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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Thirteenth Annual Collection Paperback – Aug 19 2000

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (Aug. 19 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031226416X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312264161
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,310,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

You can't improve on the "best," but as the editors of this landmark anthology series show in its most recent volume, you can find fresh new angles from which to present it. For the first time ever, they have selected an essay, Douglas Winter's "The Pathos of Genre," and this incisive critique of the limits of genre branding subtly calls attention to how Datlow and Windling's fiction and poetry selections usually resist simple categorizing. Many of their best picks from 1999 willfully bend, blend and move beyond expected genre materials: Tim Lebbon's "White," a horror and SF cross-stitch, uses B-movie imagery to explore the behavior of people confronted with ecological apocalypse. Kim Newman, in "You Don't Have to Be Mad," grounds a caustic horror satire of modern business mores in set pieces appropriated from television espionage programs of the 1960s. Michael Marshall Smith, in "Welcome," and Charles de Lint, in "Pixel Pixies," conjure alternate fantasy worlds with the most unlikely of talismansDa computer. Neil Gaiman, one of six authors represented by more than one contribution, places both a horror and a fantasy tale: "Keepsakes and Treasures: A Love Story," a nasty bit on the death of romance, and "Harlequin Valentine," a darkly funny fantasy. There are more than a few modern fairy tale variants, but even these show a refreshing range of styles and approaches, notably Patricia McKillip's "Toad," a delightful deflation of the frog prince's tale. The usual generous survey essays by Datlow, Windling, Ed Bryant and Seth Johnson only enhance the volume's reputation as indispensable reading for the year. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Myths and legends, fairytales and folklore, nightmares and dreams imbue the mundane with touches of magic while illustrating essential aspects of human nature. This annual anthology, the 13th in the series, explores those enchanting influences and gracefully demonstrates how the terms fantasy and horror encompass a range of creative writing from the "high" literary to the underrated comic. (Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics are more thought-provoking than most best sellers.) As usual, the editors begin with summaries of the past year in fantasy and horror in publishing, movies, and other media. Stressing the understanding of "interstitial" literatureDworks that cannot be pigeonholed to a single genre and that consists of much of imaginative writingDthe editors then present a variety of short stories and poems portraying wonders that are funny, subtle, lyric, and dreadful. Many are written by such accomplished and well-known authors as Ursula K. Le Guin, Gaiman, Charles de Lint, and Steve Resnic Tem. This volume of all-around high-quality storytelling is highly recommended to imaginations of all shapes and sizes.DAnn Kim, "Library Journal"
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I really can't be bothered doing my usual story-by-story review, since most of the stories stunk. I'm not a big Fantasy fan, so my distaste for the Fantasy side of the book shouldn't be a big surprise. I'll just reiterate my usual complaint about Fantasy Editor Terri Windling's half (More like 2/3rd's..) of the book: Waaaaayyy too much Fantasy, to the point where the Horror stories get short shrift. Ellen Datlow's Horror selections also leave a lot to be desired, as the truly distinctive voices of modern Horror fiction, like Bentley Little, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Richard Laymon, et al, continue to not be represented, while told-by-rote Victorian-era wannabes dominate the book.

(My original review was much longer, and I did single out particular stories/Authors for praise, and recommended some of the individual anthologies, but the review-censorship gang at Amazon saw fit to chop off four whole paragraphs of my review! Thanks, @ssholes!)
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A good collection, as always, of fantasy, horror, and "interstitial" works -- though the 1999 offerings seemed to me a little threadbare. The standouts this year: Steve Rasnic Tem's "Heat" and Elizabeth Birmingham's "Falling Away". Excellent stories, both. Low points: "Welcome", by Michael Marshall Smith -- well meaning, but awkwardly written; "The Pathos of the Genre", by Douglas E Winter -- a rather condescending essay about the state of horror writing and publishing, aimed at writers; and, "The Beast" and "The Hedge" by Bill Lewis [poetry is always Datlow and Windling's weakest point.. though this is probably a reflection of the state of poetry in general]. Terri Windling's Recommended Top 20 books in fantasy is an indespensable guide, as always.
Complete listing of included authors and works: "Darkrose and Diamond" - Ursula K LeGuin; "The Chop Girl" - Ian R MacLeod; "The Girl Detective" - Kelly Link; "The Transformation" - N Scott Momaday; "Carabosse" - Delia Sherman; "Harlequin Valentine" - Neil Gaiman; "Toad" - Patricia A McKillip; "Washed in the River" - Beckian Fritz Goldberg; "The Dinner Party" - Robert Girardi; "Heat" - Steve Rasnic Tem; "The Wedding at Esperanza" - Linnet Taylor; "Redescending" - Ursula K LeGuin; "You Don't Have to Be Mad...
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I bought this volume because I love fantasy, horror and short stories. I had read the previous volume and enjoyed it very much, and I couldn't wait to get started on another. Among other things, I love to read fantasy anthologies because each new story presents a new moral, and a new universe where anything can happen. Still, there was something about the first one that had bothered me a little, and in this latest one it has escalated to all-out irritating. It's simply this: the book does not represent, as far as I can tell or believe, a true, broad sampling of the year's best short fantasy and horror. The vast majority of the stories are linked thematically. Right now I'm a little more than halfway through the book, and it's gotten to the point where I had to comment on it... just when I start to believe it's a coincidence, along comes another story in the same vein. I'm considering abandoning the book entirely, which is unheard-of for me. A large number of the stories, as I said, reflect a specific and common theme, that of feminism. Now, before anyone thinks for even an instant that that's what I have a problem with: no, that's not it. Obviously I have no problem with this in itself... I'll explain the problem in a moment, just trust me. Anyway, the stories for the most part revolve around strong female characters coming into their own and rejecting a patriarchal world and so on and so on. This is perfectly fine... the stories are all very good! The problem is, this is not what I bought the book to read. There is of course nothing wrong with the theme, it's a very interesting one and like any theme can belong to stories both good and bad. Most of these are frankly excellent. The book, though, is called "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.Read more ›
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What a beautiful, fabulous anthology. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have turned out another of their elegant and amazing collections.
This anthology starts off fast with another of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea stories, but it's the second one, Ian MacLeod's 'The Chop Girl' that starts the anthology off with a bang. MacLeod's story is creepy, eerie, spooky, and thoroughly delightful. The anthology never loses steam. Nearly every story is wonderful.
Excellent stories by Charles de Lint, Gemma Files, Jeffrey Ford (be sure to check out his books here on Amazon. They're fabulous!), Tim Lebbon, Steven Millhauser, Paul McAuley, Michael Marshall Smith, Kim Newman, and on and on.
What makes this anthology so special is the breadth of sources that Datlow and Windling draw from. They have a few stories from the usual suspects, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, Asimov's and so on, but the amount of stories, really good stories, that they grab from tiny obscure publications that probably less than 3,000 people read is astounding. In my mind this makes this series of anthologies infinitely more valuable than their SF counterparts.
I highly recommend this volume.
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