Fantasy Short Fiction Anthology
308 pages $12.95
Publication Date: November 15, 2006
Twelve tales of love and wonder...|
Nymphs, starfighters, magical women, mystical men, ordinary mortals,
and extraordinary beings populate stories that range from engagingly
whimsical to profoundly moving. Highly imaginative short fiction and novellas
from outstanding fantasy romance writers -- both bestselling authors and new talent.
Publishers Weekly Review:
Guran's pioneering "best of" anthology, the first in a projected series, offers twelve enthralling tales of romance that incorporate supernatural, fantasy or SF elements. A few of these "stories of love and wonder" end with a standard HEA (romance-speak for "happily ever after"), but all avoid clichE. Among the best are Catherine Asaro's "The Shadowed Heart," about a battle-fatigued starfighter pilot; Elizabeth Hand's "Calypso in Berlin," a siren tale about the obsession an immortal nymph-artist feels for her human muse; Claudia O'Keefe's "A Maze of Trees," an eloquent testament to loneliness and sacrifice in an endangered forest; and Delia Sherman's "Walpurgis Afternoon," a whimsical gem concerning a mysterious Victorian home belonging to two witches that appears literally overnight in a middle-class suburb. Other contributors include Jane Yolen, Sandra MacDonald and Elizabeth Bear. In an illuminating introduction, Guran discusses the recent rise of the paranormal romance genre and the attempts to define what it is and isn't."aPublishers Weekly, starred.