George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
Tor, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
here's something for every taste in this fascinating collection, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, of twenty-one original short stories featuring
. Genres range from westerns, mysteries and historicals to fantasy and SF.
n Joe Abercrombie's
, Shy is a female outlaw hunted by past associates who plan to turn her in for the reward money. They catch up with her in a ghost town, where everything goes wrong for her. Somehow she survives, only to be hunted again. Megan Abbott's
My Heart is Either Broken
is more of a psychological mystery. Nancy Kress's
Second Arabesque, Very Slowly
is a dystopian in which an unlikely alliance is made to preserve something beautiful in the world.
've long been a Cecelia Holland fan - her
is an engaging historical written from the point of view of the littlest of the eight children of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Sharon Kay Penman's
A Queen in Exile
is also a historical, about Sicilian Constance de Hauteville who is wed to Germany's cold monarch. And Diana Gabaldon gives us a look at a young Jamie Fraser's early exploits in France (alongside Ian Murray) in
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell
is one of the best - Silence uses her grandmother's ghost to assure her family's survival. Megan Lindholm's
gives a fantasy alternative to ageing and dementia. And
A Song of Ice and Fire
fans (me included) will welcome George R. R. Martin's
The Princess and the Queen, or, The Blacks and the Greens
, which (as we've come to expect from this author) slaughters almost everyone on its pages.
expect I've missed some that may turn out to be your own favorites.
is quite a tome and offers many hours of excellent and varied entertainment - enjoy!
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