The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: Twenty-First Annual Collection (The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror #21 - year 2008)
As in every year since 1988, the editors tirelessly scoured story collections, magazines, and anthologies worldwide to compile a delightful, diverse feast of tales and poems.
On this anniversary, the editors have increased the size of the collection to 300,000 words of fiction and poetry, including works by Billy Collins, Ted Chiang, Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth Hand, Glen
"The Cambist and Lord Iron: A fairy tale of economics" by Daniel Abraham. A debauched lord with unlimited wealth and power finds amusement out ...more
However, I wasn't a huge fan of the poetry, but I'm in no position to criticize poetry in the first place. ...more
The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics: I really liked how the writer integrated some principles of economics into the story and how they were used to explore two very interesting characters.
The Merchant and the Alchemist' ...more
Here are some of my notes:
The Forest by Laird Barron - feels like you have to be high to appreciate it
The Me ...more
"The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics" by Daniel Abraham - a fantastic story that actually makes economic matters interesting; "Vampires in the Lemon Grove" by Karen Russell - in which vampires are on the hunt for new wondrous tastes; the poem "Scenes of Hell" by Billy Collins - both Boschian and modern; "The Last Worders" by Karen Joy Fowler - where twins are not the best of friends; "The Monsters of Heaven" by Nathan Ballingrud ...more
This editon was better than last years. Sometimes, the editions seem to have too much fr ...more
"The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics" by Daniel Abraham
"The Swing" by Don Tumasonis
"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" by Ted Chiang
"Closet Dreams" by Lisa Tuttle
"The Evolution of Tr ...more
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 ...more
"Vampires in the Lemon Grove" by Karen Russell - 2 stars
"Holiday" by M. Rickert - 4 stars
"Hum Drum" by Gary McMahon - 2 stars
"Splitfoot" by Paul Walther - 2 stars
"The House of Mechanical Pain" by Chaz Brenchley - 3 stars
"The Last Worders" by Karen Joy Fowler - 2 stars
"The Monsters of Heaven" - 2 stars
"The Fiddler of Bayou Teche" by Delia Sherman - 3 stars
"Mr. Poo-Poo" by Reggie Oliver - 1 star
"Winter's Wife" by Eli ...more
"Vampires in the Lemon Grove" was told from a truly unique perspective, and I think if I were in a different place emotionally I would give it 5 stars. For now, a 3.5, even though stars must be whole. Phttt.
M. Rickert's "Holiday" gave me a little too much stomach squishin ...more
She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Ter ...more