Thursday, March 27, 2008

Fantasy the Very Best Of 2005 - Jonathan Strahan

The other Locus save Year's Best volume, after the Strahan-Haber books ended when Ibooks went bye-bye. This volume overlaps significantly with the other fantasy/horror books, perhaps more than any other volume I have rated so far.
So if you have those others - Hartwell/Datlow/Betancourt etc., you will have almost all of this.

That being said, Strahan gives a quick fantasy magazine and anthology and collection overview.

Overall, this is pretty good, just a half star under a 3.50 story average.

Fantasy Best of 2005 : Two Hearts - Peter S. Beagle
Fantasy Best of 2005 : Snowball's Chance - Charles Stross
Fantasy Best of 2005 : Sunbird - Neil Gaiman
Fantasy Best of 2005 : A Knot of Toads - Jane Yolen
Fantasy Best of 2005 : Boatman's Holiday - Jeffrey Ford
Fantasy Best of 2005 : The Language of Moths - Christopher Barzak
Fantasy Best of 2005 : Anyway - M. Rickert
Fantasy Best of 2005 : The Emperor of Gondwanaland - Paul Di Filippo
Fantasy Best of 2005 : The Pirate's True Love - Seana Graham
Fantasy Best of 2005 : Intelligent Design - Ellen Klages
Fantasy Best of 2005 : Pip and the Fairies - Theodora Goss
Fantasy Best of 2005 : Leviathan - Simon Brown
Fantasy Best of 2005 : The Denial - Bruce Sterling
Fantasy Best of 2005 : The Farmer's Cat - Jeff VanderMeer
Fantasy Best of 2005 : There's a Hole in the City - Richard Bowes
Fantasy Best of 2005 : Monster - Kelly Link


Griffin snacking leads to senile sovereign's swan song.

4.5 out of 5


Global warming Devil deal destruction wish banking.

4 out of 5


"I have a presentiment of doom upon me," ..."And I fear it shall come to us with barbecue sauce."

4 out of 5


Witchy windmilled.

3.5 out of 5


Contrary to the advice of the sage Accadacca, Hell Is A Bad Place To Be. Generally. Barring sneaky loopholes.

3.5 out of 5


Autistic lepidoptera whisperer.

4 out of 5


Bloodstones, no Ulysses or Swords of Power, unfortunately.

2 out of 5


Online getaway hookup.

4 out of 5


Bakesale broadsided.

3.5 out of 5


Holy KAPOW!

3 out of 5


Obit teaparty flashback.

2.5 out of 5


Out of the exploding aeroplane into the big biblical beastie.

3 out of 5


We're dead, stupid.

3.5 out of 5


Moggie ursa major makes troll mob minor.

3.5 out of 5


Toasty ghosty.

3.5 out of 5


Hey, Bungalow Jim
I Might Eat Him

3.5 out of 5




4 out of 5

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