With 20 authors contributing to this anthology, I have decided not to break it down by each story. My review would then be endless and y'all would jus...moreWith 20 authors contributing to this anthology, I have decided not to break it down by each story. My review would then be endless and y'all would just get bored reading it. Instead, I'll tell you that this is an outstanding collection of short stories that showcases some of the many faces of urban fantasy. From Horror to Faeries, a Wizard Detective, and the Troll of Seattle, you will find something you like in this collection.
My favorites are the following (in order of appearance):
1. Curses by Jim Butcher 2. On the Slide by Richard Bowes 3. Fairy Gifts by Patricia Briggs 4. Picking up the Pieces by Pat Cadigan 5. Underbridge by Peter S. Beagle 6. The Bricks of Gelecek by Matthew Kressel 7. The Way Station by Nathan Ballingrud 8. Guns for the Dead by Melissa Marr 9. King Pole, Gallows Pole, Bottle Tree by Elizabeth Bear
The other eleven stories are good, but to me, these just stood out as great examples of what a short story should be (a glimpse in a character's life, one theme explored; in short the modern fairy tale). With so many to choose from, I am sure there will be those who disagree with me on which stories are their favorites. But that is the beauty of this collection, it’s all good and there is something for everyone. (less)
I bought this book when it was first released. I admit it was because of the art work. Then I read it, the sarcasm in this book still cracks me up. I...moreI bought this book when it was first released. I admit it was because of the art work. Then I read it, the sarcasm in this book still cracks me up. I found I really liked not only Rabbit but the cast of characters he was surrounded by. I still recommend this book to people who like books like Blue Moon Rising by Simon Green. This is the first book of an ongoing series. There are three books in the series now, with at least one more.(less)
I first read Ms. Bujold's Vorkosigan series when I was in high school in the 1990's. I have reread tho...more(first posted on Amazon.com on October 16, 2010)
I first read Ms. Bujold's Vorkosigan series when I was in high school in the 1990's. I have reread those books and was eagerly awaiting this next saga. I was not disappointed. This is a book about death, how we deal with it and growing old.
Once again we are again pulled along Miles' wake as he first tries to figure out what is so fishy about the cryonics deal Kommar has with New Hope II otherwise known as Kibou-daini. Kibou is a planet obsessed with death and with trying to beat it and old age. Miles, in the course of resolving his assignment from Gregor and helping 11 year old Jin (two birds one stone kind of thing) must think of his own views on death and aging. In the end these things are easily skimmed over the first time you read this novel. Easily skimmed that is, until the end when Bujold hit you with a train you didn't even see coming. Now those issues Miles and the reader skimmed over are even more profound and I felt a compulsive need to reread the book.
I know this sound like a cryptic review, but you can read a plot summary above before you purchase and any spoilers will truly spoil the book. I can tell you we see a different side Miles who can seem cold even unattached in this book due to the perspective of new characters, who truly have no clue who Miles is. Readers are reassured that the Miles we have come to know is still the same (older & wiser) when the story switches to his perspective. We also see how Miles has grown into his job as Imperial Auditor and Bujold's prose is as witty as ever. I can only give you my best recommendation for a story; it was engrossing, it made me laugh, think and cry. All the things a great story is supposed to do. (less)