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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 4 (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year #4)

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The depth and breadth of what science fiction and fantasy fiction is changes with every passing year. The two dozen stories chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan carefully maps this evolution, giving readers a captivating and always-entertaining look at the very best the genre has to offer.
ebook, 500 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Night Shade Books (first published March 1st 2001)
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Vanessa Wu
What is the point of fantasy? I'll tell you. It's there to give reviewers of hard core pornography something to plug the gap after their sexual appetites have been slaked and they find themselves at a loose end in the middle of a long, lonely, sleepless night. So, having been afflicted with a lazy libido recently, I picked up a copy of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 4 by Jonathan Strahan published by Nightshade Books of San Francisco.

I have to tell you, I needed to pop s
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Diana
This collection has a wide range of material. Some I couldn't really classify as sci-fi, and some I didn't really care for at all. But I did love a few of the stories.

"Dragon's Teeth" was lovely fantasy, just predictable enough to be comfortable but surprising.

"By Moonlight" is a retelling of the stories of the Faery that hinges on madness.

I loved "The Cat that Walked a Thousand Miles." The language is just ...cat-like. There is no other way to describe it.

But my favorite was "As Women Fight,"
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Brandi
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Linda Pijor
Jul 01, 2015 Linda Pijor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wish I could give this no stars.

Pure junk. The best of the worst. More details on homosexual sex than on the actual story, which wasn't good either. I only got through about one third of books, and couldn't bear to read further. The stories did not draw you in. I really hated this collection and wish I could delete all memory of this.
Ed Erwin
Jun 22, 2014 Ed Erwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I prefer reading novels over short works, but short works are good for finding new authors. This was a good and very diverse collection. Diverse to the point that I don't know how several of the stories were considered SF or Fantasy. A few stories I loved, a bunch that I simply liked, and only one that I didn't bother to finish. I now have the names of a few authors whose other work I will seek out.

(The danger in this approach is evident from this collection itself. Not all authors have one sin
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Just_ann_now
Oct 20, 2011 Just_ann_now rated it really liked it
I bought this primarily to have an e-book version of Ellen Kushner's "A Wild and Wicked Youth", but I found so many other truly delightful stories, I'm really glad that I did. I'm not really a scifi fan, but more stories like Nicola Griffith's "It Takes Two" and Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear's astounding "Mongoose" could easily win me over. On the fantasy side, Margo Lanagan's "Ferryman", Michael Swanwick & Eileen Gunn's "Zeppelin City" (!!!), and Kij's Johnson's enthralling "The Cat Wh ...more
A~
May 20, 2014 A~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to apologize, I was reading this along with another book of short stories, science fiction and so I started to get confused as to what stories were in which book.
I will give it a four with no comment on material.
Randy
Apr 30, 2016 Randy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining set of stories. Peter Watts story "The Island" was the most intriguing, and really captured my imagination.
Roger
Feb 19, 2016 Roger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been a delightful collection of short stories.
Hayden
Feb 23, 2010 Hayden rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, sci-fi
Maybe there is a reason I don't read much adult sci fi. A couple of these stories were good, but some--like the one about the rape of a human woman by some sort of amoeba-like alien which goes on for months or years--just freaked me out.
Cher
I really love every other story in this book, so it's hard to give it a rating. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Catherynne Valentine story, 2nd to last.
Natalie
Apr 04, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really great and diverse collection of speculative fiction short stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it
Dcdfn
Sep 15, 2013 Dcdfn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think there was one good story in this book.
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