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Oscar Wilde said: "I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability." Thankfully, the authors featured in Wilde Stories 2014 possess the ability to create men on the page that love and risk and suffer and mourn, deeds that deserve telling despite the frailties of fictional flesh. Once more editor Steve Berman has collected a variety of stories that range ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published August 2nd 2014 by Lethe Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Benjamin Mumford-Zisk
This is a very good collection, overall. Like most books of stories, some were stronger than the others, but that's to be expected.

Sam J. Miller's 57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides was an incredible read, heartbreaking in the end and terrifying in its execution, written in an odd form I hadn't seen before.

John Chu's The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere was a powerful meditation on family, and love with a single surreal element that kept things anchored in the collection's sci-fi/spe
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Eli Easton
Jun 01, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm looking forward to reading this. I have a story that appears in it -- "Caress" -- which was originally published in "Steamed Up".
Hilcia
Grade: 4.5/5.0 Originally reviewed at Impressions of a Reader

The Wilde Stories anthology series edited by Steve Berman features gay themed speculative fiction short stories published during the previous year. This year all the short works included in Steve Berman's 2014 Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction are written by new contributors. The collection begins with an introduction by Berman, an interesting one at that, however today I am concentrating on a long review that inc
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Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent anthology series. The stories are thought-provoking, imaginative, and affecting. These days it feels as though gay culture has been largely assimilated into the mainstream (at least, it feels this way up here in progressive-ish northern New England), and for those of who remember how liberating and exhilarating it felt to finally discover that there were others like us and a whole culture of novels, movies, and songs about our experience, this series feels like a homecoming. ...more
Simon Stanford
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable collection of very disparate gay themed stories with some fantastical or speculative element ( though no real full on sci-fi). A couple I didn't really get but several stood out. John Chu's "The water that falls on you from nowhere" won the Hugo and rightly so. Search out an Escape Pod episode if you want to hear, for free, the author read the story. "Seven Lovers of the Sea" was a nice take on the literary connection or prequel. "Superbass" was superbly odd. "Midnight at the feet o ...more
Michael Regier
Good for an anthology. Excellent stories include Caress, 57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides, The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere, In the Brokenness of Summertime, and The Revenge of Oscar Wilde.
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