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  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Crossed Genres Publications (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991392108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991392100
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 697,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I received this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program.

As with most of Cross Genres collections, this was a solid set of short stories with a few stand out brilliant ones. Unlike some of their other collections, I think the determination to include as many diverse stories as possible has weakened the collection as a whole, with more than one that dragged and some repetitive themes. If a few had been held back for a second volume it might have made for a tighter anthology. It would also have allowed for space to include the usual author biographies at the end of each story, which I sorely missed in terms of contextualising some of the works. I did appreciate the addition of illustrations, though I suspect they have more impact in colour.
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I didn't know what to expect of this when I bought it, but I'm glad that I did! This book gave me that old fairy tale feeling I had growing up when my dad read me stories, except that these stories star characters in lead roles that normally don't even make it in and the narratives are different from what I'm used to as well. I love how it's got stories from non-European and non-(Western)classical perspectives. It's fresh and it's magical, and the world needs more of these.
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This is a fascinating and wide ranging collection. The stories draw on folklore and horror more than sci fi or fantasy and have settings round the globe and over several centuries. The Ottoman Empire, colonial India, post WW1 Wales are just some of the places visited. Demons, witches, shape-shifters and ogres are among the creatures met. The human characters are musicians, seamstresses, miners, ex-slaves, refugees and others on the margins of the societies they live in. Their lives are vividly imagined and well described; the stories are well constructed.
My only criticism of the collection is that many of the stories, although written by different people, have very similar voices. This is, presumably, a reflection of the editor's preferences.
I found some of the stories required work on the part of the reader to understand fully what was going on – but this is not a criticism, there's no reason short stories should be easy to read. I recommend this book to anyone who likes something different.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Really varied perspectives 9 May 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It's great to read stories about the supernatural that DON'T involve taking over the world or winning at everything (like 'heroes' always do). I always wonder how regular people react to the forces in SF/F, and these stories tell me. The voices in each story are really different, too, which I like in an anthology.

I particularly love the post-WWI story set in Wales - it's pretty early in the book and is just the sweetest thing.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Saving stories from being lost between the floorboards of history 17 May 2014
By Linda C Jaeger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Long Hidden has a lot of great stories, ranging from warm and sweet to brutal or grotesque. It's wonderful to see this many different characters and lives and that they're all treated so matter-of-factly. Why shouldn't we read lesbian love stories from the French Revolution or see the American Civil War from a family of Hungarian Jews' point of view? I hope "mainstream" speculative fiction opens up for this kind of diversity as well - I'm sure there's a market for it.

There is violence and terror in this book, but there's also love of family, of finding your own people, and a stubborn sense of self that refuses to give in and bow to other people's demands.

The nature of an anthology is such that it's hard for every story to please everyone. I could read many of the stories forever, and then there were a few that were good, but just not for me. That's the only reason I'm giving it four stars instead of five. Four and a half, really. Read it. It's great!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic anthology with a little something for everyone 19 May 2014
By Leonicka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This anthology really is greater than the sum of its parts. While each story is special in its own right, some touched me far more than others. And, because of the focus on marginalized characters in history, each reader will be drawn to something different. Here is a link to my complete thoughts: [...]
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A fantastic collection of voices normally not heared 25 May 2014
By Brigid Keely - Published on Amazon.com
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"Long Hidden" is an utterly fantastic collection of short stories featuring the voices and stories not normally heard in published fiction, the themes and motifs generally buried under the white heterosexual able bodied primarily male stories given so much more weight and power. Every single story is good, is thought provoking, is imagination firing. I found myself pausing after reading each one, taking time to let them sink into me, to mull them over. A fantastic book. I'm already looking forward to more like it.
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Loved it 15 July 2014
By shoeparamour - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was very creative. I enjoyed some stories more than others but enjoyed it immensely overall. Would definitely recommend especially to readers that have never read speculative fiction.
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