The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: 21st Annual Collection Paperback – Sep 30 2008
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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
The last year for YBF&H. A shame.
I had no idea I liked fantasy writing 'til I started reading this series for the horror stories.
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