Monday, December 17, 2012

Naked City edited by Ellen Datlow

Naked City edited by Ellen Datlow
2011, St. Martin's Griffin

Synopsis: In this thrilling collection of original stories some of today’s hottest paranormal authors delight, thrill and captivate readers with otherworldly tales of magic and mischief. In Jim Butcher’s ”Curses” Harry Dresden investigates how to lift a curse laid by the Fair Folk on the Chicago Cubs. In Patricia Briggs’ “Fairy Gifts,” a vampire is called home by magic to save the Fae who freed him from a dark curse. In Melissa Marr’s “Guns for the Dead,” the newly dead Frankie Lee seeks a job in the afterlife on the wrong side of the law. In Holly Black’s “Noble Rot,” a dying rock star discovers that the young woman who brings him food every day has some strange appetites of her own.

Featuring original stories from 20 authors, this dark, captivating, fabulous and fantastical collection is not to be missed!

Why read: Received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers

What impressed me: Nothing.

What disappointed me: Naked City sealed the deal for me. I hate anthologies. The "urban fantasy" genre means different things to different people. Half of these stories did not fit into what I would consider urban fantasy. It's really clear the editor was way more concerned with getting big names rather than sticking to the types of stories readers would expect from a book like this.

Recommended: A thousand times, no.

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