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Dark City Lights: New York Short Stories (Have a NYC, #4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Famed detective and mystery writer Lawrence Block (A Walk Among the Tombstones, 8 Million Ways to Die) takes the helm as guest editor for DARK CITY LIGHTS, the fourth edition of the Have a NYC series. Twenty-three thrilling, hilarious and poignant short stories—all based in New York City—written by new and acclaimed fiction masters, including Robert Silverberg (Hugo and Ne ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Three Rooms Press
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Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

Dark City Lights is a book of short stories with NYC as the common theme. Some are from the past as well as one from the future. There are 23 stories contained in the book, the longest at 38 pages, the shortest comes in at 4 pages.

Many of the stories happen to be my first exposures to their author's writing. It was a perfect book to carry around for a few days, casually reading while waiting for appoi
Jessica Bronder
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dark City Lights is a compilation of 23 short stories based on New York City with lots of diversity between the authors. The stories range from every day events that you might find in New York to the strange and bizarre like alien invasions and goddesses. There is a little bit of everything that will appeal to everyone.

I like reading anthologies because you get introduced to many different authors and you get a variety of styles. I also like the short stories to pass time between appointments an
Pamela Scott
Dark City Lights is a really enjoyable collection of short stories. I liked the fact they are all set in New York City. The setting is where the similarity ends and the unique aspect of this collection is the diversity of the stories. The subject matters are far ranging including the apocalypse, crime stories and love stories. I enjoyed the element of surprise and how I never knew where the next story was going to take me. I like it when an author takes me somewhere unexpected. This happened aga ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Come And Spend Some Time in the Dark Underbelly of New York City...

What I like most about this anthology is getting to read the work of 23 writers, the majority of whose work I have never read before, all in one place. In "Dark City Lights" the editor, Lawrence Block, has chosen a wide array of stories and styles with the unifying thread of the location, New York City. But the location in no way limits the scope of these stories. I found them fascinating, scary, thrilling and, with the best of t
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The book is a compilation of 23 stories all of which take place in New York. All the stories reminded me of the old Twilight Zone program. The stories all had an eerie vibe to them and left you with a "hmmmm" attitude when they were finished. I prefer a book length story but occasionally like and enjoy short stories such as these.I recommend this book if you are in the mood for a group of interesting and somewhat unusual s ...more
Russell Goulet
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lawrence Block has brought together quite a collection of short stories in this work. Many of the stories had me wishing the short story had been longer. Block features a variety of styles in the book and there should be something that appeals to practically everyone in the collection. I received this copy through the Goodreads Firstread program and it was good to read and see New York City in many different lights.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
So yea, I hated some of those stories and loved others. Just a mix of eclectic backgrounds and characters. The shortest story on there by Warren Moore was the one that has still stuck with me. Besides Block's story which is bound to be a good setup Moore's was my favorite. Just a good opening to other authors to check out.
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great collection of short stories. Only a few are hard to understand, most are really meaningful and fun to ponder over. I really am glad to have won this book here on Goodreads. Ill be keeping this to read stories again.
Reynolds Darke
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
A good collection of NYC based short stories.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
A collection of short stories set in New York city. Of rather uneven quality, some exceptional and some forgettable. The problem is that, as a whole, rather than noir they just seem to be dreary.
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Lawrence Block has been writing crime, mystery, and suspense fiction for more than half a century. He has published in excess (oh, wretched excess!) of 100 books, and no end of short stories.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., LB attended Antioch College, but left before completing his studies; school authorities advised him that they felt he’d be happier elsewhere, and he thought this was remarkably perceptiv
“While he sweated out a story she bled put a poem.” 1 likes
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