Author: Anthology

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Review: Magic City: Recent Spells edited by Paula Guran

Review: Magic City: Recent Spells edited by Paula Guran

June 21, 2014 Review 2 ★★★★

Short stories are a difficult form to master in any case, but when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy, the author has an even tougher challenge: building an entire world in just a few pages. As with any short-story collection featuring multiple authors, some of the contributions to MAGIC CITY: RECENT SPELLS, edited by Paula Guran, are more successful than others. Ultimately, I think the anthology does a great job of showcasing many different interpretations of ‘urban fantasy’ and gives readers the chance to discover something new.

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Early Review: Kicking It edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price

Early Review: Kicking It edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price

November 22, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★

KICKING IT offers intriguing glimpses into nine unique urban fantasy worlds, with sassy heroines and magical missions and enough of an adventure that I want to come back for more. Some of these series were familiar, some completely new to me, but all were entertaining and well put together.

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Early 5!bat Review: Rags & Bones edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

Early 5!bat Review: Rags & Bones edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

October 14, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★★

RAGS & BONES is a gorgeously curated collection of short stories, as satisfying for the glimpses of each story’s origin story as the final product. Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall when your favorite author pitches an idea? See a little piece of art through their creative lens? As favorite authors distill classic tales to their essence, this anthology was immersive and thought provoking, a masters class in the creative process with an all star attendance list.

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Early Review: The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius

Early Review: The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius

February 18, 2013 Review 6 ★★★★

I have a confession to make – I’m not usually a big fan of anthologies. I’m not sure if it’s because I get annoyed that there’s not more to the story or what, but short stories and I have never gotten along. So of course I went with an anthology for my first review here at All Things Urban Fantasy. Oops. Or at least oops is what I was thinking when I first sat down to start the book. Then I started reading and that oops quickly changed in to a grin as I dived in to story after story.

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Early Review: ‘Til The World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, Karen Duvall

Early Review: ‘Til The World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, Karen Duvall

January 24, 2013 Review 5 ★★★

Three stories feature couples facing the end of the world in the form of zombie-like vampires, ruthless leaders in post-apocalyptic worlds, and environmental disasters that imbue some with super powers while condemning others to cannibalistic insanity. All three feature prominent romances, though only one delivers a story that will leave readers hoping for survival.

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Early Review: BLOOD BY MOONLIGHT Anthology

Early Review: BLOOD BY MOONLIGHT Anthology

October 20, 2012 Review 0 ★★★

Just in time for the scariest season of all, three popular paranormal authors come together to tell original tales of romance where anything can happen under a Halloween moon . . .Tempers flare and passions rise in Jocelynn Drake’s Of Monsters and Men as the local werewolf pack clashes with the Winter Court’s Wild Hunt . . .

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5 bat! Review: The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff

5 bat! Review: The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff

August 25, 2012 Review 2 ★★★★★

In May of 2008, three unknown writers formed a critique group and website (MerryFates.com) for posting short stories and honing their craft. Fast forward to today, and these three writers are among the best and brightest YA authors writing today. Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff are what I consider to be the holy trinity of YA, and in this wonderfully imaginative anthology, it is abundantly clear why.

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