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Over 250,000 words of the finest fantasy and horror A. S. Byatt Charles de Lint Karen Joy Fowler Neil Gaiman Lisa Goldstein Stephen King Ellen Kushner Patricia A. McKillip Steven Millhauser Michael Marshall Smith Peter Straub Jane Yolen For more than a decade, readers have looked to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to showcase the highest achievements of fantastic fiction. Ellen Datl Over 250,000 words of the finest fantasy and horror A. S. Byatt Charles de Lint Karen Joy Fowler Neil Gaiman Lisa Goldstein Stephen King Ellen Kushner Patricia A. McKillip Steven Millhauser Michael Marshall Smith Peter Straub Jane Yolen For more than a decade, readers have looked to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to showcase the highest achievements of fantastic fiction. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling 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 dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this volume a valubale reference source as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror


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Over 250,000 words of the finest fantasy and horror A. S. Byatt Charles de Lint Karen Joy Fowler Neil Gaiman Lisa Goldstein Stephen King Ellen Kushner Patricia A. McKillip Steven Millhauser Michael Marshall Smith Peter Straub Jane Yolen For more than a decade, readers have looked to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to showcase the highest achievements of fantastic fiction. Ellen Datl Over 250,000 words of the finest fantasy and horror A. S. Byatt Charles de Lint Karen Joy Fowler Neil Gaiman Lisa Goldstein Stephen King Ellen Kushner Patricia A. McKillip Steven Millhauser Michael Marshall Smith Peter Straub Jane Yolen For more than a decade, readers have looked to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to showcase the highest achievements of fantastic fiction. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling 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 dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this volume a valubale reference source as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror

30 review for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twelfth Annual Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karla Carlson

    Just meh. I've had this book for many years. I started to read it 20 years ago, and found the stories disappointing then. I always thought it was because I not all that fond of short stories, but now when I picked it up again, I found that the stories are just not that good. I stayed away from the horror, because that's not my thing, but the fantasy was overall fairly anticlimactic. Except for Travels With the Snow Queen, which is loosely based on the Snow Queen, which is the basis for the movie Just meh. I've had this book for many years. I started to read it 20 years ago, and found the stories disappointing then. I always thought it was because I not all that fond of short stories, but now when I picked it up again, I found that the stories are just not that good. I stayed away from the horror, because that's not my thing, but the fantasy was overall fairly anticlimactic. Except for Travels With the Snow Queen, which is loosely based on the Snow Queen, which is the basis for the movie Frozen. That one I'll remember.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Scott

    this anthology is worth reading just for the two stories i felt were most stellar and spellbinding: “become a warrior” by jane yolen and “blackbirds” by norman partridge. cannot recommend those two stories enough. masterful and menacing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    The rockabilly werewolf from Mars

    One of the best entries in the series, because of the unusually high number of Jamesian ghost stories (Running Dogs, Due West, Jackdaw Jack, and arguably Suburban Blight, which blends science fiction with strong Jamesian elements). It also has stories by several other great writers, including Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Neil Gaiman. Notes on the stories to come.

  4. 4 out of 5

    DDog

    Some really neat stories in this one, and some that were not my style. My favorites: "Mrs Mabb," Susanna Clarke "Due West," Rick Kennett "Taking Loup," Bruce Glassco "The Rainmaker," Mary Rosenblum "A Place to Stay," Michael Marshall Smith "Inside the Cackle Factory," Dennis Etchison "The House of the Black Cat," Yumiko Kurahashi; trans. by Atsuko Sakaki "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar," Neil Gaiman "Psyché," Mark W. Tiedemann "Become a Warrior," Jane Yolen "The Faerie Cony-catcher," Delia Sherman "Hershel," Judy B Some really neat stories in this one, and some that were not my style. My favorites: "Mrs Mabb," Susanna Clarke "Due West," Rick Kennett "Taking Loup," Bruce Glassco "The Rainmaker," Mary Rosenblum "A Place to Stay," Michael Marshall Smith "Inside the Cackle Factory," Dennis Etchison "The House of the Black Cat," Yumiko Kurahashi; trans. by Atsuko Sakaki "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar," Neil Gaiman "Psyché," Mark W. Tiedemann "Become a Warrior," Jane Yolen "The Faerie Cony-catcher," Delia Sherman "Hershel," Judy Budnitz "By the Time We Get to Uranus," Ray Vukcevich "Twa Corbies," Charles de Lint "Jenny Come to Play," Terry Dowling "Cold," A.S. Byatt

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    There were some really, really good stories in here. And lots of solid but not amazing stories. And a few that I skipped without finishing reading (all of those were horror, so quite possibly a genre bias on my part). I liked being able to pick up the book when I only had a few minutes here or there and read a complete story. Maybe I should add more short story collections to my reading list. [From Kelly Link's "Travels with the Snow Queen" (here because it didn't fit in the Reading Progress quote There were some really, really good stories in here. And lots of solid but not amazing stories. And a few that I skipped without finishing reading (all of those were horror, so quite possibly a genre bias on my part). I liked being able to pick up the book when I only had a few minutes here or there and read a complete story. Maybe I should add more short story collections to my reading list. [From Kelly Link's "Travels with the Snow Queen" (here because it didn't fit in the Reading Progress quote box):(view spoiler)[ "Give me a kiss," Bae says. The wind whips his words back to you. You can almost see the shape of them hanging in the heavy air. "I'm not really a reindeer," he says. "I'm an enchanted prince." You politely decline, pointing out that you haven't known him that long, and besides, for traveling purposes, a reindeer is better than a prince. (hide spoiler)] ]

  6. 4 out of 5

    John

    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 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 the same thing. I rated this whole anthology based on the variety of the stories within, how many people seem to report finding the same ratio of gems & well received stories. I am happy to own this whole anthology and keep them in excellent shape, no matter how many times I have read them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debra Firestone

    DNF. Normally I love these type of anthologies, but for some reason, I did not enjoy a single story in this one. I finished about 60% of the book and after not enjoying any of them more than an "eh" I decided to stop. I have to much I want to read and not enough time to continue with it. Merged review: DNF. Normally I love these type of anthologies, but for some reason, I did not enjoy a single story in this one. I finished about 60% of the book and after not enjoying any of them more than an "eh" DNF. Normally I love these type of anthologies, but for some reason, I did not enjoy a single story in this one. I finished about 60% of the book and after not enjoying any of them more than an "eh" I decided to stop. I have to much I want to read and not enough time to continue with it. Merged review: DNF. Normally I love these type of anthologies, but for some reason, I did not enjoy a single story in this one. I finished about 60% of the book and after not enjoying any of them more than an "eh" I decided to stop. I have to much I want to read and not enough time to continue with it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Hurley

    Some really fantastic stories in here. Along with a few that are... not so. The Terry Dowling story felt really out of place. Some of the horror stories just didn't work. Kelly Links' stuff was fantastic. Some really fantastic stories in here. Along with a few that are... not so. The Terry Dowling story felt really out of place. Some of the horror stories just didn't work. Kelly Links' stuff was fantastic.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Madly Jane

    One of the best anthologies I've ever read. REVIEW and details later One of the best anthologies I've ever read. REVIEW and details later

  10. 5 out of 5

    bluetyson

    The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twelfth Annual Collection (Year's Best Fantasy and Horror) by Ellen Datlow (1999) The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twelfth Annual Collection (Year's Best Fantasy and Horror) by Ellen Datlow (1999)

  11. 4 out of 5

    mia

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Fure

  13. 4 out of 5

    Codi

  14. 4 out of 5

    Meerkatmarcato

  15. 4 out of 5

    Simeon Berry

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  17. 4 out of 5

    Justin

  18. 4 out of 5

    Antony

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rook McNamara

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeni Higgins

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amoebic

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  25. 5 out of 5

    Todd Maines

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rienk

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephani

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brian

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