The Year's Best Fantasy First Annual Collection (The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror #1 - year 1988)
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I hadn't read this one before, so most of the stories were new to me, but I have read other books in the series, as well as other things that the editors have done together.
I wasn't prepared to come back to it. Not only have both fantasy and horror moved on since this came out, but it was kind of a game changer at the time.
I don't often say this, but--I want that world back, not the one where 80s horror novels were blunt instruments of vanit ...more
I love anthologies, and I thoroughly enjoyed Datlow's The Faery Reel, so... ?.? stars
Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight by Ursula K. Le Guin * *
A strange story about a girl who apparently falls out of a plane, and is found and helped by Coyote and other desert denizens.
A World Without Toys by T. M. Wright * * * *
Alex and Blanche from the historical society are interested in an old house found under a street. The house has toys in the attic.
DX by Joe Haldeman * * *
A day in the life of any
A World Without Toys • (1986) • shortstory by T. M. Wright
DX • (1987) • poem by Joe Haldeman
Friend's Best Man • (1987) • shortstory by Jonathan Carroll
The Snow Apples • (1987) • shortstory by Gwyneth Jones
Ever After • (1987) • novelette by Susan Palwick
My Name Is Dolly • (1987) • shortstory by William F. Nolan
The Moon's Revenge • (1987) • shortstory by Joan Aiken
Lake George in High August • (1987) • shortstory by John Robert Bensink
I own a Book Club hardcover edition.
I started this anthology with the 5th Annual and I loved it so much I started collecting the whole set including finding copies of those before it.
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
There are several quiet fantasy stories here as well and a Le Guin that is qu ...more
Csucskari by Steven Brust. Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair by Charles DeLint, Words of Power by Jane Yolen and The Maid on the Shore by Delia Sherman. ...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