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For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field—nearly four do ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Bogdan
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: anthology, horror, fantasy
Such a disappointing read this has been!

I loved only one story, Swanwick`s from The Iron Dragon Universe.

But the rest...I don`t know. Maybe I wasn`t in the mood...

This is truly my last experience with this kind of "Best of" volumes...

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Michelle Wardhaugh
Sep 26, 2009 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle by: mich@skynetbb.com
With the change in fantasy editors, I noticed a shift of tone for the fantasy selections. More of them felt like traditional fantasy with spells, well-known fey creatures, and such. There were still plenty of dark fantasies, but the collection as a whole felt more balanced between the two genres rather than just a horror collection with a lot of fantasy elements. My impressions are not completely valid regarding the whole series because I've only read five of them. I missed a few of my favorites ...more
Mia
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2008, sf-f
An amazing collection of stories, many captivating (either with wonder or horror), with a wide range of styles, both traditional and more experimental. One of my personal favorites was "The Kite of Stars" by Dean Alfar. ...more
Jennifer
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I confess that I didn’t read the whole book. I only read Megan Whalen Turners short story-The Baby in the Night Depository. I loved it so much that I shared it with many of my friends
Colin
Jan 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
This edition of the series was, for me, a bit stornger than some of their other volumes. The editors did insist on including a story that, though excellent, did not fit in either category but for the most part, they stayed on topic.
Stories included in tis volume which I particularly enjoyed are:

"Old Virginia" by Laird Barron, originally published in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

"A Study in Emerald" by Neil Gaiman, originally published in the anthology Shadows Over Baker Street

"Ash
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John
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sorry for virtually the same review on whole anthology set

I own a trade sized paper back.

I started this anthology with the 5th Annual and I loved it so much I started collecting the whole set by signing up for pre-orders with the book store.

What sets this anthology apart from many others is that I always find two or three gems within its pages, many liked stories and very few I have to force myself through. More importantly, from those people I have noted who read these anthologies too, they say
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Ellen Datlow has been an award-winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years.

She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Ter
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