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The New Weird by Ann VanderMeer
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A very enjoyable anthology. Most of the stories are good, with only 1 or 2 that didn't do anything for me. Stories by China Mieville, Jeffrey Ford, Alistair Rennie, and K.J. Bishop were the stand outs. I also enjoyed the final work - a tag team effort by 7 different authors. The collection does a good job of exploring the literary territory covered by the New Weird movement - a movement that derives its heritage from the likes of Lovecraft, Clarke Ashton Smith, Mervyn Peake, and Clive Barker and which is characterized by a breaking down of the walls between the Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror genres. The non-fiction section has some interesting literary analysis of the movement and whether or not it actually exists.
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