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3,0 von 5 SternenReadable, but with repeats
10. Mai 2017 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I find it hard to judge this collection on its own merits since it has several stories that already appeared in the other "Best of..." collections published recently, which I therefore had to skip (making me feel that I wasted my money). While a number of the stories are of passable quality, this year doesn't appear to have been the best for either SciFi or Fantasy short stories. Nothing stood out as particularly memorable, and there is a lot of (post-)apocalyptic fiction, which is a sub-genre I personally find rather boring.
4,0 von 5 SternenDiverse & enjoyable anthology of SF & Fantasy stories by 28 master writers.
7. September 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
In the introduction, Jonathan Strahan provides an overview of SF & Fantasy in 2016. The stories in this anthology are reprints of short stories originally published in 2016: Given the diversity of the 28 writers, there is a wide range of stories across the spectrum of SF & Fantasy. Strahan provides a short summary of each writer's major works and awards received. Stories that I found particularly striking: Alyssa Wong: "You'll Surely Drown Here if You Stay" Naomi Novik: "Spinning Silver" Carolyn Ives Gilman: "Touring with the Alien" Genevieve Valentine: "Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home" Yoon Ha Lee: "Foxfire, Foxfire" Paul McAuley: "Elves of Antarctica" Aliette de Bodard: "A Salvaging of Ghosts" Joe Abercrombie: "Two's Company" N. K. Jemisin: "Red Dirt Witch" Rich Larson: "You Make Pattaya" Seth Dickinson: "Laws of Night and Silk"
5,0 von 5 SternenSuperb storytellers and skilled writers!
28. Januar 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Inspiring, really. After spending recent weeks plodding through anthologies which were compiled by editors who didn’t edit, and perhaps didn’t proofread, I was elated with this collection. Stories were detailed, believable, logically plotted, and humane, but were also written by writers with a mastery of syntax, grammar, punctuation, and diction. And no story appeared to be a patent (blatant) promo for a novel sold by the author as a three-book series. Thank you, editors and authors, for reviving my enjoyment of a genre that has been my favorite for over half a century.
I like reading anthologies, and the price for this one was really good. Strahan puts together a diverse short story collection from the science fiction and fantasy genre. There are 28 short stories and three of them I had read before from another anthology and those three were excellent. There were two short stories I did not finish because they were not very good and couldn’t keep my interest. The rest were either excellent or okay. This is why I would it is mostly good stories. I have read through other anthologies in which every piece of writing is excellent, but not this one. I did like the diversity and reading some short stories I would not normally because I am unfamiliar with author or just not into that genre such as steam punk. I would recommend this book, but you might skip a few of the stories.
It is a distinct pleasure to read Strahan's choices in best stories. Some I recognized as award nominated, but all were good. They remind me why I read in this genre. Some are just fun, but others make you think. I did so love Paul McAuley's story on emerging Antarctica that I bought the book.