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Tales As Deep As Legend And As New As DawnAcclaimed editor David G. Hartwell has gathered a harvest of shimmering beauty and powerful writing in this inaugural volume of the very best fantasy from the last year. Established masters rub elbows with rising stars in this outstanding collection of short stories rich with imagined lands and finely etched, unforgettable charact Tales As Deep As Legend And As New As DawnAcclaimed editor David G. Hartwell has gathered a harvest of shimmering beauty and powerful writing in this inaugural volume of the very best fantasy from the last year. Established masters rub elbows with rising stars in this outstanding collection of short stories rich with imagined lands and finely etched, unforgettable characters. Travel to distant realms -- and around the block -- with stories by: Terry Goodkin Nicola Griffith Nalo Hopkinson George R.R. Martin Robert Sheckley Michael Swanwick


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Tales As Deep As Legend And As New As DawnAcclaimed editor David G. Hartwell has gathered a harvest of shimmering beauty and powerful writing in this inaugural volume of the very best fantasy from the last year. Established masters rub elbows with rising stars in this outstanding collection of short stories rich with imagined lands and finely etched, unforgettable charact Tales As Deep As Legend And As New As DawnAcclaimed editor David G. Hartwell has gathered a harvest of shimmering beauty and powerful writing in this inaugural volume of the very best fantasy from the last year. Established masters rub elbows with rising stars in this outstanding collection of short stories rich with imagined lands and finely etched, unforgettable characters. Travel to distant realms -- and around the block -- with stories by: Terry Goodkin Nicola Griffith Nalo Hopkinson George R.R. Martin Robert Sheckley Michael Swanwick

30 review for Year's Best Fantasy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Panegyres

    Interesting anthology of varied stories: a few I disliked, many were middling-to-good, and some I loved. Personal highlights - all excellent stories: Nalo Hopkinson's 'Greedy Choke Puppy'. I'm yet to read a Hopkinson story I haven't liked. This one is fused with Jamaican folklore and a few twists. Naomi Kritzer's 'The Golem' is a fresh take on a golem story. Don't know why the room had to be 'immaculate' at the end, but it's a fine holocaust story. Michael Swanwick's 'The Raggle Taggle Gyspy-O', Interesting anthology of varied stories: a few I disliked, many were middling-to-good, and some I loved. Personal highlights - all excellent stories: Nalo Hopkinson's 'Greedy Choke Puppy'. I'm yet to read a Hopkinson story I haven't liked. This one is fused with Jamaican folklore and a few twists. Naomi Kritzer's 'The Golem' is a fresh take on a golem story. Don't know why the room had to be 'immaculate' at the end, but it's a fine holocaust story. Michael Swanwick's 'The Raggle Taggle Gyspy-O', I've read before and commented on previously. Worth tracking down. George R.R Martin's novella The Path of the Dragon is another fine addition to his world of Ice and Fire. Plus there's a juicy moment between Jorah and Dany... Brian Stableford's 'Chanterelle' is a superb take on fairytales. Absolutely loved it. Well crafted and structured. I find that many recent stories in the fairytale 'rewrite' genre are overly tight (a few border on pulpy too) and as a result of this the characterisation is thin, and often stereotypical, but this story takes the time to allow for some flesh, allowing for a strong sense of characterisation and relationships. And finally, Charles De Lint's 'Making a Noise in the World' (Stableford and De Lint's stories shone through the most for me) is an American Indigenous story with plenty of heart. Another one I can't highly enough recommend. Although I personally didn't have an issue with it, I'd love the thoughts of an Indigenous writer I admire, like Sherman Alexie, on whether it crosses the line regarding cultural appropriation. Either way, I felt it a powerful , meaningful, and touching story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Grant

    Hmm. Clearly, fantasy literature and I have diverged a bit. It was my hope in reading this volume to discover some new authors that I could enjoy. While I recognize the literary merit of all of the stories in this edited collection, I can't say any really resonated with me. Modern fantasy seems to have moved more and more in the direction of what I would consider horror fiction. Perhaps I should be broader-minded, but I'll stick with enchanted quests and barbarian swordspersons. Hmm. Clearly, fantasy literature and I have diverged a bit. It was my hope in reading this volume to discover some new authors that I could enjoy. While I recognize the literary merit of all of the stories in this edited collection, I can't say any really resonated with me. Modern fantasy seems to have moved more and more in the direction of what I would consider horror fiction. Perhaps I should be broader-minded, but I'll stick with enchanted quests and barbarian swordspersons.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Max

    I read one of the later volumes in this series a long time ago (unfortunately, one of the ones that's not on Kindle) and I loved it enough that I picked up a bunch of them when they were on sale. Then, when I finally read Swords and Dark Magic and needed something else to scratch the fantasy short story itch, I figured it would be a good time to finally read this. And overall it was pretty good. Yes, there were some stories that kinda sucked, but I've forgotten them pretty quickly, as the bad on I read one of the later volumes in this series a long time ago (unfortunately, one of the ones that's not on Kindle) and I loved it enough that I picked up a bunch of them when they were on sale. Then, when I finally read Swords and Dark Magic and needed something else to scratch the fantasy short story itch, I figured it would be a good time to finally read this. And overall it was pretty good. Yes, there were some stories that kinda sucked, but I've forgotten them pretty quickly, as the bad ones were generally short and not so terrible as to make me regret the time I'd wasted reading them. Plus, I wisely decided that after my awful experience with Wizard's First Rule it would be best to skip out on the Terry Goodkind novella that wraps up the collection. But the stuff that was good was really, really good. I found myself surprisingly enjoying the George RR Martin story, an unused piece of the third Game of Thrones book which I think found its way into the TV show. It probably helps that the story is about Daenrys politicking with and then slaughtering a group of slavers, thus avoiding much of the sexual violence and other grossness that has made me completely uninterested in the books or show. There was a brilliant story about the parents of children who go to a Narnia style other world and how the parents deal with having to worry whether their kids will make it back. It's probably the best possible exploration of portal fantasy through a more adult lens. There's a great story about a woman who realizes she's the reincarnation of Morgan LeFay in the latest cycle of Arthur's story with a brilliant ending that makes me wish there was an entire series of novels detailing what happens next. And there's a brilliant story about a Golem in Prague during the Holocaust which could also easily spawn a much longer tale, though what's here is almost perfect. There are also various fun stories riffing on Chinese legends and European fairytales, and a neat little story about a dragon faced with advancements in human technology. The best of the fairy tale ones was definitely And Still She Sleeps, which involves magical archaeologists finding the real Sleeping Beauty. I also enjoyed The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-o, about a trickster archetype traveling through time and space (it reminded me of American Gods, especially the part when Wednesday and Shadow go "backstage"), and there was a good Charles deLint story about a Native American graffiti artist. This was a really fun collection of stories and I look forward to seeing what the rest of the series has to offer. I feel confident that there's a lot of good fantasy in my future with this series, both in the classic dragons and wizards mould and in a variety of other settings and storylines. While the collection obviously is no longer as current as it was when published, I still think it's worth seeking it out for the gems it holds, some of which I believe have not reappeared elsewhere.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    My rating is as follows: 1=Enraging, 2=Disappointing, 3=Average, 4= Good, 5=Favorite. Contents: * Renee BENNETT - The Fey - 3 * Scott BRADFIELD - The Devil Disinvests - 3 * Simon BROWN & Alison TOKLEY - A Serpent in Eden - 4 * Storm CONSTANTINE - The Face of Sekt - 4 * Greg COSTIKYAN - And Still She Sleeps - 3 * Charles DE LINT - Making a Noise in This World [Newford] - 4 * Terry GOODKIND - Debt of Bones [Sword of Truth] - 5 * Nicola GRIFFITH - A Troll Story - Lessons in What Matters, No. 1 - 3 * Nalo HO My rating is as follows: 1=Enraging, 2=Disappointing, 3=Average, 4= Good, 5=Favorite. Contents: * Renee BENNETT - The Fey - 3 * Scott BRADFIELD - The Devil Disinvests - 3 * Simon BROWN & Alison TOKLEY - A Serpent in Eden - 4 * Storm CONSTANTINE - The Face of Sekt - 4 * Greg COSTIKYAN - And Still She Sleeps - 3 * Charles DE LINT - Making a Noise in This World [Newford] - 4 * Terry GOODKIND - Debt of Bones [Sword of Truth] - 5 * Nicola GRIFFITH - A Troll Story - Lessons in What Matters, No. 1 - 3 * Nalo HOPKINSON - Greedy Choke Fuppy - 2 * Naomi KRITZER - The Golem - 4 * Joel LANE - The Hunger of the Leaves [Zothique] - 3 * George R.R. MARTIN - Path of the Dragon [A Song of Ice and Fire] - 4 * Kain MASSIN - Wrong Dreaming - 3 * Richard PARKS - Golden Bell, Seven, and the Marquis of Zeng - 4 * Robert SHECKLEY - Magic, Maples, and Maryanne - 4 * Sarah SINGLETON - Ebb Tide - 4 * Sherwood SMITH - Mom and Dad at the Home Front - 4 * Brian STABLEFORD - Chanterelle - 2 * John SULLIVAN - Everything Changes - 3 * Michael SWANWICK - The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O - 2 * Don WEBB - The Prophecies at Newfane Asylum - 3 * Gene WOLFE - The Walking Sticks - 2 * Zoran ZIVKOVIC - The Window 4

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cinnamingirl

    I used to own this book and I remember really enjoying it. Tbh I bought it because of the Sword of Truth short story, but there were lots of stories I enjoyed here. (not the game of thrones one lol).

  6. 4 out of 5

    krin

    I enjoyed this collection of short stories. Some of my favorite stories were George R.R. Martin's "Path of the Dragon" which gave some insight into Daenarys Targaryen and Sherwood Smith's "Mom and Dad on the Home Front," which illustrated what parents go through when the children have otherworldly adventures. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. Some of my favorite stories were George R.R. Martin's "Path of the Dragon" which gave some insight into Daenarys Targaryen and Sherwood Smith's "Mom and Dad on the Home Front," which illustrated what parents go through when the children have otherworldly adventures.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Allan

    3.8

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    A mixed bag of stories, including a long excerpt from GRRM's A Storm of Swords and Terry Goodkind's Debt of Bones. A mixed bag of stories, including a long excerpt from GRRM's A Storm of Swords and Terry Goodkind's Debt of Bones.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sherwood Smith

    My story "Mom and Dad at the Home Front" is in it. My story "Mom and Dad at the Home Front" is in it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    NightOwl

    A very strong, original compilation.

  11. 5 out of 5

    bluetyson

    Year's Best Fantasy by David G. Hartwell (2001) Year's Best Fantasy by David G. Hartwell (2001)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    I have been reading this one for 14 years. A story here, a story there. And now I was all, blerghhhhh. What have I read, what have I not? It's all so dull I have been reading this one for 14 years. A story here, a story there. And now I was all, blerghhhhh. What have I read, what have I not? It's all so dull

  13. 5 out of 5

    Antaeus Antaeus

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Miller

  17. 5 out of 5

    James Casey

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mitrian

  20. 4 out of 5

    Craig

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

  22. 5 out of 5

    Liz Davidson

  23. 5 out of 5

    D'Jasper Probincrux III

  24. 5 out of 5

    David

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

  26. 5 out of 5

    patricia merrill

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tribefan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chad

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