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Welcome to Bordertown (Borderland, #5)
I'm going to get this out of the way: there was a part of me that worried that this volume would be terrible or disappointing, but I feel like it's a...more
May 29, 2011
Jun 18, 2010
The Way of the Wizard
This is a pretty decent anthology; it caught my eye at the library. Almost all of the stories have been collected elsewhere previously, though. Some o...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
Steam-Powered:  Lesbian Steampunk Stories
There are some excellent stories in this anthology. My favorites were probably Beth Wodzinski's "Suffer Water" ("Not everything needs to be fixed.") a...more
Feb 10, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
Immortal Unicorn
This seemed a little long, and many of the stories were too serious and/or trying too hard to be lyrical.

To be fair, though, I didn't pick this up bec...more
Jan 14, 2010
Jan 13, 2010
The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows
This is a cool concept. I couldn't really get into about half of the stories, including some of the ones by authors whose work I'd enjoyed before. The...more
Dec 03, 2009
Dec 03, 2009
Man Vs Machine
An inordinate number of these stories start with the gratuitous exposition of the character's full name. Booooooooooooring.

Okay, so that's just my per...more
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
Home Improvement: Undead Edition
I was tempted to give this a 2 or 2.5 but the stories I liked, I really liked, and I didn't read many of them in full. I was going to go in order, but...more
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
Zombies Vs. Unicorns
This was a surprisingly entertaining anthology. Of course the concept is total fluff, but sometimes there's nothing wrong with that. Also, the visual...more
Sep 30, 2010
Sep 27, 2010
Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery
Overall this had some decent stories. I'd say the ones I enjoyed the most were the ones by Scott Lynch and Tanith Lee.

Stephen Erikson, "Goats of Glory...more
Aug 20, 2010
Aug 15, 2010
The Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy
This caught my eye mostly because of the Kage Baker and Naomi Novik short stories. Well, the Novik story was okay. The Baker story was all right for w...more
Dec 22, 2009
Dec 22, 2009
Gods and Pawns (Company)
I had actually read this once before; I can't be sure about the dates. I wanted to re-read the Porfirio story. (He appeared in Mendoza in Hollywood an...more
Jul 05, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
Carnacki the Ghost Finder
I thought there was a reference to this in Libriomancer, but apparently not. (Unless Amazon's Search Inside results are lying to me.) I guess I just f...more
Sep 11, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
I snagged this at the library because another review led me to think that the Bujold story in this collection was new. However, it isn't; it's the cod...more
Sep 17, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
Shadows Over Baker Street
This is so very fanfic-ish, in concept at least. (And sometimes in execution. Please note that that's not meant as an insult. While some fanfic is bad...more
Aug 25, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love (Kushiel's Legacy #1.5; Phèdre's Trilogy, #1.5; The Dresden Files, #11.5; Outlander, #8.5)
I'm going to be lazy and copy a comment I made to Hirondelle earlier, because it says most of what I have to say about this book.

There were some I lik...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010
A Gift of Dragons: Illustrated Stories
Nothing out of the ordinary here. I was looking for something else and snagged this too; it happened to be nearby.

I was reminded that some of the sexu...more
not set
Feb 01, 2010
The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction  from the Continent
Only a few of these stories were really brilliant (par for the course for most anthologies, really), but it's interesting to see what's happening in E...more
Aug 09, 2010
Aug 07, 2010
Rock on: The Greatest Hits of Science Fiction & Fantasy
I read the stories by Michael Swanwick, Charles de Lint, and Elizabeth Bear. Oh, and the introduction, which was a little skimpy. Left out Rush and mo...more
Nov 20, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
The Compass Rose: Short Stories
I read two of the stories here — "Two Delays on the Northern Line" and "The Diary of the Rose", as the setting is the same as that of Orsinian Tales a...more
Jun 12, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
2033: Future of Misbehavior
Yes, the future is worth reading about, but ... most of these futures are pretty boring. Come on, people ... taking a swipe at Spears, Hilton, Ritchie...more
Oct 17, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
Salon Fantastique: Fifteen Original Tales of Fantasy
I forget why I checked this out from the library originally. To re-read the Delia Sherman story, maybe? Well, anyway, sadly I am coming to the conclus...more
Jan 15, 2010
Jan 15, 2010
Sideways In Crime
I only picked this up for the Kage Baker story. So strictly speaking, you can't really say I read the whole thing. I gotta say, the Kage Baker story w...more
Nov 20, 2009
Nov 21, 2009
The New Weird
I've never cared much for the horror genre*, and perhaps that's why I started reading each of the first four stories in this book and gave up and skip...more
Sep 11, 2010
Sep 11, 2010
The Urban Fantasy Anthology
A solid anthology. Not all the stories were previously unpublished. The introductions to the urban fantasy and paranormal romance sections were intere...more
Jul 2012
May 21, 2012
Lord of the Fantastic:: Stories in Honor of Roger Zelazny
I forget why I got this from the library originally ... looking for more stories by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel after reading something of hers in anoth...more
not set
Nov 29, 2011
Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy
3.5, I think. I think I only passed on four stories, and a couple of those were because I wasn't in the mood for the style of the piece or author at t...more
May 18, 2013
Jan 15, 2012
The Best of Kage Baker
If you are an avid Kage Baker follower, you have probably read most of these stories. The only ones which had not previously appeared in an anthology...more
May 25, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories
I got this from the library for the Califa story by Ysabeau S. Wilce, even though I knew going in from her Twitter that this one involved characters w...more
Nov 06, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
Teeth: Vampire Tales
My main thought is that every vampire story that came after Twilight will in some way be in response to it. Whether you're trying to do better, making...more
Apr 28, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories
This was an impulse read; I was browsing in the library and it looked interesting.

Short summary: brilliant with words, brilliant with imagery and atmo...more
Nov 13, 2007
Nov 10, 2007
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