ecbatan (ecbatan) wrote,

Summary: Fantasy Anthologies, 2010

Anthologies of mostly Fantasy stories, 2010

These books are themed anthologies on Fantasy subjects. In the way of things, a couple of SF stories snuck in (it is possible to give SFnal rationales for werewolves!), but I've still lumped the books together as "primarily fantasy". They are:

Running with the Pack, edited by Ekaterina Sedia (werewolves);
Wings of Fire, edited by Jonathan Strahan (dragons);
The Way of the Wizard, edited by John Joseph Adams (wizards); and
Full Moon City, edited by Darrell Schweitzer and Martin H. Greenberg (werewolves).

Again I'm treating only the new stories. Wings of Fire is almost all reprint, with only two (but two very good!) new stories, and both Running with the Pack and The Way of the Wizard include a lot of nreprints. The four books between them contained 49 new stories : 11 novelettes, and 38 short stories (1 short-shorts), for a total of about 290,000 words of new short fiction. 29 of the stories were by women (59%), and 4 were SF (8%).

As I said, both of the new stories in Wings of Fire are quite good, particularly Margo Lanagan's "The Miracle Aquilina", but also Holly Black's "Sobek", From Running With the Pack I liked Marie Brennan's "Comparison of Efficacy Rates for Seven Antipathetics as Employed against Lycanthropes", and stories by Samantha Henderson, Genevieve Valentine, and Erzebet Yellowboy. From Full Moon City, my favorite was Peter Beagle's "La Lune T'Attend", and Gene Wolfe's "Innocent" as well as Holly Black's "The Aarne-Thompson Classification Revue" are worthy of attention. And I really enjoyed The Way of the Wizard, so I have a long list of top stories from it: Christie Yant's "The Magician and the Maid and Other Stories", Cinda Williams Chima's "The Trader and the Slave", Lev Grossman's "Endgame", Nnedi Okorafor's "The Go-Slow", John R. Fultz's "The Thirteen Texts of Arthyria", and Desirina Boskovich's "Love is the Spell That Casts Out Fear". 
Tags: 2010, anthologies, yearly summaries
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