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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Nine: 9 (Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year) Paperback – 12 May 2015
Book 9 of 12 in the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Series
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About the Author
Jonathan Strahan is a multiple award-winning editor and anthologist. He is also the reviews editor of Locus. He lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife and their two daughters. He publishes two continuing original anthology series with Solaris, the Infinity and Fearsome books.
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Amazon.com: 18 reviews
Just a Little Above Average
3 August 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
3 people found this helpful.
This book contains some really interesting stories, but overall the quality is rather average. Some tales are beautifully written, but most are just okay. When I'm reading an anthology I'm looking for aha moments, when a really interesting idea is being developed, or an unusual voice takes over the story, or a culture I've never dreamed of is introduced. This anthology does not offer much by way of these criteria. Sometimes you finish a story and go, "Huh," but I'm 75% of the way through the collection, and none of the stories here in have made me go, "Wow!" I went after Rachel Swirsky's story because she is usually very sharp and to the point, but in this book she rambled on and delivered a strictly average story. K.J. Parker: average. Etc. I figure if there are five good stories out of thirty, you've got a good anthology. I suppose this collection delivers five stories that are above average, but you've got to hunt to find them. Mostly I turned pages and grunted once in a while at a turn of phrase or an idea that took me beyond the everyday. Your mileage may vary, of course, and hey, who knows? You might be surprised more often than I was.
12 March 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Almost all of these stories were well-written. This is always important to notice because these genres still labor under labor under the stigma of pulp prose. One or two stories didn't appear to fit either SF or Fantasy - one I recall took the reader along on a murder spree with two grubby serial killer sisters - maybe it qualified as Fantasy. For me, 75% of the tales in this anthology were quite good. I enjoy reading collections like this one every year or two because they give me little breathers from novels ("Breather" isn't right. I actually read anthologies while I'm waiting for my favorite novelists to produce.) and because they provide some out-of-the-box thinking. I only wish I had time to read this kind of collection more often. One aspect I appreciated with this format is the inclusion of author bios and published works as preambles to each story.
Jeremy Taylor (email@example.com)
15 October 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Lovely anthology! The field of sci fi is alive & well & EVOLVING!
22 August 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
As always very good stories, some are in more than one Best of, but only a couple so if you like SF short stories you should read it.
20 September 2015 - Published on Amazon.com