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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: 21st Annual Collection Paperback – Sep 30 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 2008 ed. edition (Sept. 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312380488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312380489
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #967,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There is no more essential a guide to the glorious fecundity of our imaginative literature in the last two decades." --Clive Barker
“These books define the absolute best contemporary fantasy and horror for me and for a whole generation.” --Holly Black, bestselling author of the Spiderwick Chronicles

About the Author

ELLEN DATLOW, winner of multiple World Fantasy, Stoker, and many other awards, has been fiction editor for OMNI and SCIFI.COM, and many successful anthologies. She lives in New York City. KELLY LINK & GAVIN J. GRANT are publishers of Small Beer Press. Link is the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author of the story collections  Strange Things Happen and Magic for Beginners. They live in Western Massachusetts.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa0dfe128) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa02ca498) out of 5 stars A great collection with some wonderful standouts March 13 2011
By Julie A. Smith - Published on
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This is a huge omnibus of 36 stories and 7 poems as chosen by Ellen Datlow for works premiering in 2008. With so much to choose from, there are some wonderful standouts and some that just made me go, "Huh?" (luckily, only 3 of them made me do that). I read this throughout February (a story or sometimes two each night before bed), and now I just want all of the collections I don't have yet.

Here are some of my notes:

The Forest by Laird Barron - feels like you have to be high to appreciate it

The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate by Ted Chiang - an Egyptian fable about a Gate of Years which transports you 20 years into a fixed future - I really liked this one

Rats - by Veronica Schanoes - a familiar, darkly modernized fairy tale .. with rats - I liked this one too

The Swing by Don Tumasonis - where a swing appears to swallow up young girls - I liked this one, but it was one of those reads where you really need to pay attention to catch all of the nuances

My two favorites:

The Fiddler of Bayou Teche by Delia Sherman - about a girl named Cadence with white skin, hair, and pink eyes who was found in the swamp by loup-garous (werewolves) and raised by Tante Eulalie, a woman with many gifts, including healing, in her self-imposed swamp exile. Cadence eventually finds herself in a battle with a fiddler who can "fiddle the Devil out of Hell."

Winter's Wife by Elizabeth Hand - In Shaker Harbor, ME, Roderick Gale Winter, much beloved by his neighbors, including 15-year-old Justin, takes a wife from Iceland (Vaia). In Roderick's house, huldu folk reside as carvings in the beams of the house. When the King's Pines, three majestic pines near the water, are threatened by a wealthy and selfish area developer, strange happenings abound.

I love collections like these, and as I said before, reading this one made me put the others on my to-buy list. If you like fantastically dark tales, this is probably a collection you'll want too.

BOOK RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03cf378) out of 5 stars Solid anthology, some good stories Nov. 9 2008
By Ginahmk - Published on
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This is one of several horror anthologies I have read over the years and this one fulfills its mission of providing reviews of fiction/film/media in this genre as well as including a broad array of short stories. The update was sufficient and the stories were of variable quality. There were some outstanding ones that will stay with me a long time...The Swing, England and Nowhere, Sir Hereward, Closet Dreams, but the majority would appeal to those who are really into fantasy. The bone-chilling, sweaty palms stuff is not here. Overall, a solid B read.
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HASH(0x9ff6b15c) out of 5 stars The Last of the Best Jan. 31 2010
By R. G. Heckathorn - Published on
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Some I like. Some I don't. Some I love. But all well written. Still the definitive collection of the two genres. Having them combined inside the same cover; they complimented one another.
The last year for YBF&H. A shame.
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HASH(0xa02d4b64) out of 5 stars So sad to think this is the final anthology Oct. 4 2010
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I have been enjoying this anthology for the past 16 years, and it breaks my heart a little to know that Ms. Datlow will no longer be assembling this particular collection of wonderful, creepy, and sometimes downright scary tales. I sincerely hope that this anthology will be revived in the not-too-distant future. It is a great loss for those of us who love these genres of short fiction but do not have the time to go fishing through hundreds of journals and short story collections each year to locate the gems.
HASH(0xa01c30b4) out of 5 stars I've read each Year's Best for years. Dec 2 2015
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What's to say? Those of us who love this kind of writing will NOT be disappointed. Those who are distressed with stories that aren't written about the "real world" won't like it. Those who want their fantasy reading to be rather sweet will enjoy some stories. Those who like horror will NOT be disappointed.

I had no idea I liked fantasy writing 'til I started reading this series for the horror stories.

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