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Teeth by Ellen Datlow
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Feb 23, 12

Read from February 20 to 23, 2012

A surprisingly diverse anthology that mixes a contemporary entertainment topic such as vampires with influences from a broad cultural spectrum. Compared to other YA anthologies like Enthralled, Teeth has a surprising amount of literary writing going on within it - and the host of critically acclaimed science-fiction and fantasy writers within the collection plays no small role in that type of writing being present. Young-adult heavyweights like Melissa Marr prove themselves on equal footing with these authors, though, and in some cases seem vibrantly ahead in how they tell a short story. Some of the stories felt like they missed out on something - stories that felt more like the beginning to something that just faded away, something that isn't in itself a complete entity, which a short story really should be able to be read as - and others just felt off. However, those stories are minor, and the amount of depth and variety within the collection is enough to recommend any YA or fantasy fan towards this collection.
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