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Clockwork Phoenix: New Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (Clockwork Phoenix #3)

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The third volume of this extraordinary annual anthology series of fantastic literature dares to surpass the first two, with works that sidestep expectations in beautiful and unsettling ways, that surprise with their settings and startle with the manner in which they cross genre boundaries, that aren't afraid to experiment with storytelling techniques, and yet seamlessly bl ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Mythic Delirium Books
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David
A collection of tales of "beauty and strangeness." You can find brief summaries and ratings for each story below, but because that filled up Goodreads' word limit for reviews, go to my first comment for a final verdict on the anthology as a whole.

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The Gospel of Nachash, by Marie Brennan (4 stars)

What Brennan does most successfully here is pull off a work of Biblical fan fiction that actually sounds Biblical. Written like an apocryphal version of the Ga
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Anastasia
The best volume yet. Over half of the stories I absolutely loved and liked the rest. It's a good balance of familiar and completely unknown names, fantasy and scifi. Almost all of them were easy to get into, and the transitions between stories were smooth.

"Crow Voodoo" by Georgina Bruce is an almost painful, piercing tale.

"Tomorrow Is Saint Valentine's Day" by Tori Truslow is about merpeople who live on the moon, "the moist star," and a researcher who goes to live among them. The ending is a s
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Bridgett
I love these anthologies. I found the issues of time travel very interesting in the story "Murder in Metachronopolis," especially.
Sunny Moraine
The first in the series that I've read, and I'm very glad that I did. It's sheer joy all the way through, with barely a false step in sight. Even stories that didn't grab me initially (To Seek Her Fortune and Murder in Metachronopolis being two examples) had me enraptured by the end. Others (Braiding the Ghosts, Eyes of Carven Emerald, Crow Voodoo, and Surrogates, to name only a few) are darkly and beautifully haunting, and linger long after they're done. Still others (The Gospel of Nachash, You ...more
Andreas
A spoilerless review of the stories. My faourites are marked bold.

Marie Brennan, The Gospel of Nachash (5/5)

Very interesting story with a biblical background, adding another dimension to the creation of men.

Tori Truslow, Tomorrow Is Saint Valentine's Day (1/5)

I couldn't get into the story, the way how it's told made it hard for me to connect to the events and characters.

Georgina Bruce, Crow Voodoo (5/5)

Dark, creepy story about a special kind of magic. Highly recommended, it's strange and beautif
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Francesca Forrest
I enjoyed these stories tremendously. My top two favorites remain "Braiding the Ghosts," by C.S.E. Cooney (which wins for most imaginative spells, most appealing heroine, and an unusual and satisfying story) and "Murder in Metachronopolis," by John C. Wright (which wins for its great use of nonlinear storytelling, which manages to be both complex and perfectly comprehensible), and the one that made me ache because I wish I had written it--wish I was capable of writing like that--was "Crow Voodoo ...more
Joshua
Ok. I got this book mainly for JC Wright's story "Murder in Metachronopolis," which, consistent with expectations, was very good. The other stories tended to be mediocre in the way the Matrix movie sequels were i.e., there was a lot of clever stuff and wide-ranging cultural references (e.g. Plato's cave), but not much meaning, apart from that intrinsic to the references themselves. Some of the writers shouldn't be, others couldn't write and a couple were decent.
Shauna
Jan 28, 2012 Shauna added it
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
I considered this anthology a mixed bag of stories I liked and things I didn't. Given that its purpose was to offer the reader cutting-edge fantasy, new tales of beauty and strangeness, my mixed reaction is likely an indication that it succeeded. Worth reading to see how authors are pushing the boundaries.
Bryan Schmidt
7 of 15 stories I really enjoyed, 3 were okay, and 5 were just not to my taste. Definitely unique stories and ideas. Some talented writers. I have not read the two previous books in the series and have no basis for comparison. See my detailed review at www.tangentonline.com
Michal
I really loved the story by C.S.E. Cooney, but the rest just wasn't my sort o' thing.
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