"Songs of Love and Death" is I think the third or fourth all-original anthology co-edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois in recent years, and their experience and powers of discrimination are at their peaks by now. This book is subtitled "All Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love," and features well-known authors from the worlds of sf, fantasy, horror, romance and mystery - and mash-ups of the same. We have stories ranging from Jo Beverley's "The Marrying Maid," in which a man with ties to the realm of Fairy must convince a young woman that she really is meant for him as Titania had marked her to be his bride, to "The Thing About Cassandra" by Neil Gaiman, in which a man finds that the young woman he'd made up back in his teenage years is now alive and somehow involved in his life, to Lisa Tuttle's "His Wolf," a twist on the werewolf theme that I'd not read before. As always there are some stories here that work better for me than others; for example, I couldn't get into Cecelia Holland's "Demon Lover" at all and didn't finish it; but with authors such as Tanith Lee ("Under/Above the Water"), Peter S. Beagle ("Kaskia"), Diana Gabaldon ("A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows") and Linnea Sinclair ("Courting Trouble"), there's plenty of variety and quality writing for everyone to enjoy. The trend toward mixing genres has been going on in fiction writing for some time now, and it seems to me to just be getting better and better, particularly at short-story or novella length. If you find cross-genre writing as intriguing and original as I do, then definitely pick this one up - highly recommended!