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Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy (Firebirds #2)

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This star-studded follow-up to the acclaimed "Firebirds" contains riveting, original stories by some of today's masters of science fiction and fantasy, including Fancesca Lia Block, Alan Dean Foster, Diana Wynne Jones, and Tanith Lee.
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published April 6th 2006 by Firebird (first published June 17th 2005)
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Jun 14, 2011 Catie rated it really liked it
This is going to be a bit of a cheat review because I’ve acknowledged to myself that the only reason I checked out this anthology was to read the Joss and Mavkel story The Real Thing by Alison Goodman. I may choose to keep renewing this thing like a jerk so I can keep it and read the Kelly Link or Tamora Pierce stories, but for now I feel perfectly comfortable giving this anthology four stars based solely on the The Real Thing alone.

I love this story, but it’s bittersweet because it’s such a bea
Jan 29, 2008 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Julian
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, ya
A collection of YA short stories. Yet another clunker from Charles DeLint, another terrifically imaginative story from Diana Wynne Jones, and several stories that felt all too much like snippets from a novel. Francesca Lia Block's story was literally just one of her dreams, transcribed--not a good read. There was no point to Tanith Lee's lackluster "The House on the Planet." Kelly Link's "The Wizards of Perfil" was evocative, if a little too surreal in places. Ellen Klages' "In the House of the ...more
Not a collection where all stories are good. I ended up skimming a lot of them.

If you read only one story out of this anthology, let it be Kara Dalkey's "Hives" - mean girls in future, who are joined into cliques(=hives) via 24/7 addictive, straight-to-brain cell communication. A disconnect from a hive can be lethal. Great story with enough meat for a whole book.

The others worth reading - "The Real Thing" by Allison Goodman (time-travel school and a cute telepathic alien); "Perception" by Alan
Jan 21, 2009 CuriousLibrarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, best-reads-2008
I originally went in search of this book because a friend thought I would enjoy the story "In the House of the Seven Librarians," and told me that some of the other stories were "pretty good too." I picked it up and discovered that it was populated with some extremely well-known sf/fantasy authors! So I sat down to read the whole thing.

As in every anthology, there are some stories that are better than others, and some authors that I historically don't like. But I found one stand-out author whose
While reading books, what are readers allowed to hope for?

And when the book promises something like this:

This star-studded follow-up to the acclaimed "Firebirds" contains riveting, original stories by some of today's masters of science fiction and fantasy.


What you hold in your hands is more than a book. It is a gateway between worlds - from deep space to Faerie to just around the corner. The seventeen authors who have contributed original stories to Firebirds Rising have won virtually every l
Another excellent collection, just as good as the first one. I liked that several of the stories were SF -- I don't remember much, if any, SF in Firebirds (though I'm thinking I need to reread it), and one of the SF stories here, Alison Goodman's "The Real Thing", was one of my favorites of the collection. Other standouts for me were Diana Wynne Jones's "I'll Give You My Word", Ellen Klages's "In the House of the Seven Librarians" (okay, yes, I'm a sucker for librarian stories), and Pamela Dean' ...more
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Dec 22, 2013 Jessica M rated it really liked it
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APA citation: November, S.(Ed.). (2006) Firebirds rising. Penguin: NY.

Genre: Short Stories

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Format: Book, Short Stories

Selection process: The book was favored in Booklist. Estes, S. (2006). Firebirds rising: An anthology of original science fiction and fantasy. Booklist, 102(15), 32.

Review: Firebirds Rising offers a multitude of short stories from popular young adult science fiction and fantasy authors. Fans of ghosts, aliens, goddesses and the like wi
I stumbled across this anthology when I was in search of fiction by Pamela Dean. The contributors to this are really excellent authors, and I am thoroughly enjoying nearly every one of the stories. I like it so much I've ordered a used pb copy for my library (Kindle is $10, used is $5).

Highly recommended.
Mar 31, 2009 stiny added it
this was a really interesting book. i found it on the top shelf of a closet at my house. i dont know where it originally came from, tho. i suspect i salvaged it out of the garbage when one time my uncle was throwing away all the books he had bought over the years. but, anyways, i found it in a closet, and thought it looked interesting, so i decided to read it. most of the stories were really good. some were really wierd, and not just bacause they are sci fi. it was more the author's writing styl ...more
"Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy" is an engaging mix of SF and Fantasy stories aimed at a young adult audience, though quite enjoyable for adults as well.

This collection as a whole is definitely worth reading, and many of the stories deserves rereading as well. At the same time, there were a few stories that just weren't that impressive.

Tamora Pierce's "Huntress"- One of those stories that just didn't impress me, but I do love Greek mythology, so the refer
Firebirds Rising is an anthology full of fantasy and SF stories, mostly for a young adult audience. They're all by different authors, so naturally, some are hits and some are misses. I encountered quite a few new authors here, though I'm not really eager to follow up most of them.

The first story, 'Huntress', is by Tamora Pierce. It wasn't really an encouraging start, for me. The mythological references could be interesting, but the whole idea of the story is that a goddess comes along and punish
Layne Fowler
Oct 09, 2013 Layne Fowler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely recommend this book to anybody! Especially if they like the Sci-Fi Genre. This book isn't just one storyline though it is a collection of Sci-Fi short stories. You will be captivated by stories like "In The House Of The Seven Librarians" where a young orphan girl is raised by seven librarians and surprisingly a magic library. Or if you want it to have more Science Fiction in it, read a story like "The Real Thing." In that story the girl protagonist Joss and the human race lives sid ...more
Sep 11, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthologies, fantasy, sf
Excellent anthology, with a strong blend of SF and fantasy. I encountered several authors I hadn't read before, and will seek out in the future. I liked nearly every story in here. I had sought out the book because I noticed it contained stories by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Charles de Lint, and Kelly Link, but I also really enjoyed the stories by Tamora Pierce, Alison Goodman, Ellen Klages, Carol Emshwiller, and Kara Dalkey. I think the strongest pieces in here might be Ellen Klages' "In the House of ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Hanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In total I would give this anthology a 3.0 because as with all anthologies there were gems and coals—so let’s try to hit it in between (ish). Now, this is my honest to heaven rating for each individual work considering its memorability, plot, story, and execution.

(*) on memorable works

Huntress by Tamora Peirce – 3/5 (*)

This is darker than I expected from Tamora Peirce but then again I’ve only read one work of hers and that was back when I was a child (faded and I cant even remember what went on
Samuel Lubell
Oct 24, 2015 Samuel Lubell rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, fantasy, ya, stories
This is a mix of YA stories, both fantasy and science fiction. The overall quality is quite high with over 500 pages by top authors including Charles de Lint, Diana Wynne Jones, Tamora Pierce, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Tanith Lee, Kelly Link, Patricia McKillip, and Sharon Shinn. I especially liked "Huntress" about a group of girl runners who chase down drug dealers and such, "Unwrapping" about how one's self can be a costume, "Little (GRRL) Lost" which updates the miniature people troupe, "In the Hou ...more
Donatellia Austin
May 23, 2016 Donatellia Austin rated it liked it
Overall the stories were okay, I am always a DWJ fan and so I enjoyed her story, although I would agree with many other reviews that its a slightly smaller grade level.

Many of these stories feel like they are a part of longer works, and not really their own story. Short stories can be hard to write, much harder than longer works of genre fiction, so I think many of these well-written authors might have flaked on the creating of short stories without much thought to actually creating a short sto
Oct 27, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it
Now THIS, I liked. It was much better than Firebirds, in my opinion. I usually don't care too much for scifi, but some of the scifi stories in here were really good (and on the same note, the stories I liked the least were also scifi). Probably my favorite was "I'll Give You My Word," by Diana Wynne Jones. It's hilarious, it's got tons of big words, and it's that wonderful blend of fantasy and modern life that she does so well. "Hives," by Tara Delkey, was probably my second favorite, because th ...more
“Huntress” by Tamora Pierce

“Unwrapping” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

“The Real Thing” by Alison Goodman
From what I understand, this is an extra from Goodman’s Singing the Dogstar Blues, which I now must read.

“Little (Grrrl) Lost” by Charles de Lint
While reading this, I found myself continually thinking of Ghibli’s recently dubbed “Arrietty” which I have not seen. But I imagine Arrietty doesn’t have quite the personality of De Lint’s borrower.

“I’ll Give You My Word” by Diana Wynne Jones
I would just
Maureen E
Jul 25, 2011 Maureen E rated it really liked it
I have previously read the first and second books in this anthology series, which is largely notable for being a YA anthology (something we do not have enough of).

In general, I tend to have mixed reactions to anthologies, especially those with stories by a number of different authors. This was no exception. I think the other two were generally stronger, but there were several stories I enjoyed in here.

"I'll Give You My Word" by Diana Wynne Jones (sob) was a delight. It's mostly typical Jones, wi
Aug 20, 2013 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I enjoyed "Firebirds Rising" just slightly less than "Firebirds", which I think is due to the increase in science fiction content. It's supposed to be a fantasy and sci-fi anthology, and the sci-fi made up less than half of the stories, so this is definitely a personal complaint and not really a criticism of the book itself.

I did like two of the sci-fi stories in particular. "Quills", which is a little about dinosaurs and a little about humans and a little about family, and a little about how al
Deborah O'Carroll
Overall I was very disappointed with most of the stories in this collection, but there were two that I loved, a couple others that were good, and a few tolerable ones.

5 stars - "A Wintermoon Wish" by Sharon Shinn was fabulous. One of my favorite short stories ever. The character Jake was fabulous. I loved this story a lot and though I'd never read her before, I now hope to read some of her other writings someday, preferably set in that world.

5 stars - "In the House of the Seven Librarians" by El
Apr 27, 2012 Robyn rated it really liked it
I checked this out of the library for the Diana Wynne Jones story in it, but read the whole anthology. I'm not giving a star rating to each story, but I did keep a note of whether I felt positively or negatively toward each story when finished, just as I did with the first Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction.

1. Huntress by Tamora Pierce +
2. Unwrapping by Nina Kiriki Hoffman +
3. The Real Thing by Alison Goodman +/-
4. Little (Grrrl) Lost by Charles de Lint +

5. I'll Giv
Apr 14, 2015 Mary-Beth rated it liked it
It was a decent anthology with some hits and some misses.

It started off a bit weak for me with some stories that screamed YA. I like YA a lot, okay, but the style and subject felt like they were bludgeoning me with a youthful aesthetic.

The ones I liked:
"In the House of the Seven Librarians" by Ellen Klages
"Wintermoon Wish" by Sharon Shinn

The ones that were the best:
"The Wizard of Perfil" by Kelly Link
"The House on the Planet" by Tanith Lee
"Cousins" by Pamela Dean
Jun 16, 2009 Allison rated it liked it
When I stumbled upon the first Firebirds anthology, I fell in love and waited patiently for a sequel. After several years, I've finally returned to find Firebirds Rising. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy Rising half as much as I enjoyed its predecessor. Perhaps the reason for this is that the tales in Firebirds were more fantasy, whereas the tales in this more recent volume are much closer to scifi, which I am not as comfortable with.

Despite my disappointment, Firebirds Rising is still a pretty go
I'm a voracious reader of fantasy, and have recently made forays into the realm of science fiction, so i had high hopes picking this up, especially since i recognized several of the contributing authors.

That said, it was okay. Some stories (such as Wintermoon Wish, and Hives) were really good (albeit maybe a little freaky). Some were no more than merely enjoyable, and some i didn't care for as much. Blood Roses was so confusing. I read it three times and still have no clue what's happening or wh
May 20, 2013 Ryan rated it liked it
I like collections of this sort as a way of trying out new authors - especially in fantasy. Now I find I'm liking all the authors I've always liked, just reading their stories - and not always new ones. I liked this book because so many were new - only two stories previously read (or at least read and remembered).

Best story this read - and that doesn't mean I liked it best, necessarily, but it was the most memorable, most interesting:
Hives - the story itself felt very William Gibson, if he wrot
Jul 06, 2012 Robyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-reviewed
Like many books of short stories, this is a mixed bag, some are wonderful, some are fairly forgettable. However, I think that the breadth of subjects covered really does have something for everyone who's a fan of the genre.

However, the clear stand out is really the story "Hives", and years after the fact this is the one that stuck with me, the one I really remember. Hives has a great premise and a character with a strong voice; it provides thrills and chills in it's short time, and even if ever
Dec 23, 2010 Jane rated it liked it
3.5 Interesting variety of stories and authors. I'm thinking about reading the other Firebird books now too.

I was in the middle of reading the short story Hives when it stopped making sense... the copy of the book I borrowed from the library by some defect is missing pages 371-402. So I unknowingly skipped from the middle of Hives to the end of Perception. It doesn't look like the book is missing pages so I must conclude it is a publishing error unfortunately. I am somewhat disappointed. I want
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
Wintermoon Wish by Sharon Shinn

This lovely short story takes place in the same world as Shinn’s Safe-Keeper trilogy. I’ve read one of the books ages ago, and when I started reading I soon remembered the wonderful world of Merendon. Lirril is our main heroine, and a bit of a snob. She arrives at her grandparent’s inn heartbroken that her crush in town has fallen in love with another girl. So when Jake arrives on the night of Wintermoon (a mix of Christmas, and New Years Eve), she is not the most
Jun 09, 2008 Angie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy SF short stories
Firebirds Rising is a compilation of short stores by different SF authors.
Included are the stories:

"Huntress" by Tamora Pierce

"Unwrapping" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

"The Real Thing" by Alison Goodman

"Little (Grrl) Lost" by Charles de Link

"I'll Give You My Word" by Diana Wynne Jones

"In the House of the Seven Librarians" Ellen Klages

"Wintermoon Wish" by Sharon Shinn

"The Wizards of Perfil" by Kelly Link

"Jack o'Lantern" by Patricia A. McKillip

"Quill" by Carol Emshwiller

"Blood Roses" by Francesca Lia B
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