The stories in this anthology cover a lot of ground. They broach a lot of subjects in both sci-fi and fantasy and present works from many sub-genres. Accordingly, whatever your taste is in speculative fiction, you should find something here to please you. The styles vary a great deal as well, and whether you want something soothing, something jarring, something gritty and ugly or something uplifting to the soul, again you should find something here for you.
I had a few problems with this work, all relatively small but enough to cost it a star. First, I read other "Best of" anthologies, and some of the stories in this one, I've run across before. I don't like buying the same stories over and over again; this is a waste of my money and reading time. Second, one of the drawbacks in an anthology is the very variety I was extolling above. You need an author introduction to each piece, and a story introduction, so you can tell what the story is about and its style, so you can find one you want to read that day. Other anthologies do this, and you can accordingly go through and read the intros to each piece to get a feel for what is where. With this collection there are no intros (there are author bios in the back, not with their stories, which I found annoying), and I found the best approach was simply to flip to page one and start reading straight through. The pleasure in this approach is never knowing what you'll get and enjoying each piece as it comes. The annoyance is having to read each story to know what it's about, so you can't pick pieces to suit your mood for that day. You just have to take your chances. Since it's not much work to provide a couple of sentences summarizing each piece, I would rather the editor do that and let me choose what to read when I want to read it. Finally, the quality of the pieces in this collection vary a good bit. Some, like "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen's Window," are very crisp and sharp and strong, and some, like "Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance," blather on for 60 pages and make no sense whatsoever.
Overall, though, this is a rich collection that will take you to many worlds and give you a nice overview of current trends in fantasy and science fiction. Annoyances aside, this work should give you many hours of enjoyment and possibly introduce you to some new authors whose longer works you can then go out and find, for your reading enjoyment. Have fun!