Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Down These Strange Streets-edited by George RR Martin-Review

I love anthologies... and I always pick up the ones that have a Charlaine Harris story in them so I had to read this and it was GREAT!  Here is the goodreads description: 

All new strange cases of death and magic in the city by some of the biggest names in urban fantasy. In this all-new collection of urban fantasy stories, editors George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois explore the places where mystery waits at the end of every alley and where the things that go bump in the night have something to fear... Includes stories by New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Diana Gabaldon, Simon R. Green, S. M. Stirling, and Carrie Vaughn, as well as tales by Glen Cook, Bradley Denton, M.L.N. Hanover, Conn Iggulden, Laurie R. King, Joe R. Lansdale, John Maddox Roberts, Steven Saylor, Melinda Snodgrass, and Lisa Tuttle.

These stories were great! I loved the mysteries and got introduced to so many new authors. One of the things I really liked about this anthology is that the stories were much longer then I am used to. Instead of taking 15 minutes to read a story could take an hour or more. Which means I got to know the characters so much better. Zombies, witches, murder, just all the stuff that makes urban fantasy fun. The stories take place from Babylon and ancient Rome to colonial Jamaican slave revolts to the Aleutians during WWII to Victorian England to modern-day Denver.

This book is quite expensive though, and I did get my copy from the library.  It is also long so be ready to put some time into it. I am looking for anthologies similar to this one so if anyone has a suggestion please tell me about it!!  

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