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From vampires in the Appalachians and leprechauns in the Smokies to mermaids in the Mississippi and bloodthirsty trolls in an Alabama trailer park the South makes a unique setting for the 20 stories in this anthology of redneck vampires, werewolves, wizards, elves, and other creatures.

Featuring original stories by Gene Wolfe, Timothy Zahn, Chris Pierson, Mickey Zucker Re
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by DAW (first published January 1st 2011)
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Yodamom
I picked this book up for the cover and title. I made a deal with myself that I would go to the library and shelf surf for one book a month that was just too much uniqueness for me to pass up. I have been looking at this one for months it was calling to me daring me. I had to take it home.

I read it, and I liked all the stories except maybe three. They where just not my style of read at all. Many of these authors are not even seasoned writers, they are gaming programers, grandmothers, bird wrangl
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Jennifer
The Giant by Gene Wolfe--This was a great story. The boondock feel wasn't as strong to me in this story as the others but it was a fantastic, slightly darker version of a fairytale. Wolfe did something that I found particularly annoying; he never gave the main character a name. He just continuously refered to him as "the writer of children's books" and after reading this a couple of dozen times it really gets old. Honestly, If the writer of children's books would've had a name to break the monot ...more
Joshua Palmatier
Boondocks Fantasy

This is obviously a take on the “urban” fantasy trend in the market right now, taking us back to the sticks instead of into the city streets. I enjoyed most of the stories in this anthology and it was good overall. One story stood out above the others--Brian A Hopkins’ Black Rider--but there were plenty of good stories in here. A good range of lighthearted all the way up to rather dark. My favorite “light” story was Raymond Benson’s The Devil is a Gentleman. Here are my thoughts
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Mrs Giggles
Boondocks Fantasy sells itself, at least as per the introduction by Jean Rabe, as a change from urban fantasy in that the stories here have urban fantasy tropes but are set in a more rustic setting. This has me thinking of Buffy in farmer overalls stabbing vampires with a hay fork, but it turns out that the anthology is a mixed bag of fantasy stories that feel like... well, fantasy stories that have been around for at least several decades now.

Gene Wolfe starts out with The Giant. Our protagonis
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Janet Whalen-Jones
Short story collections are like sample platters. Great way to try several authors without commiting to a full length book. After an amazingly epic read, it can be hard to get into a novel that is good but not great. Or conversely after a really fluffy book, I'm not always ready to jump into a potential classic. Short stories are great transitional reading or for situations where one's attention span is short, like waiting in a doctor's office. The writer has to create a setting, characters and ...more
Jessica
Once again, I got this for the short story by Anton Strout. In this collection of short stories, the authors were asked to take mythical creatures and place them in rural settings, showing how they blend in with the normal people or hide themselves completely. While not as good as Pandora's Closet, there were still some interesting reads. The first story about a giant almost made me put the book down. It was very abstract and that just didn't work for me. It got better in the next tale with a me ...more
Andrew
Jul 08, 2012 Andrew rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of: modern fantasy/horror
Being a lifelong resident of southeastern Ohio/western West Virginia, I have a little familiarity with the boondocks and the title sold me on giving this book a read. Truth in advertising, Boondocks Fantasy is a collection of short stories with a common element: something fantastical happens in the sticks. One or two of the stories I would categorize as science-fiction rather than fantasy, but that's nitpicking and the stories were almost universally enjoyable.

There are tales for all types withi
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Angela
I would have given it 5 stars for these delightful short stories, but I felt it ended on downslide with the last 3 stories being a disappointment compared to the stronger earlier ones.
SFReader
This is obviously a take on the "urban" fantasy trend in the market right now, taking us back to the sticks instead of into the city streets. I enjoyed most of the stories in this anthology and it was good overall. One story stood out above the others--Brian A Hopkins' Black Rider--but there were plenty of good stories in here. A good range of lighthearted all the way up to rather dark. My favorite "light" story was Raymond Benson's The Devil is a Gentleman. Here are my thoughts on each individu ...more
Mark
Choose this summer collection of short fantasy stories when you want a taste from one of your favorite authors. For me, it's Raymond Benson. His short, The Devil is a Gentleman, will have to do while we wait for the Fall publication of his next novel, The Black Stiletto.

Boondocks Fantasy attempts to infuse down home Americana with stories of trolls, elves, devils and magical creatures of all sorts. Each a quick read, the shorts vary widely from simple to deep, and from obtuse to fantastical. Ot
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Katie
I loved this! The stories were fun and diverse, and most were only a few pages long, making it a quick read.
Donald J. Bingle
Check out my story, Rural Route, in this anthology.
Tim Hicks
Worthwhile but not memorable. Good variety.
Parajunkee
This is a fun anthology!
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