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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With many anthologies it tends to be hit or miss depending on which short story I am reading in it. DARK DUETS has an excellent idea with authors pairing up to write some seriously dark urban fantasy tales.
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.
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.
This was a great story to start this anthology out with as it gives you the flavor of carnival life with its descriptions of sleazy carnies and weird, almost creepy relationships they have with eachother. PAINTED LOVE’s narrator, Doddle, was a weirdly passive and silent character and throughout most of the story I was constantly trying to figure out what his deal was.
PREDATORY shows the gamut that vampire mythology has run in genre fiction, containing short stories about everything from victims of maddening viruses to undead fashion designers. I picked up this book based on Dianne Duvall’s name, and her short taste of the Immortal Guardians series didn’t disappoint. If I hoped to find another series to sink my teeth into, however, PREDATORY left me empty handed.
It’s the last day of the month which means it’s time to check out what we’re going to be reading next month in: Want to know what titles came out in previous months? View previous Hot Off The Press posts Time to start prepping your summer reading list! May is starting out strong with lots of intriguing debuts and new installments from proven favorites. If 90 titles seem overwhelming, jump down to the bottom of the post for five can’t go wrong titles. All five of us here at ATUF each picked a title that we can’t wait for. As a side… Read more »
In this trio of Delirium stories, Lauren Oliver has pulled back the current even further revealing tantalizing details about her characters and this dizzily addictive series.
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.
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.