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Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year's Gay Speculative Fiction (Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction (Cloth)) Hardcover – 13 Jun 2008

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lethe Press, US (13 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590210778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590210772
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,520,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this for the Hal Duncan story, and wasn't disappointed (fans of the author's Vellum and Ink books will be pleased to know his short story in this anthology stars a piratical incarnation of the character Jack Flash). Described as speculative fiction the stories in this book lean more toward the strange and the fantastical than the sci-fi. I enjoyed most of them and some of the weird moods and imagery has really stayed with me. Good value for the kindle, I'll be checking out the other annual Wilde Stories anthologies.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d5c5948) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x8d5a1b04) out of 5 stars A mixed bag of unique stories with gay / strange themes 7 Jan. 2009
By Bob Lind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reviewing an anthology of short stories by different authors reminds me of Forest Gump's box of chocolates: You may find some you really like, perhaps some you find awful to your taste, others that are OK but you can do without. Such is my reaction to this collection.

I thought it started off with great promise, with James Currier's "The Woman in the Window," dealing with a haunted snow globe and its effects on the family of the person who acquired it. Very "Twilight Zone-ish," in a good way! I also like Joshua Lewis' sweet "So Much More Than Twenty," about a single gay dad who tells his teenage daughter stories about his encounter with a fairy in the forest. Lee Thomas spins a very creative "An Apiary of White Bees," which had me alert for buzzing sounds for a week afterward. And I would have liked to have read a longer version of Victor Banis' "The Emerald Mountain," which I felt could have easily been developed into an engrossing full-length novel. With one other exception, the rest of the stories were rather dull, in my opinion, though they could be viewed as a distraction, whether or not worth the time. The only one I could not get, despite two attempted readings, was "The Island of the Pirate Gods" by Hal Duncan, which was simply too disjointed and confusing (narration jumps between characters, dialogue isn't identified as to who is speaking, etc.) to follow; your mileage may vary.

Editor Steve Berman starts the book off with a preface tying the genre of "speculative fiction" to Oscar Wilde (and I don't really agree with, although his work did definitely "push the envelope" at the time), and a perhaps-valid theory that gay men may self-identify with the "strange and weird" (as perceived by others) characters in the stories. Certainly interesting as a change of pace, if nothing else. I give the anthology a collective three stars out of five.
HASH(0x8e04242c) out of 5 stars Awesome doesn't even come close 23 May 2014
By evette - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a Damn shame that many people will never read this book. All of the stories were great and a few were worthy (in my humble opinion) of being in a years best collection. I have read literally hundreds (yes I'm telling the truth) of anthologies and this has been one of the best. If you love short fiction this is definitely one you should read. I know I will be getting the rest of this series and any more that may come along. Please just believe me, these stories are great. They made me laugh, shiver in horror, and even brought a tear to my eye. I could say more but I think I'll let the stories speak for themselves.
HASH(0x8f4ef360) out of 5 stars Not so great, just to wild. 4 Mar. 2015
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
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Way to wild for me. Some of the stories were just way out there. Not as fun to read as I had wished.
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