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The best stories of the year: here is a collection of the best fantasy prose written in 2007, by some of the genre's greatest authors, and selected by Rich Horton, a contributing reviewer to many of the field's most respected magazines.
Mass Market Paperback, 460 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Cosmos Books (first published January 15th 2008)
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Janine Southard
Disclosure #1: I tend to deeply dislike short stories written after 1960. They are usually full of over-description with a lack of plot. So, I 'm not a short story kind of person.

Disclosure #2: I bought this collection purely because my childhood friend has a story in it. So I'm more than slightly biased...and I only read as far as her entry.

As you may expect from the above, this volume is not for me. It's full of pretty descriptions that go nowhere. A few notable exceptions that make this volum
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Cait
I really enjoyed this collection -- I didn't read it cover to cover, as you can tell from the liveblogging status updates, but I did end up reading every story in it. (I always feel a little embarrassed when I circumvent an editor's careful sequence of stories, but in this case I'm glad I did: I don't think I would have wanted to end on the last story in this book, which was The Master Miller's Tale by Ian R. MacLeod. I don't like my fantasy (1) emo or (2) mostly horror.)

Stories I did really lik
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Althea Ann
Above-average collection of short stories. Most are 'modern' rather than 'classic' fantasy.

Contents:
“Unpossible” by Daryl Gregory
“Light” by Kelly Link
“The Teashop” by Zoran Zivkovic
“The Rope” by Noreen Doyle
“Buttons” by William Alexander
“Brother of the Moon” by Holly Phillips
“A Diorama of the Infernal Regions” by Andy Duncan
“Heartstrung” by Rachel Swirsky
“Something in the Mermaid Way” by Carrie Laben
“Public Safety” by Matthew Johnson
“Stray” by Benjamin Rosenbaum and David Ackert
“The
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Liviu
A very enjoyable anthology with some great stories mostly read by me when originally published but also two or three new ones.

The Goss and Abraham stories published originally in Logorrhea are outstanding, but I loved several more stories too including Zivkovic and McLeod.
Nicole


The stories in this collection were not engaging enough to draw me to finish reading it. Not recommended.
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Includes a story by Kelly Link.
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