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It has fantasy for every taste, from urban fantasy to other worlds, if you've got a taste for the stuff, this book will satiate it. I will, of course, include a list of the stories at the end of the review so you can check them out and see if there are any authors that you particularly like. I love the short fiction format, especially when it's done well. There are some standout entries in this year's edition, capped off with a short little piece by Michael Swanwick called "Five British Dinosaurs.

It's about the discovery of dinosaur bones in Great Britain in the 19th century, along with the discovery that there are some living specimens hanging around in the British aristocracy. This story is hilarious and I found myself laughing throughout it's brief span. The thought of a walking dinosaur speaking in proper British English, disputing the reconstruction of the bones of his ancestors, is priceless. Swanwick gives the dinosaurs a lot of personality, along with a lot of arrogance.

But mammals knew their place then. The turtle is suitably haughty, given his long life span and his infinite patience given the fact that it takes him a long time to get anywhere. It's an interesting take on the whole Messiah story, but if you can get past the irreligious tone of the story, it is very heartwarming.

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Hartwell warns in his prologue to it "Do note the word 'fable' in the title. The turtle is characterized wonderfully, and Jesus is too if you can get past the fact that he does drink when he's younger getting a little drunk with the turtle and he has a wife and son.

It's a story about the power of myth and how humans can attach meaning to anything if it will help them get through life and possibly throw off the yoke of oppression. There are some very touching moments and conversations between the two of them, especially when the turtle comforts Jesus in his cell right before he's crucified.

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This is probably the best story in the book, and I am definitely going to track down some more by this guy. Other particularly good stories are Kage Baker's "Her Father's Eyes" a tale of a young girl and the boy she meets and befriends on a plane , Neil Gaiman's "October in the Chair" a typical Gaiman tale about stories and the people who tell them, this time a group of god-like beings , and "A Prayer for Captain LaHire" by Patrice E. Sarath a story of three knights who followed Joan of Arc until she burned, and the horror that they discover a fourth disciple has unleashed. Finally, there is P.

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Cacek's "A Book, by its Cover. It's has a wonderful message about books and the effects that they can have on a person. If there are any weaknesses in the book, they are purely my personal feeling. I'm not a big fan of Tanith Lee, though I know that she is very popular. Thus, her story "Persian Eyes" didn't do a whole lot for me. In it, a Roman noble family is destroyed by the work of a slave girl and her magic eyes.

It was more interesting to me than her entry in last year's book, but not by much. Also, "The Pagodas of Ciboure" just dragged on a little too long for my tastes. In it, a sick boy is healed by some French fairy creatures called "pagodas," though he has to save them from an onslaught of slugs first.

It's cute, and it's well-told, but it's just too long. That being said, I did enjoy even those stories. This is just a top-notch collection of short fantasy. Hartwell has done it again, pulling together a varied group of stories that can't help but satisfy. If you're a fantasy fan and like the short fiction genre, this is definitely the book for you. Hartwell has another winner, and I can't wait for next year's edition. Usually I buy an anthology just for one or two stories by my favourite authors.

Neil Gaiman's story is good, of course, and is a tribute to Ray Bradbury, about a gathering of the seasons. Michael Swanwick has two stories in this Year's Best, and both turn out to be really short; 'Five British Dinosaurs' and 'Cecil Rhodes in Hell' are both funny, but in different ways. What city dweller knew slugs could be so fearsome? I was a little disappointed in the Ellen Klages story, since I was hoping for a lot from it, but Naomi Kritzer's 'Comrade Grandmother' made up for it.

And of course there's an Ursula K Le Guin story too. All in all, a great anthology. See all 6 reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

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It's a story about the power of myth and how humans can attach meaning to anything if it will help them get through life and possibly throw off the yoke of oppression. There are some very touching moments and conversations between the two of them, especially when the turtle comforts Jesus in his cell right before he's crucified. This is probably the best story in the book, and I am definitely going to track down some more by this guy. Other particularly good stories are Kage Baker's "Her Father's Eyes" a tale of a young girl and the boy she meets and befriends on a plane , Neil Gaiman's "October in the Chair" a typical Gaiman tale about stories and the people who tell them, this time a group of god-like beings , and "A Prayer for Captain LaHire" by Patrice E.

Sarath a story of three knights who followed Joan of Arc until she burned, and the horror that they discover a fourth disciple has unleashed. Finally, there is P. Cacek's "A Book, by its Cover. It's has a wonderful message about books and the effects that they can have on a person.

If there are any weaknesses in the book, they are purely my personal feeling.

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I'm not a big fan of Tanith Lee, though I know that she is very popular. Thus, her story "Persian Eyes" didn't do a whole lot for me. In it, a Roman noble family is destroyed by the work of a slave girl and her magic eyes. It was more interesting to me than her entry in last year's book, but not by much. Also, "The Pagodas of Ciboure" just dragged on a little too long for my tastes. In it, a sick boy is healed by some French fairy creatures called "pagodas," though he has to save them from an onslaught of slugs first. It's cute, and it's well-told, but it's just too long. That being said, I did enjoy even those stories.

This is just a top-notch collection of short fantasy. Hartwell has done it again, pulling together a varied group of stories that can't help but satisfy. If you're a fantasy fan and like the short fiction genre, this is definitely the book for you. Hartwell has another winner, and I can't wait for next year's edition. Usually I buy an anthology just for one or two stories by my favourite authors. Neil Gaiman's story is good, of course, and is a tribute to Ray Bradbury, about a gathering of the seasons.

Michael Swanwick has two stories in this Year's Best, and both turn out to be really short; 'Five British Dinosaurs' and 'Cecil Rhodes in Hell' are both funny, but in different ways. What city dweller knew slugs could be so fearsome? I was a little disappointed in the Ellen Klages story, since I was hoping for a lot from it, but Naomi Kritzer's 'Comrade Grandmother' made up for it.

And of course there's an Ursula K Le Guin story too. All in all, a great anthology. See all 6 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Year's Best Fantasy 3: Vol 3 Year's Best Fantasy Series. Set up a giveaway. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

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