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Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman

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Unnatural Creatures is a collection of short stories about the fantastical things that exist only in our minds—collected and introduced by beloved New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.

The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, range from the whimsical to the terrifying. The magical creatures range from werewolves to sunbirds to b
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Published April 23rd 2013 by HarperCollins (first published April 1st 2013)
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Evelyn (devours and digests words)
True to its title, Unnatural Creatures is an unnatural collection. This anthology is packed with short stories ranging from multiple genres: from science fiction to fantasy, and from horror to a sprinkle of contemporary.

I really couldn't resist keeping my fingers away when I found out that this is a collection of Neil Gaiman’s personal favourite stories. If you're up for the new, the bizarre and the odd, I recommend this book.

So… there are 16 tales to choose favourites from, all of which are ab
Oct 20, 2015 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I enjoyed this! I really loved a lot of the different stories and it was a great collection. You can look at my updates to see my ratings of the different stories!
Apr 22, 2013 Jon marked it as to-read-maybe  ·  review of another edition
Both the title and the UK cover for this book really remind me of Beautiful Creatures.
Mar 18, 2013 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read a collection of stories picked by Neil Gaiman as some of his favorites. As with all anthologies this is a mixed bag; but in general it was a better mix than most anthologies I have read.

This collection consists of 16 stories. Many of these stories feature things or creatures that end up being something different from what they originally seem to be. The stories span a variety of settings but in general are fairy-tale like in feel and have a large dose of irony to them.

pink (not just another shade of red)
Amazing how one book can teach you many important things. In prose and tones that are sometimes humorous, sometimes wry, sometimes lyrical, sometimes fantastic, sometimes scary, always charming, always ironic and captivating, always touched by Neil Gaiman's own unique magic,  Unnatural Creatures easily impart these things we've always wondered about yet didn't know for sure where to find. A collection of short stories, treasures...things we dare and daren't dream and imagine.
This book will teac
Nov 18, 2015 Fantifica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasía, antología
Reseña de David Tejera · Nota: 8,5 · Reseña en Fantífica

Dice Neil Gaiman en su introducción para la antología Criaturas fantásticas que el Museo de Historia Natural de Londres era el mejor lugar del mundo que podía visitar de pequeño, y bendito sea el momento en que pensó que tan solo le faltaba un unicornio para estar completo del todo. Sin esa idea, posiblemente no tendríamos al mismo Gaiman de ahora, el que nos ha llevado por los subterráneos de Londres, el que nos ha dejado con una sensación
Unnatural Creatures is a fun collection with a rather diverse set of authors, including Gaiman himself, Peter S. Beagle, Nnedi Okorafor, Nalo Hopkinson, Diana Wynne Jones… it includes some stories published before which fit with the theme, and a couple which seem to be published for the first time here. Most of them weren’t stories I knew already, and I thought overall it was a good selection; there were none which really didn’t work for me, though I wasn’t so interested in ‘The Compleat Werewol ...more
Every single story in this collection is absolutely compelling. The fact that most of them are from beloved authors like Peter S Beagle, Diana Wynne Jones, E. Nesbit, and of course Neil Gaiman, was certainly what induced me to pick up the book. Most collections of this nature have a weak link or two, though. A story that you skim over because it either doesn't fit the spirit of the collection or simply isn't very well written. This book has nothing of the kind.

What this book does have are time
Бранимир Събев
Прекрасен сборник, съдържащ чудесна подборка от разкази. Няма слаб разказ, всичките са супер добри - Геймън се показва в неподозирано амплоа, на съставител, и се справя удивително. Освен разказ от него, тук има творби и от Лари Нивън, Самюъл Дилейни, Питър Бийгъл, Антъни Баучър, Франк Стоктън, Едит Несбит, Геън Уилсън и др. Личи си, че Геймън е подбрал наистина разкази, които е обичал много - буквално във всяка творба сякаш се вижда по нещо мъничко от него. Силно препоръчвам, ако ви се чете нещо ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gaiman selected the stories in this anthology but was allowed to include one of his own, which is quite good. In fact, I liked all the stories in this collection bar the one by E. Nesbit, which has that annoying "technique" that many children's stories of her era employ of talking directly to the reader. It always feels patronising to me, which is why I don't like it.

Aside from that, the stories vary from quite good to excellent and many of them were by authors new to me. Discovering new authors
The worst stories in this collection are really fucking good.
The best ones are enrapturing, colourful and magical - and I'm talking about the magic in the words, not the magic in the tale.

I'm not good with anthologies. I can never manage to properly get into them and normally completely lose interest in them less than halfway through.
But this anthology's theme offers the perfect occasion to balance different genres and styles without losing the fil rouge that ties everything together, keeping me
Nov 06, 2015 Élefill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Aunque hay 2-3 historias que no han terminado de convencerme, hay otras que me han encantado y en general es un libro que me ha gustado. Una selección de historias de lo más variopintas, que cuenta con la ventaja de no tener que leerlo en orden y siempre puedes volver a releer las historias que más te hayan gustado, y todo en una edición bien cuidada
Sylvia McIvers
Jul 29, 2013 Sylvia McIvers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f, ya, short-stories
In any anthology of sixteen stories by different authors, a reader is usually lucky to get three fabulous stories, five good ones, and the rest not too awful to finish. “Unnatural Creatures” is completely unnatural – it has eight fabulous stories, four really good ones, and four reasonably good stories.

1. The very first story is a mystery by Gahan Wilson – instead of something getting lost, something shows up and must be identified. Unfortunately for the protagonist, it isn’t identified fast en
Taylor Knight
Spoiler free
4.5 stars
About a month ago, I was in an indie book store for an author event and I seen Unnatural Creatures on the top shelf, cover facing out. I'd never heard of the book before but I knew from the second I seen it, I had to have it. The cover is so beautiful and has amazing texture. I didn't even read what it was about or anything. I bought it based 100% on the cover. I was so excited to get home, learn more about it, and start reading it ASAP. After I read the blurb, I was even mo
La Espada en la Tinta
Bienvenidos al Museo de Historia Antinatural. Este particular y misterioso museo, a diferencia de su homólogo londinense al que debemos la fascinación de Neil Gaiman por todo lo que nos rodea, se encarga de recoger los especímenes más asombrosos, terroríficos, fascinantes, míticos, legendarios y maravillosos de la faz de la Tierra. ¿Grifos? Hecho. ¿Una mantícora? Marchando. ¿Unicornios? Por descontado. ¿Cosas sin nombre, sin forma, sin rostro que acechan en la oscuridad? No hay ni que mencionarl ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Dylan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

You got me again, Mr. Gaiman.

Unusual subject matter. Your name, bigger than the title of the book. Hearseloads of fame and praise heaped upon you. It had to be great, right?

Deep sigh...

Only one of the stories is by you, and it was a 6 out of 10; and even the ones you chose were lacking in unexpected twists or making me want to turn the page or hungry to devour the next one.

So this is the last Neil Gaiman book I try to read. But I'm sure it won't be the last one I want to read. Damn you, Neil. (
May 07, 2016 K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Цялото ревю:

Изненадващи, мрачни, стряскащи и пропити с мъдрост, допълнени от личен коментар, всеки от разказите подсказва защо Геймън обича тези творби, а навярно носи и частица от самия него.

Препоръчвам сборника на всички, които нямат нищо против освен да се забавляват, понякога и да изтръпват от страх в компанията на чудати създания с различни нрави, способни да забъркат героите, а и самия читател в безброй необикновени приключения.

I loved the introduction.
First story: 3.5 stars. That was a really good one!

The Cartographer wasps and the anarchists bees: 2.5 stars. I think I didn't understand this one and I do not like bees and wasps

The Griffin and the minor canon: 3 stars. This one really seems a children fairytales, and it was a sweet one.

Ozioma The Wicked: 3.5 stars. This one was really compelling.

Sunbird: 4 stars. I loved this one the first time I read it, and I loved it even this second time!

The Sage of Theare: 3.5 st
Darth J
I really expected more from Gaiman on this one. The most he does for this is write the intro. While the stories in the anthology are mostly clever, they are pretty dry and dull. Too often there is too much build-up and the conclusions are largely unsatisfying. The little illustrations that accompany each story are enjoyable, but the tales themselves lack punch.
-Bookish Gal-
Rating - 2.5 stars

It seems like there is a theme in the making here for me where Mr. Gaiman' books are concerned. The first book I read of his was Coraline and I loved it, next came American Gods and it bored the crap out of me, following which I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane & loved it. Once again I ventured into Mr. Gaiman' works - his earlier release this year - Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman, an anthology edited by Gaiman which comprises of 16 short stories,
Ana Rînceanu
1.descriptionby Gahan Wilson tells the story of a spot that keeps growing. (4 stars)

2. The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by E. Lily Yu begins when a boy attacks the wasps in his village and they are forcet to flee. That swarm of wasps enslaves a nearby bee colony, and the bees, slowly but surely, begin to revolt, thanks to a group of secret anarchists living amongst them. (4 stars)

3. The Griffin and the Minor Canon by Frank R. Stockton is about a griffin who descends upon a town and the people
Aleksandr Voinov
Okay, this anthology was irresistible for me when it came up as a Daily Deal, because I almost wrote my Masters thesis on medieval bestiaries, so it really hit my weakest spot. Its' not a review, just a couple thoughts.

1) Inkblotch story - enjoyed it, though I kinda didn't "get" what type of plant it was. The spiritualist started off as an interesting character (much more so than the others), but never had any room to develop. The other characters were a bit Wooster & Jeeves.

2) Bees and Was
Christina Wilder
I'll say 2.5 stars.

Sadly the majority of the stories in this tome didn't really do it for me.

The ones that shined:

- The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees
- The Manticore, the Mermaid, and Me
- The Smile on the Face
- Or All the Seas with Oysters (the ending was what clinched it)
- Come Lady Death

Also I found out that the author of "Come Lady Death", Peter Beagle (who also wrote The Last Unicorn, used the alias of H.H. Holmes. That is weird.
Althea Ann
3.2 average = 3 stars. Some good stories here.

**** [inkspot] - (1972) - Gahan Wilson
An ominous inksplot grows every time an obnoxious aristocrat takes his eyes off it. Both amusing and creepy.

*** The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees - (2011) - E. Lily Yu
Just read this earlier this month in Nebula Awards Showcase, when I said: I feel like maybe I missed something here. Or maybe the 'something' just wasn't there. I liked the set-up, the conflict between the two insect species and the rev
I could go through each story in this collection and rate each separately, but then I would have to average all those ratings at the end. And I really try to avoid math whenever possible. I'm giving this 3 stars because I liked it. It may deserve more, but it certainly deserves no less.

This was quite the mixed bag - some slightly creepy, some pretty silly, some almost unforgettable, some all together forgettable. But this is a collection of Gaiman's favorites, not mine, so I can appreciate the s
Jun 29, 2013 Libby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long ago, in a wonderful world where Dad paid all my bills and all I had to do was get good grades, I read a lot of SF&Fantasy short stories. I was almost tearful when I reencountered several of my favorites in this nice fat volume from Neil Gaiman. Avram Davidson's "Or All the Sea With Oysters" is an SF classic. Just the presence of this single story would make this collection worth your while. The Saki selection was as chilling as I remembered, and the Anthony Boucher story, while slightly ...more
Midu Hadi
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Amy Neftzger
May 18, 2013 Amy Neftzger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great collection of fantasy short stories that are all well written and extraordinary in very individual ways. I really enjoyed getting a taste of these different authors works and discovering some new writers I'd like to add to my TBR list.

One of the best stories in this book is an extremely well done tale called Prismatica by Samuel R. Delany. This piece could (maybe "should") be studied by aspiring fantasy writers. The story construction and creativity in the plot are excellent, with no loose
Noelia Alonso
The actual rating taking the ratings of the 16 stories is 2.8 STARS I initially gave this 3 stars because it made sense with the average rating of 2.8 but the general feeling this left me was quite meh and as much as I feel bad for it, I have to go with 2 stars.

I'm quite disappointed to be honest. Of the 16 stories I truly enjoyed 5 of them, and the rest were either okay or not really my kind of thing. I even had to DNF - which is not something I really do - one of the stories because I couldn't
Mar 12, 2013 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-won
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program on Goodreads. Review to follow!

I am so excited to have won this book, my husband is a fan of Neil Gaiman and hopefully the stories he has selected!

My husband loved the book...(Thank goodness!!) He is a fan of Neil Gaiman, loved his story and the ones that he had selected for this book. He liked that he got a taste of other authors that he will hopefully enjoy in the future.
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“I was never surprised that they did not have a phoenix on display. There is only one phoenix at a time, of course, and while the Natural History Museum was filled with dead things, the phoenix is always alive.” 12 likes
“I wished I could visit a Museum of Unnatural History, but, even so, I was glad there wasn't one. Werewolves were wonderful because they could be anything, I knew. If someone actually caught a werewolf, or a dragon, if they tamed a manticore or stabled a unicorn, put them in bottles, dissected them, then they could only be one thing, and they would no longer live in the shadowy places between the things I knew and the world of the impossible, which was, I was certain, the only place that mattered.” 8 likes
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