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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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.
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