ground to criticise if I had actually rushed to read the book soon after buying it three and a half years ago, rather than letting it sit on the shelf until now Anyway, it s a good collection of good stories, none of which I could remember having read before, the best for my money being Daniel Handler s post mortem romance, Naturally Fantasy isn t usually my genre but I can see the appeal from reading collections like this.
I snagged this at a HPB some time ago because it contains the Heck YeahPol Pot s Beautiful Daughter Fantasy The Osteomancer s SonMoon Viewing at Shijo BridgeA Siege of CranesYahThe Water Poet and the Four SeasonsThe Lineament s of Gratified DesireIrregular VerbsThe Night WhiskeyMehJourney into the KingdomSalt WineA Fish StoryFehThe original Word for RainJourney to GanticaA Fine MagicCitrine A Fable Best Stories Of The Year Here Is A Collection Of The Best Fantasy Prose Written In , By Some Of The Genre S Greatest Authors, And Selected By Rich Horton, A Contributing Reviewer To Many Of The Field S Most Respected MagazinesContents Journey Into The Kingdom M Rickert The Water Poet And The Four Seasons David J Schwartz Pol Pot S Beautiful Daughter Fantasy Geoff Ryman The Osteomancer S Son Greg Van Eekhout Salt Wine Peter S Beagle The original Word For Rain Peter Higgins The Ð read è Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition by Rich Horton á Lineaments Of Gratified Desire Ysabeau Wilce Journey To Gantica Matthew Corradi Irregular Verbs Matthew Johnson A Fish Story Sarah Totton The Night Whiskey Jeffrey Ford A Fine Magic Margo Lanagan Naturally Daniel Handler Moon Viewing At Shijo Bridge Richard Parks Citrine Elise Moser A Siege Of Cranes Benjamin Rosenbaum ↠´ Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition ☆ Of the sixteen stories, I liked The Water Poet and the Four Seasons the best Others that pleased me were The Night Whiskey and Moon Viewing at Shijo Bridge, although the latter wasn t really in the fantasy category.
Worth reading for the following short stories The Osteomancer s Son Greg Eekhout The Lineaments of Gratified Desire Ysabeau S Wilce A Fine Magic Margo Lanagan A Siege of Cranes Benjamin Rosenbaum A good group of stories I particularly liked Journey into the Kingdom and Salt Wine, by Peter S Beagle I ve been a fan of his since A Fine and Private Place which I would love to re read one of these days Many of the other stories were very good, and I recommend the book to fantasy lovers.

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