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Bedlam's Edge (Bedlam Bard #8)

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Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill are the biggest names in the urban fantasy subgenre¿where elves, banshees, trolls, and even stranger creatures walk modern city streets, their presence, and even their existence unsuspected by the human inhabitants. Now these two present a volume of all new urban fantasy, with a stellar lineup of the best new fantasy writers, such as Ro ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Baen (first published 2005)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Jul 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: For fans of urban fantasy and elves (Faery)
I will go through and discuss a little about each of the stories, since I was organized this time, and jotted down notes regularly as I read this collection. One comment I have is that this anthology assumes that the reader has read a Bedlam novel before. You can read and enjoy this separately, but you might have to make some assumptions. One very important assumption is what a bard is. I came to the conclusion that a bard is a person who has magical ability tied into their musical (vocal or ins ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, fantasy, anthology
An anthology of elf stories, often in an urban legends setting.

Popcorn for the brain.

They weren’t bad; they just weren’t good.
May 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Review from library copy.

Not really worth purchasing, but good for reading from your Friendly Local Library.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, library
I didn't think I was a Mercedes Lackey fan....I may have been wrong. I also didn't think Lackey & Edghill wrote early urban fantasy. Again, I was wrong. This is a collection of short stories, most set in the Bedlam's Bard world (which I was unfamiliar with). I stumbled across the book (mislabeled, I might add) in my library and after reading the flap, grabbed it. Glad I did, and now I need to track down the rest of the Bedlam's Bard books, which we don't have.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable elevan fantasy.
Kathy Davie
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, urban
An anthology of fourteen short stories and one essay at the end revolving around the theme of urban elves and fae that are part of the ELVES ON THE ROAD UNIVERSE.

There are claims that this is part of the Bedlam's Bard series by the same authors — Lackey and Edghill. NO. They do revolve around urban elves and fae and that is the closest similarity.

The Stories
Mercedes Lackey's "Devil Went Down to Georgia" is a cute story that took place around the time of the Civil War and focuses on the Carpenter
David Caldwell
A collection of urban fantasy stories featuring Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill's Mall Elves. Elves still help nortal humans every once in a while, especially children. Other times need the help of humans.

In urban fantasy, it seems that we keep getting trends. Vampires (sparkly or not) and werewolves, human magicians, girls (young woman) slaying monsters, and Elves have all taken center stage for a period of time. Of course, zombies seem to be the current flavor. Vampires and Elves both sha
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Product Description

Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill are the biggest names in the urban fantasy subgenre?where elves, banshees, trolls, and even stranger creatures walk modern city streets, their presence, and even their existence unsuspected by the human inhabitants. Now these two present a volume of all new urban fantasy, with a stellar lineup of the best new fantasy writers, such as Roberta Gellis, Dave Freer and Eric Flint, Diana Paxton, and more?including two new stories and an afterwo

Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just loved India Edghill's Short Story "UnLeaving", I think the quote from page 37 of Dinendal talking to Helainesse about the reason why he must go off to the Mortal War, has to be one of the greatest for explaining why certain people do things that just have to be done.
"I don't see why it's different."
"Because of why and how it is being fought. The Nazis will never stop, they must fight or die. And they destroy all who are not as they would have them be. The Jews were only the first on Hit
Apr 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a series of short stores about elves and magical creations. There is one story, the Red Fiddler, which is far and away the best in the book. Not by Lackey, but a couple of gents I never heard of before, the story manages to surprise and still win the points for best. The concluding story is also very well done, but could use a little more of the "behind the scenes" talking - it would do well as a novella.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Really not what I was expecting...I was under the impression this was the last book in the "Bedlam Bard" Series...BUT nope! It's actually a collection of short stories by various authors. Good and interesting short stories..but I'm very disappointed that it wasn't a continuation of the Bedlam Bard Series!
As it so often happens with short story collections by different authors, this one was very uneven. There were stories that I would rate as 5, others as 1 - overall, a 3 seems a fair rating for the book as a whole.
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
I've been following Ms. Lackey's Elves on Motorcycles series through the good and the bad. She has several books, this being the oldest with multiple authors, that works on the concept that the Sidhe are still apart of the modern world.
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Some pretty good short stories. Some better than others, but no total duds.
Teresa Carrigan
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Short stories by different authors, set in Lackey's urban fantasy worlds. Some good, some not, none what I'd consider great.
Tess Pender
Wonderful - love all her stories, this one is lyrical!
Nov 18, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, scpl
read 08.11.05
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Well, I love Mercedes Lackey, and her anthologies are usually pretty awesome too.
Beth Revers
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fant-read
Great addition to the series.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lovely to be back in the urban elves universe!
Nancy Laney
Sep 01, 2013 added it
Shelves: fiction
Bedlam Bards, Book 8
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't like short stories as much as novels
Allison Taylor
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &am ...more
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