- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: St Martin's Press; 13th edition (22 Dec 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031226416X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312264161
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 4.2 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,062,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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