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Year's Best Fantasy #08: Year's Best Fantasy 8
Synopses & Reviews
Continuing to showcase the most compelling new fiction of the genre, the anticipated eighth installment to this annual compendium presents an impressive lineup of bestselling authors and rising stars of fantasy. Collecting the essential fantasy stories of 2007, this engaging volume will excite fans and serve as a reference guide for those looking to sample the top writers in the genre. This year's contributors include international bestseller Neil Gaiman, influential heroic fantasy writer Michael Moorcock, historical fantasy novelist Kage Baker, classic genre wordsmiths Garth Nix and Tad Williams, and many others.
"Renowned editors Hartwell and Cramer return with an enjoyable anthology that nonetheless never quite convinces you these are really the best stories of 2007. The standout selections, such as Darryl Gregory's 'Unpossible,' a lost boy's poignant return to a fantasy world, and Laird Barron's 'The Forest,' an exquisitely sinister exploration of a Lovecraftian landscape, are far better than those by bigger names, such as Michael Moorcock's bitter, solipsistic 'A Portrait in Ivory' or Elizabeth Hand's paint-by-numbers sword and sorcery story 'Winter's Wife.' The predictability of Theodora Goss's can-do princess in 'Princess Lucinda and the Hound of the Moon' and Tad Williams's morally ambiguous good guy in 'The Stranger's Hands' are balanced by the originality of the sprightly metalibrary in Holly Black's 'Paper Cuts Scissors' and Fred Chappell's Vance-like fantasia 'Dance of Shadows.' Most readers will enjoy the variety, though aficionados of the genre might be nonplussed at some choices. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The legendary editing team of David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer return with the much-anticipated eighth installment of their popular anthology series showcasing the best-selling authors and rising stars of fantasy fiction. This engaging volume collects the essential fantasy stories of 2007. Representing the breadth of talent in the fantasy genre and collecting each years most outstanding stories, the Years Best Fantasy series continues to be the definitive treasury of fantasy fiction.
About the Author
David G. Hartwell is a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books and the publisher of The New York Review of Science Fiction. He is the author of Age of Wonders and has edited 45 anthologies, including The Space Opera Rennaissance, Year's Best Fantasy 7, and Year's Best SF 11. Kathryn Cramer is an author, a literary critic, and an editor of The New York Review of Science Fiction. She is an award-winning anthologist and has worked on more than 20 collections, including the Year's Best Fantasy series and the Year's Best SF series. They both live in Pleasantville, New York.
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