Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy (The World of Riverside #1.6)
In this thrilling collection of original stories, some of today’s hottest paranormal authors delight, thrill, and captivate readers with otherworldly tales of magic and mischief. In Jim Butcher’s ”Curses”, Harry Dresden investigates how to lift a curse laid by the Fair Folk on the Chicago Cubs. In Patricia Briggs’ “Fairy Gifts,”, a vampire is called home by magic to save t...more
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"Fairy Gifts" by Patricia Briggs - 5-star
It's a wonderful story told in few words but weaved together with rich details, excellent writings and sympathetic characters that feels real. I especially like the way Briggs tells her story; it's that ability of a good author to sweep readers off their feet and carry them along with her/him. Loved it!
(Given that I only read one story in this, I've toned down the rating to 4-star for the book. But "Fairy Gifts" was 5 ...more
I did enjoy a handful of the stories (those I liked most are in bold), but there were also quite a few that didn't work for me at all. Quick synopses/impressions below:
Curses / Jim Butcher
In which Harry ogles a well-mammaried faerie, gets beat up a shocking zero times and investigates a curse placed on the Chicago Cubs in 1945.
How the Pooka C ...more
My brain is kind of fried after reading this one. It took a LONG time to finish, longer than I really anticipated. Some of the stories are a lot of description, which takes a lot longer to get through than action. It didn't help that the story that I most wanted to read, the Jim Butcher offering, was first in the book, so I had little to look forward to as I read. A lot of th ...more
It certainly gets off to a good start! In “Curses” by Jim Butcher, Harry Dresden — the only Wizard listed in the Chicago Yellow Pages — is approached about removing a very old curse from a loca ...more
As a pre Changes story, things feel a bit more of "the old" Dresden. Dresden gets a case, and digs deeper into things. There is almost no action in this one though.
Overall it's a decent, but unremarkable story. There are several other Dredsen short stories I think are much better.
Hopefully Mr. Butcher will release a Side Jobs 2 that will inclu ...more
Wizard Harry Dresden is hired to life a curse that stops the Chicago Cubs from winning the world series. Harry must figure out who made the curse and how it is still in effect after several decades.
I'm a huge fan of The Dresden Files, but I found this story just "OK". Thirty pages is way too short to really get into a good story. My rating: 3 Stars.
There are some true gems in this collection, and I am gratef ...more
Harry Dresden finds himself being hired to find out who put a curse on the Chicago Cubs and how to get rid of it. It turns out, curses are not always a bad thing. 5/5
How the Pooka Came to New York City by Delia Sherman
I'm honestly not sure if I was charmed more by the story or by the lovely Irish lilt of the narrator. Either way, this was a charming, fun story that takes a different look at the great wave of immigration to 19th century New York. Really liked this one. 5/5
"Curses" (The Dresden Files, 10.7)
"Duke of Riverside" (The World of Riverside, 1.6 before and after Swordspoint, #1)
"Guns for the Dead" (Graveminder, 1.6)
"Fairy Gifts" (Mercyverse, 0.7)
Jim Butcher's "Curses" is a funny tale of baseball, the Cubs, and Wrigley Field when Harry is hired to lift the curse preventing the Cubs from winning the World Series. Any World Series.
Delia Sherman's "How the Pooka Came to New York City ...more
There are some great stories here, and others that I merely skimmed. Perhaps if I articulate what I liked, I will understand my feelings about urban fantasy more.
"Picking Up the Pieces" by Pat Cadigan - about the Berlin Wall coming down. I'm still not sure I under ...more
With so many different authors wri ...more
My favorites are the following (in order of appearance):
1. Curses by ...more
First since I just finished the newest Dresden Files book, I'm starting with...
This is fairly interesting. I'm learning a little bit about baseball and the politics in the background. ooohh oooo YaY Bob the skull is in this story!
Christopher Fowler~"Oblivion by Calvin Klein"
This plot was just senseless to me. I didn't like the feel of the main character nor did I like her logic.
It was almost ...more
This is a book chock filled with the stories of today’s best and brightest speculative fiction authors. Since it would probably be unproductive for me to synopsize each story, I will say that there are several that I enjoyed very much. “Priced to Sell” by Naomi Novik a hilarious light story which deals with the harshness of selling real estate in New York to Vampires, Pookas and various other things that go bump in the night. “Noble Rot” by Holly Black was another of ...more
Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy begins strong with a Dresden Files short story, but readers should be forewarned that many of the short stories in this collection are not what most people would consider Urban Fantasy. This does not make the collection bad. There are fantasy and horror elements in many of the stories, just not the combi ...more
The book started off strong with Jim Butcher's story, which was fun and enjoyable. But then it just kind of ...more
Since it co ...more
Algunas obras son... o sea... WOW! De verdad, hay material fascinante aquí, verdadera fantasía urbana en el amplio rango de probabilidades. Y las obras de relleno son, y perdón por el leve spoiler, aquellas en las que no ocurre nada fantástico, o se alude a un elemento fantástico que no es tal, y al final de la historia no ocurre nada; mucha introducción y un final abrupto; hasta deus ...more
P.S There's a line in "Cold Days" (I think) where Butters talks about curses and mentions that this crazy In ...more
Eh, that's all you're getting at this time.
Well, except this, Lavie Tidhar should be nominated for an award next year for "The Projected Girl."
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