Title: The Urban Fantasy Anthology
Author: Various Authors
Publisher: Tachyon Publications, 432 Pages (August 15th 2011)
From: the Publisher, Thank You!
Synopsis: Star-studded and comprehensive, this imaginative anthology brings a myriad of modern fantasy voices under one roof. Previously difficult for readers to discover in its new modes, urban fantasy is represented here in all three of its distinct styles—playful new mythologies, sexy paranormal romances, and gritty urban noir. Whether they feature tattooed demon-hunters, angst-ridden vampires, supernatural gumshoes, or pixelated pixies, these authors—including Patricia Briggs, Neil Gaiman, and Charles de Lint—mash-up traditional fare with pop culture, creating iconic characters, conflicted moralities, and complex settings. The result is starkly original fiction that has broad-based appeal and is immensely entertaining.
Review: 4 Stars - Urban Fantasy Anthology By: Various authors is thrilling, fun and highly entertaining read from many of our favorite authors. Reading a quick story is sometimes the best medicine when looking for a dose of your favorite author.
With stories ranging from Zombies to witches and everything in between it was easy to find many stories within this Anthology that I wish I could have read more of. See, that’s the thing with an Anthology, getting a taste and making you eager for more.
Some of my favorites include, but are not limited to – (in order on how they appeared in the book) The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories By: Neil Gaiman, A Haunted House of Her Own By: Kelley Armstrong, She’s My Witch By: Norman Partidge, Kitty’s Zombie New Year By: Carrie Vaughn, Seeing Eye By: Patricia Briggs, Farewell, My Zombie By: Francesca Lia Block, and the Coldest Girl in Coldtown By Holly Black.
I think that the story that stands out for me the most of the ones mentioned would have to be the Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I really enjoyed that story from beginning to end. It could have been a full length book and the ending was shocking but perfect.
All in all, I might not be mentioning all the stories in this book, but the ones I am talking about in this review were my favorites. Anyone who likes a good Anthology filled with incredible authors should defiantly pick this one up. There’s a story in there that’ll stick with you, just as Coldest Girl in Coldtown has stuck with me.
FTC Disclaimer: I did NOT pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this HONEST review.