The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 13

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 13✾ [EPUB] ✶ The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 13 By Arthur W. Saha ❦ – Heartforum.co.uk Contents Introduction Arthur W Saha Beauty Is the Beast Tanith Lee Something in the Blood Richard L Purtill Pi ce de R sistance Judith Tarr Long, Long Ago R Chetwynd Hayes The Old Man and the Cherry T Contents Introduction Arthur W Saha Beauty Is Best Fantasy Epub Û the Beast Tanith Lee Something in the Blood Richard L Purtill Pi ce de R The Year's PDF or sistance Judith Tarr Long, Long Ago R Chetwynd Hayes The Old Man and the Cherry Tree Kevin J Anderson Phone Repairs Nancy Kress Year's Best Fantasy PDF Æ The Tale and Its Master Michael Rutherford Sanctuary Kim Antieau The Uncorking of Uncle Finn Jane Yolen A Place to Stay for a Little While Jim Aikin The Boy Who Plaited Manes Nancy Springer.

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  • The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 13
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  • 16 April 2019
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10 thoughts on “The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 13

  1. Michael Drakich says:

    After reading this collection I am left one of three possible conclusions Either A there weren t any top fantasy shorts in 1986 unlikely , B the editor has terrible taste when selecting what was to be in the collection possible or the publisher didn t want to pay any royalties to the authors to attract quality shorts also possible Considering neither the Hugo or Nebula winner for that year made the list and only one nominee for those awards is here THE BOY WHO PLAITED MANES It is high After reading this collection I am left one of three possible conclusions Either A there weren t any top fantasy shorts in 1986 unlikely , B the editor has terrible taste when selecting what was to be in the collection possible or the publisher didn t want to pay any royalties to the authors to attract quality shorts also possible Considering neither the Hugo or Nebula winner for that year made the list and only one nominee for those awards is here THE BOY WHO PLAITED MANES It is highly doubtful this collection represents the year s best fantasy stories Below is a quick review of each story with an average rating by me of 2.4 Simply abysmal Rounding to the nearest digit, that gives this book a rating of 2, but because there isn t, in my mind, a single 5 star, and way too many at 2 stars or less I am hard pressed to even give this book a 2 star rating Let s say it s given with some reservations.An important thing to note is the work of the editor It is to be STRICTLY AVOIDED The editor has taken to writing an intro to every story with a paragraph in italics at the start of each Whatever you do do not read this intro The penchant of the editor to give far too many details and spoil the story is rampant More than once it ruined the read as I could foretell the ending because of the intro BEAUTY IS THE BEAST by Tanith Lee Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this story takes that trope to the extreme A beautiful woman sets out to destroy an ultimate evil Filled with cliche sword and sorcery fantasy this starter of the collection was a meh 3 starsSOMETHING IN THE BLOOD by Richard L Purtill A straight up vampire tale For me, vampire stuff is either urban fantasy or supernatural and doesn t fit the mold of main stream fantasy Just saying How does love bridge a vampire a a woman Infection, of course Not exactly an auspicious start to this collection Less than meh 2 starsPIECE DE RESISTANCE by Judith Tarr A somewhat supernatural another offshoot of fantasy that doesn t meet my personal criteria piece where a demon, in the guise of a chef, looks to aid a man overthrow his brother as king An awful lot of story spent describing food and not developing the story 2 starsLONG, LONG AGO by R Chetwynd Hayes, A ghost story, pure and simple With each short I read in this collection it strays farther and farther from main stream fantasy A man wakes to find himself on an endless road where he meets a woman Starts interesting then fades into tedium 2 starsTHE OLD MAN AND THE CHERRY TREE by Kevin J Anderson In a short story, there is no time to introduce subplots and this one fails as the subplot of the main character s family history is a waste A man tends a cherry tree his whole life and when the tree dies he takes drastic magical action 2 starsPHONE REPAIRS by Nancy Kress, The deeper I go into this collection, the further it gets from what I consider fantasy here s a story where a man talks on the phone to a family from the near future Twilight Zone, maybe, fantasy, I don t think so 1 starTHE TALE AND ITS MASTER BY Michael Rutherford At 48 pages, the longest in the book An interesting spin on storytellers At first I was a meh 3 stars, but realized what spoiled it for me was the editor s opening note which essentially gave the story away 4 starsSANCTUARY by Kim Antieau The Twilight Zone strikes again How do these stories rate as fantasy A woman cannot leave her house for reasons unknown 2 starsTHE UNCORKING OF UNCLE FINN by Jane Yolen Folklore masquerading as fantasy The only variation is Uncle Finn is labelled an elf when in all reality he s a leprechaun High score on the boring meter 1 starA PLACE TO STAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE by Jim Aikin A house where misfits with strange and unique skills are drawn to reside Conflict arises with the newest tenant I found it entertaining and unique, but the ending had an unfinished business feel to it 4 starsTHE BOY WHO PLAITED MANES by Nancy Springer A boy with a magical talent enters an estate and plaits horse hair, then the duchesses hair and things lead one to another Although unique, not a lot of excitement A meh 3 stars

  2. K. Axel says:

    This is a review in progress, and I will add short reviews of all the shortstories within, just as soon as I have read them I am also eager to find out if the image on the cover is just that a random image, or if it belongs to one of the stories within.Beauty Is the Beast by Tanith Lee 17 pages A war has ravaged the south and people are fleeing the City of a Thousand Domes Some of these outcasts come to the small city of Northfree where they tell stories of demons ruling the city with a fi This is a review in progress, and I will add short reviews of all the shortstories within, just as soon as I have read them I am also eager to find out if the image on the cover is just that a random image, or if it belongs to one of the stories within.Beauty Is the Beast by Tanith Lee 17 pages A war has ravaged the south and people are fleeing the City of a Thousand Domes Some of these outcasts come to the small city of Northfree where they tell stories of demons ruling the city with a fierce grip A woman takes on the task of see one of these demons for herself, and possible kill him Classic Tanith Lee It paints an epic tale with few words, taking us right into the heart of the story within few pages Sadly, the ending was already revealed in the small bit that introduced the story, which almost ruined the story for me Almost 4 stars Something In the Blood by Richard L Purtill 16 pages A man meets a woman at a bar on the island of Santorini The start talking, about different things, but when the subject turns to wine, the man invites the girl to go home with him, and check out his winery They both seem to be hiding something I might as well spoil that this is a vampire story, and if you have the book, its not really a spoiler as it is revealed in the introduction of the story I would call this a solid read for anyone not interested in vampires, mostly because it takes a whole different approach to the subject, and is about so muchthan just vampires 3 stars Piece de Resistance by Judith Tarr 23 pages This is the story of how an old Master Cook was challenged to a duel It involves the King of Jerusalem, a Mouse, a Scheme and of course the Piece de Resistance This story was not written in the mosr clear language, and I would have enjoyed gettinginvolved in the actual duel of the master cooks Overall, an ok read, but not one I would go back to any time soon 2 stars Long, Long Ago by R Chetwynd Hayes 26 pages A man is walking the Great Road He has died is dead The Great Road doesn t offer much, except walking and the occasional companion One day he meets another person who remembers her name, Movita They start to investigate the surroundings of the Great Road and find that there areto death than just walking This story had a good start and I had great expectations Unfortunately, the story went in the complete opposite direction than what I was hoping, and ended up being quitemediocre and boring 2 stars The Old Man and the Cherry Tree by Kevin J Anderson 8 pages This is a story set in the orient, a story about a child is imprisoned in a monestary, to avoid a fate muchcruel At the monestary he becomes a gardener and start to tend the cherry tree, the most wonderful cherry tree in the entire world, until one day the tree dies I am not a big fan of tales from the orient, but I must admit that there was something to this story that kept me reading And if nothing else, the ending was a very positive surprise 2.5 stars Phone Repairs by Nancy Kress 15 pages One day the phone rings at the Potter Residence, but it is just someone who dialed wrong or is it Whatever it is, that is also the very day when the Life of Dave Potter start to take a serious detour A weird story, and not necessarily in a good way It has a nice idea, but was very messy and I am not even sure the summary above is a good one 1 star The Tale and Its Master by Michael Rutherford 48 pages A young bard, Remus, is about to go into the world looking for that perfect story that no one else has heard before He doesn t have to go far, before he meets someone who has a story to tell though, a story about dragons and a Dragon Lord called Kazan Alright, that all sounds lovely, doesn t it Well, this must be one of the most horrible stories I ve read in a good while The characters are so two dimensional and the authors throws names and events around so casual that you would think he was a 6th grade student setting out on his first writing endeavor As I write this, I am not even done reading the bloody story, but I can tell you, I won t be able to remember much of it Oh, and I think I located the story that the cover tries to depict Such a shame, the cover is so awesome 0 stars Sanctuary by Kim Antieau 13 pages A woman lives within a house She never goes out Never Some people say that she fears open spaces They even give it a name Agoraphobia But maybe the truth isn t as simple as all that After the worst story in the anthology comes the best This is a powerful story that took my breath away In fact, I am still trying to recover from the ending Not surprising, just powerful 5 stars The Uncorking of Uncle Finn by Jane Yolen 8 pages A war between an abbot and an elf takes a turn for the worse and nearly becomes fatal for one of them A sweet little story that isn t going to harm anyone Definitely worth 20 minutes of your time 3 stars A Place to Stay For a Little While by Jim Aiken 35 pages This is the story of a small house with a bunch of very unlikely creatures They each have their quirks, to say the least, but one day a new person shows up on the porch, a man named Steven Raleigh He is different too, but for a while he actually helps out using his quirks for the good of the house Awesome story with a lot of heart, but also with a foreboding darkness This actually reminded me of the wonderful prose of James P Blaylock, and could easily have been made into a novel Highly Recommended 5 stars The Boy Who Plaited Manes by Nancy Springer 16 pages A boy arrive at the manor of Lord Robley, a boy with a very special gift He might be a mute, but he has been taught who braid the maines of horses better than anyone, and does so as if it was the only thing in the world that mattered A small story that started out badly, but ended in a blast I almost felt as if this could have been written by Robin Hobb and part of the Elderlings world, but then the ending took me by complete surprise A very nice read, definitely recommendable 3.5 stars Last ThoughtsA good mix of stories that takes you from worlds of fantasy, to our world and a world of weird creatures with superpowers There are a few that I would definitely avoid if I were to read the anthology again, but that might just be my taste you might love them higher than anything else in this book That is the power of a good anthology, there is something for everyone.But, the three stories that makes this book worth buying A Place to Stay For a Little While sadly it seems like Jim Aikin hasn t written that many books, or I would have have known what to read for the rest of the year , The Sanctuary you see it coming, but it still hits you harder than anything in this book and of course Beauty Is the Beast Tanith Lee do I need to say anything else

  3. Connie says:

    This was an easy read I have read some of these stories before in other publications, and they were some of the best published in 1986 I especially liked The Boy Who Plaited Manes and A Place to Stay for a Little White.

  4. Ken says:

    A very good short story collection Highlights were the vampire of Santorini, the depiction of the afterlife as walking a never ending road, the bakeoff against the devil, the lady who couldn t leave her house, and the home for people with superpowers.

  5. Abby says:

    The stories within were very hit and miss I m not really a huge short story fan, but there have definitely been some I ve liked Here, however, most seemed pointless and left me with a big Overall, I found the stories pretty lacking, though it kept me vaguely entertained enough to finish.

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