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Dreaming Again: Thirty-five New Stories Celebrating the Wild Side of Australian Fiction

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Following the World Fantasy Award-winning Dreaming Down-Under, acclaimed editor Jack Dann gathers thirty-five of the best and brightest in a golden age of Australian fiction to pen fantastic new tales to shock, astound, and delight. The outstanding bestselling authors include Garth Nix, Terry Dowling, Sean McMullen, Kim Wilkins, Sara Douglass, A. Bertram Chandler, Cecilia ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Harper Voyager (first published 2008)
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Chris Lynch
Dec 18, 2008 Chris Lynch rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I shouldn't really review a book that I appear in; suffice to say that I enjoyed reading a bunch of well-crafted genre stories, and am happy to see my second published story among such good company. The anthology has been nominated for an Aurealis Award, as have a number of the stories within it, and has just gone into a second printing. Good motivation: I'm aiming to finish a short story every month next year, and have already sent off my first submission for 2009.
It's great to see collections of Australian Fiction, and appropriately it's a very mixed bag of short stories.
This collection is pretty heavy with sci-fi themes of post apocalypse, and a few of the stories push that genre beyond its cliches. Kim Wilkins' The Forest is a standout in that respect mixing familiar components of Hansel & Gretel with a bleak industrial future landscape to create a different beast completely.
The New Deal by Trent Jamieson also has some fun with apocalypse themes i
For the past couple of weeks I've been using this collection of thirty-five speculative fiction stories from Australian writers as a present to myself. A story here, a story there, and I haven't even finished yet. (Oh, how I don't want it to end! I'm having fun!) Once I do, I need to find a copy of DREAMING DOWN-UNDER, the previous anthology edited by Jack Dann and Janeen Webb. (Janeen Webb also contributed a story to the anthology.) If it impresses me as much as this one, they're going on my ed ...more
This review is long.... To long to post up the full length review. In stead, if you want an in-depth look at the anthology as a whole, go here:

Final Thoughts:
First let me address why I have two overall grades. The first grade is the averaged grade and is self-explanatory. The second is what I felt the anthology should be. This was a soul sucking book to read. Why? Because it's TOO LONG. Thirty-
Oh yeah, just realised that I forgot to add this when I read it. Holy Weird and Wonderful Fiction, Batman! I bought this for Peter Ball's story and ended up with so much more. Aside from the whole contantly entertained thing, I managed to get myself educated, too. Who knew that Garth Nix could write such powerful adult fiction? Or that some dead guy who I'd only heard of because of all the Awards named after him had written about Feudal Japan colonising Australia well before the parallel univers ...more
The stories in this collection are all over the place; some are horror, many are sci-fi, and many just explore other alternate realities. As a whole the collection was an enjoyable read. There is a lot here so it was not the quickest read for me; I also had a little bit of trouble reading the stories consecutively because their subject matter was so varied and disjointed. I have found that with very different short stories I sometimes need a break between them so that I can think about and proce ...more
The increasing number of really stunning Australian fantasy authors I've been running across induced me to pick up this book. I'm very glad I did. The overall feel is often pretty dark and there were rather a lot of zombies, but there's enough light-heartedness to keep things balanced. Don't read this like a novel; pick one that sounds interesting (Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh?) and start there.
As with any story collection, I enjoyed some of the stories more than others. My particular favorites
George Christie
A handful of decent specfic surrounded by padding of sub par tripe. Only finished it because I'm so far behind on my reading goal for the year. If you do pick it up (from the library, don't buy it) read the following
The Constant Past - best in the volume
Undead Camels ate their Flesh - for the title alone
Smoking, Waiting for the Dawn - Vamps done well
Perchance ti Dream -cliche done well
This way to the Exit - decent enough mystical victorianism
Old Friends - Garth Nix tries to be Roger Zelazny or N
A surprisingly consistent collection of quality fantasy stories by Australian authors. I haven't read much Australian lit - and indeed had only heard of one of the authors (Garth Nix) - but this was marvelous. Only a couple of the stories were boring and/or needlessly unpleasant to read. (I don't object to unpleasant reading as a general rule, but when it's unpleasant for no reason I feel manipulated.) The range is broad, from angels to zombies, humor to tragedy, modern Australia to the Garden o ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
This is a pretty solid collection - a little too heavy on Sci Fi for me which is not really my thing. I love that there is such a quality Australian collection out there though and really appreciated a chance to read Australian writers in the genre.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
I'll have to read this again so I can review it story by story as I'm doing with my other anthologies, but the story I remember standing out was Trudi Canavan's. It's because of this that I got out her first series from my book storage.
Malini Sridharan
Many of the stories are run of the mill sci-fi fantasy. The post apocalyptic fairy tales are entertaining, and the one about Michael Jackson as a spaceship in the future is strange and wonderful.
Excellent collection of short stories by Australian authors. As with any anthology, not all were to my taste, but it's a very strong collection. Highly recommended.
Quick Word: Some stories were well crafted, but the collection as a whole was to dark and unsettling for me.
Rowena Daniells
Jun 11, 2011 Rowena Daniells rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the sequel anthology to Dreaming DownUnder which won a World Fantasy Award.
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Feb 09, 2011 Kevin Gallan marked it as to-read
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