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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!
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Library Journal Review
In Jim Butcher's "Curses," practicing magician and PI Harry Dresden takes on a Chicago legend and finds himself involved in the world of Faerie mischief, while in Peter S. Beagle's "Underbridge," a cynical children's literature professor finds a kindred spirit under a Seattle bridge. The 20 stories in this anthology, contributed by Holly Black, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Delia Sherman, Christopher Fowler, John Crowley, Naomi Novik, and others, reflect the diversity and depth of urban fantasy popularized by authors such as Charles de Lint and Tanya Huff. VERDICT These original tales by an impressive array of authors provide a powerful introduction to the genre for the curious and a welcome indulgence for urban fantasy fans. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Datlow (Digital Domains) adds to her already lengthy list of impressive anthology credits with this compilation of 20 original stories from some of the best-known names in urban fantasy. For newbies, her short but informative intro clearly lays out the boundaries of these works, which combine "the often-dark edge of city living with enticing worlds of magic." Jim Butcher's "Curses," a humorous short story linked to his Dresden Files series, is a nice change of pace from his increasingly grim novels. Ellen Kushner's "The Duke of Riverside" gives the origins of the romance between Alec and St. Vier, heroes of her novel Swordspoint. Lavie Tidhar's "The Projected Girl," set in Haifa, Israel, features a boy's search for the truth behind a legendary magic trick. Other notable contributors include Lucius Shepard, Patricia Briggs, and Melissa Marr. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
*Starred Review* This anthology of short fiction affords a superb sampling of urban fantasy, that popular sf/fantasy subgenre defined in the book's introduction (which, in all of three pages, is a welcome and helpful, to say nothing of articulate, definition of this subgenre) as a combination of the often-dark edge of city living with enticing worlds of magic with an urban landscape being absolutely crucial to the story. To put it another way (as also expressed in the introduction, that is), where the story takes place should matter, in some way, to the story. The headliner piece, by virtue of its placement first in the collection's presentation and the name recognition of the author, is Curses, by Jim Butcher, creator of the urban-fantasy series Dresden Files. It opens like a noir detective story Most of my cases are pretty tame but by page 2, we see this is Dresden Files fiction as well. The premise is a riot: the famous curse upon the Chicago Cubs has supernatural origins here. Priced to Sell, by Naomi Novik, is also very entertaining. It's about vampires buying real estate in Manhattan. But you will have fun with all 20 stories.--Hooper, Bra. Copyright 2010 Booklist