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.)
"This volume is essential reading for any fantasy aficionado." Publishers Weekly
"Constitute[s] a who's-who-and-cool in contemporary fantasy." Booklist
"A truly diverse and exciting anthology. Hartwell's selection emphasizes, more than any recent anthology that I've come across, the rich imaginative potential of fantasy fiction." January Magazine
"[The] Year's Best Fantasy series is rapidly becoming a welcome shelfmate to the current grandfather of 'year's best' series, the Windling/Datlow Year's Best Fantasy and Horror." Green Man Review
"Await[s] hammock loungers and beach-goers." The Columbus Dispatch
"[The] Year's Best Fantasy series is rapidly becoming a welcome shelfmate to the current grandfather of 'year's best' series, the Windling/Datlow Year's Best Fantasy and Horror."
&mdashGreen Man Review"
...terrific material from the likes of Fred Chappell, Holly Black, Don Webb, Garth Nix, and a host of other notables.”
Fantasy and Science Fiction
A truly diverse and exciting anthology. Hartwells selection emphasizes, more than any recent anthology that Ive come across, the rich imaginative potential of fantasy fiction.”
Overall there is no weak story in this collection and many outstanding ones....”
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
. A recipient of the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Eaton awards, he is the author of Age of Wonders
, editor of The World Treasury of Science Fiction
, editor of the Years Best Fantasy series, and co-editor of two anthologies of the best Canadian science ficti0on, Northern Stars and Northern Suns
Kathryn Cramer is an author, editor, artist, and photographer who lives in Westport, New York. She is the World Fantasy Awardwinning editor of The Architecture of Fear and the co-editor of the anthologies The Ascent of Wonder, The Hard SF Renaissance, and the Years Best Science Fiction series.