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Culled from the best of a wide variety of sources, this eleventh annual collection of fantasy fiction features contributions by Kim Newman, Joyce Carol Oates, Ellen Kushner, Jack Womack, Karen Joy Fowler, and others.


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Culled from the best of a wide variety of sources, this eleventh annual collection of fantasy fiction features contributions by Kim Newman, Joyce Carol Oates, Ellen Kushner, Jack Womack, Karen Joy Fowler, and others.

30 review for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eleventh Annual Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    Maybe 90's fantasy is not my thing... I'll need to look into that later. Maybe 90's fantasy is not my thing... I'll need to look into that later.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Friedman

    Some years can be better than others but I always enjoy any anthology Ellen Datlow has worked on. This year did not disappoint.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book in the long-running series of best of the year anthologies showcases the authors favorite stories from 1997. There are some really good stories in here. My favorite by far was Safe by Gary A Braunbeck. This story was about a shooting and its ramifications and it actually made me cry – a rare thing with her story. This is horrible remember for a long time. Another good story was Mbo by Nicholas Royale, which was about an African vampire type creature that preys off tourists. The Psychomant This book in the long-running series of best of the year anthologies showcases the authors favorite stories from 1997. There are some really good stories in here. My favorite by far was Safe by Gary A Braunbeck. This story was about a shooting and its ramifications and it actually made me cry – a rare thing with her story. This is horrible remember for a long time. Another good story was Mbo by Nicholas Royale, which was about an African vampire type creature that preys off tourists. The Psychomantium by Molly Brown was about a woman who becomes trapped in an alternate universe after looking into a mirror.it is also a powerful story. In the Black Mill is another one of my favorites – it's set in a small town where a young college professor is conducting an archaeological dig learning about an extinct ride that seemed to have no religion, but which apparently practiced human sacrifice. All of the men in the town seem to work at a mill, but the college professor cannot get any information about what is made there. All he knows is that many people in the town are missing parts of their bodies – limbs, fingers, feet, etc. – and these accidents are attributed to the mill. The story has a very powerful ending. Wild Horses by the ever talented Charles de Lint is about a woman who possesses a magical set of cards, similar to tarot cards, which show the holder what they want to know. The story revolves around a young woman's search for her brother. I Am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes was another very good story – prisoners in a mental hospital for the criminally insane are offered a way to escape their confinement by an old man who was also a prisoner – but of course there is a catch. Bucket of Blood capitalized it tells the story of two friends on a road trip who encounter danger after one of the finds a discarded quarter and uses it to when thousands of dollars in gambling. The quarter's owner wants the money – and he'll stop at nothing to get it. Dust Motes is the story of a woman who is dying of cancer and encounters ghosts in a library. The idea was good but I found the means to release the ghosts to be problematic. The Crawl by Stephen Laws tells the harrowing story of a couple that encounter a supernatural evil that stalks them on the roadway. Kinyo no fun tells the story of a gay couple who are terrorized by a man with the power to invade another's body. The Last Song of Sirit Bayar is a tale set in the distant past were traveling musician plays magical music. The story is told from the point of view of a young girl who accompanies him There were many other good stories in this book, and only a few stories that I didn't like. I recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    This is not really a review, just notes for myself. I did start to skip the horror stories and poetry - maybe I'll go back to them one day. The Tale of the Skin, Emma Donoghue (well-written but doesn't give anything new to the tale) Beauty and the Beast (poem), Jaimes Alsop Gulliver at Home, John Kessel It Had to Be You, Nancy Pickard (recommend) The Skull of Charlotte Corday, Leslie Dick (started then skimmed) I Am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes, Douglas Clegg (maybe I'm not swayed by body horror?) C This is not really a review, just notes for myself. I did start to skip the horror stories and poetry - maybe I'll go back to them one day. The Tale of the Skin, Emma Donoghue (well-written but doesn't give anything new to the tale) Beauty and the Beast (poem), Jaimes Alsop Gulliver at Home, John Kessel It Had to Be You, Nancy Pickard (recommend) The Skull of Charlotte Corday, Leslie Dick (started then skimmed) I Am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes, Douglas Clegg (maybe I'm not swayed by body horror?) Coffee Jerk at the Gates of Hell (poem), Christopher Jones (skipped) Riding the Black, Charles Grant (skipped) In the Fields, Christopher Harman (so bored) Mbo, Nicholas Royle (skipped) Winner Take All, Jeffrey Shaffer Safe, Gary A. Braunbeck (skipped) El Castillo de la Perseverancia, Howard Waldrop (recommend) The Sin-Eater's Tale, Brennen Wysong (completely lost me) A Visit, Steven Millhauser A Globe of Glass, Sonia Gernes The Fall of the Kings, Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman (skipped) Coyote and the White Folks (poem), Bill Lewis Sheela Na Gig (poem), Bill Lewis The Flounder's Kiss, Michael Cadnum Residuals, Paul J. McAuley and Kim Newman (recommend?) The Psychomantium, Molly Brown In the Black Mill, Michael Chabon (skipped) Dust Motes, P. D. Cacek (recommend) La Muerte (poem), Pat Mora (skipped) Spanky's Back in Town, Christopher Fowler (skipped) Marriage (poem), Denise Duhamel Kingyo no fun, Nicholas Royle (blah) Bucket of Blood, Norman Partridge (skipped) Mermaid (poem), A. Alvarez Estate, Caitlin R. Kiernan (skipped) The Sin of Elijah, Steve Stern (recommend?) Driving Blind, Ray Bradbury The Sky-Blue Ball, Joyce Carol Oates (recommend?) The Black Fairy's Curse, Karen Joy Fowler The Last Song of Sirit Byar, Peter S. Beagle (skipped) Marina's Fragrance, Mayra Santos-Febres Setting Celestial Signs on Terrestrial Beings (poem), Emily Warn Rabbit Hole, Jane Yolen Wild Horses, Charles de Lint Princess (poem), Matthew Sweeney (skipped) Audience, Jack Womack Merlin, Robert Clinton The Crawl, Stephen Laws (blah) The Remains of Princess Kaiulani's Garden, Katherine Vaz (recommend?) Dharma, Vikram Chandra

  5. 4 out of 5

    John

    Sorry for virtually the same review on whole anthology set I own a trade sized paper back. I started this anthology with the 5th Annual and I loved it so much I started collecting the whole set by signing up for pre-orders with the book store. What sets this anthology apart from many others is that I always find two or three gems within its pages, many liked stories and very few I have to force myself through. More importantly, from those people I have noted who read these anthologies too, they say Sorry for virtually the same review on whole anthology set I own a trade sized paper back. I started this anthology with the 5th Annual and I loved it so much I started collecting the whole set by signing up for pre-orders with the book store. What sets this anthology apart from many others is that I always find two or three gems within its pages, many liked stories and very few I have to force myself through. More importantly, from those people I have noted who read these anthologies too, they say the same thing. I rated this whole anthology based on the variety of the stories within, how many people seem to report finding the same ratio of gems & well received stories. I am happy to own this whole anthology and keep them in excellent shape, no matter how many times I have read them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    This book was made for my attention span. The short stories were lovely, and the poetry scattered about was fitting. I didn't read the massive foreword at the front, it was almost 1/5 of the book, but I'm sure it had glowing reviews of the works included. My favourite stories were: "I am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes", by Douglas Clegg; "The Fall of the Kings" by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman (these happened to be the two of the gay-themed ones); "The Sin of Elijah" by Steve Stern and "Spanky' This book was made for my attention span. The short stories were lovely, and the poetry scattered about was fitting. I didn't read the massive foreword at the front, it was almost 1/5 of the book, but I'm sure it had glowing reviews of the works included. My favourite stories were: "I am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes", by Douglas Clegg; "The Fall of the Kings" by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman (these happened to be the two of the gay-themed ones); "The Sin of Elijah" by Steve Stern and "Spanky's back in town" by Christopher Fowler. "Safe" by Gary A. Braunbeck hit me very hard. I loved it and hated it in equal measure.

  7. 4 out of 5

    bluetyson

    The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (11th Annual Collection) (Paper) by Ellen Datlow (1998) The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (11th Annual Collection) (Paper) by Ellen Datlow (1998)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn MacDonald

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nate

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

  11. 5 out of 5

    Teri

  12. 4 out of 5

    Matovu

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Olson

  14. 4 out of 5

    kid

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kyri Freeman

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alison C

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sierra

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy Pankratz

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shalini Latchman

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gaygeek

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jane O Saurus

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christine

  23. 5 out of 5

    Robin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jacklynn

  25. 5 out of 5

    Regina

  26. 4 out of 5

    Arthur

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mitzy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  30. 5 out of 5

    CJ Jones

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