Other Worlds Than These
We can all imagine such “other worlds”—be they worlds just slightly different than our own or worlds full of magic and wonder—but it is only in fiction that we can travel to them. From The Wizard of Oz to The Dark Tower, from Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass to C. S. Lewis's The Chron ...more
In this anthology, the most disappointing story was by George R.R. Martin, because it read like a fantasy and the promise of the first paragraph was never met. My favorite ...more
Short story collections containing works by multiple authors can be hard to judge fairly on any kind of rigid scale, because it is rare that a reader will find every story equally good or bad. I have given each story its own 1-5 rating as well. I would recommend this collection to any fantasy or science fiction fans, some of the stories were truly magical. This book is not a light read, an ...more
I'm not even done yet with this anthology, but I'm really enjoying it so far. I read it in between reading books for blog tours so it's been two to three stories at a time for me, but each time I read this book is a magical experience. I am just overwhelmed with how interesting and exciting the stories are. I don't absolutely love ...more
Things started off on the Moon ...more
A few highlights for me:
Crystal Halloway and the Forgotten Passage by Seanan McGuire.
This was the first story I'd written by McGuire-not-Grant, and it brought me to TEARS. Feeling foolish, I tweeted this, and she responded in under 2 minutes. I was surprised, but it is touching.
Ana's Ta ...more
"A Brief Guide to Other Histories" by Paul McAuley
"Crystal Halloway and the Forgotten Passage" by Seanan McGuire
"Twenty-two Centimeters" by Gregory Benford
"Ana's Tag" by William Alexander
"Nothing Personal" by Pat Cadigan
"Magic for Beginners" by Kelly Link
"Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" by Stephen King
"The Ontologic ...more
Ace editor John Joseph Adams has created what looks at first like nothing more than YATA—Yet Another Theme Anthology. With its awkward mixture of typefaces and muddy images on the cover, it's not a very attractive ...more
• Introduction — John Joseph Adams 5 very helpful. It probably would have impacted my enjoyment of the book as a whole having not had the information here in advance
• Moon Six — Stephen Baxter 3 interesting, but dry
• A Brief Guide to Other Histories — Paul McAuley 4 interesting and enjoyable. It was a cool idea that pulled me right in.
• Crystal H ...more
Overall it was worth the investment - especially as I had only read one of these previously in a different compilation.
What if you could not only travel any location in the world, but to any possible world?
We can all imagine such “other worlds”--be they worlds just slightly different than our own or worlds full of magic and wonder--but it is only in fiction that we can travel to them. From The Wizard of Oz to The Dark Tower, from Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass to C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, there is a rich tradition of this kind of fiction, but never before have the best parallel world stories
However, when the next book I picked up bored me more, I came back and I was ...more
When I read collections like this I usual ...more
Of the less enjoyable works in the vo ...more
While there are some notable authors who share their stories, there is a great selection from lesser-known ones. At the end of the book, you'll find a great bibliography containing additional stories/writers for you to investigate (especially useful if ...more
These are all stories that deal with alternate worlds or alternate universes. Certainly the subject matter is not n ...more
This is really different from my usual reading. I found maybe 5 of the stories to be what made the time very much worth it. Some of them seemed very difficult to understand. If you like SciFi short stories I would certainly read this book.