The New Voices of Fantasy • 2017 • Fantasy anthology by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman

★★★★

Summary: Do you want to learn about the new kids on the block? This anthology gives a very good answer: it collects nineteen stories from the last five years. The editors provide great introductions to every story and gathered a great, balanced selection of stories.

I’m somewhat in a hurry, because tomorrow I’ll be heading for a longer vacation and I won’t blog the next couple of weeks. I haven’t been able to write down full reviews for most of the stories, but I read all of them and can fully recommend it to readers of fantasy literature who are curious what topics, styles, and authors drive the publishing circus these days.

Best stories in this anthology:

  • ★★★★★ • Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers • Vampire short story by Alyssa Wong • review
  • ★★★★★ • The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn • Fantasy novella by Usman T. Malik •  review

Contents:

  • ★★★★★ • Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers • Vampire short story by Alyssa Wong • review
  • ★★★Selkie Stories are for Losers • 2013 • by Sofia Samatar • sad and weird
  • ★★★Tornado’s Siren • 2012 • by Brooke Bolander • awesome idea: a tornado falls in love with a girl
  • ★★ • Left the Century to Sit Unmoved • 2016 • by Sarah Pinsker • a weird pond sometimes lets people vanish when they jump into it, a story about grief
  • ★★★★ • A Kiss with Teeth 2014 clever vampire story by Max Gladstone: a vampire needs to be a father, care for talking to teacher and oppress his needs
  • ★★★★Jackalope Wives • 2014 magical realism short story by Ursula Vernon • review
  • ★★★★ The Cartographer Wasps and Anarchist Bees • 2011 • by E. Lily Yu • innovative allegorical fable about imperialism and anarchism
  • ★★ • The Practical Witch’s Guide to Acquiring Real Estate 2015 humorous how-to-guide for witches by A. C. Wise
  • ★★★+The Tallest Doll in New York City2014  by Maria Dahvana Headley • the Chrysler building walks around to find love
  • ★★★The Haunting of Apollo A7LB • 2015 • short story by Hannu Rajaniemi • seemstress reworks a haunted spacesuit •  review
  • ★★★Here Be Dragons by Chris Tarry • retired dragon slayer faces the boredom and responsibility of everyday life
  • ★★★The One They Took Before2014  by Kelly Sandoval reminded me of Every Heart a Doorway: sadness and fear of returning to a magical world
  • ★★ • Tiger Baby” by JY Yang • predictable story about a human shapeshifter turning slowly into a feline form
  • ★★ • The Duck” by Ben Loory • cute story about the protagonist who is infatuated with a rock, about friendship and love
  • ★★★ • “Wing”• 2012 • by Amal El-Mohtar • really short, strange, and charming story
  • ★★ • The Philosophers • 2016 • formulaic vignette story by Adam Ehrlich Sachs
  • ★★★My Time Among the Bridge • 2017 • Blowers by Eugene Fischer Original Story
  • ☆ • “The Husband Stitch” • horror story by Carmen Maria Machado • horror, didn’t read
  • ★★★★★ • The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn • Fantasy novella by Usman T. Malik •  review
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