Author: Edited by Jane Yole, Multiple Authors
Summary: Award-winning editor Jane Yolen presents 34 tales of fantasy and delight in this third volume of her original anthology series, Xanadu. The contributors include prize-winning poet Marvin Bell, Ruth Berman, Jo Clayton, Christine Crow, Nancy Etchemendy, Tanith Lee, Susan Palwick, Midori Snyder, Terri Windling and Jane Yolen herself.
My Rating: 6/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This was a collection of Fantasy stories and poems, and if I had to pinpoint the exact kind of fantasy I’d say it would be mostly in the area of low fantasy, metaphysical fantasy and alternative fantasy, although some stories weren’t in those categories, I’d classify most in one of those. Like you get with most short story collections, some you enjoyed others you didn’t, but I found there were a lot I just didn’t enjoy as much, or hit me as something I’d want to read again, or something by that author I’d want to read again. Some were really weird and out there, and I just didn’t connect to them, and some bored me, and I couldn’t wait until I was finished. Not to others would feel this way, I just didn’t like the type of fantasy showed here. (I’m more of a high fantasy, epic fantasy etc). Some of the short stories/poems I did like:
- The Night Journey by Terri Windling
- A Report Concerning the Predator Population in the Northren Part of the Forest - Jerry Beckett
- The Asgard Philharmonic Plays Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture - Lawerence Schimel
- Gord and Fnord Go to the Zoo - By Charles Von Rospach
Would I recommend it to read: If your a fan of all sorts of fantasy, especially some of the more obscure stories, then yes, I would recommend it to read. But if your a fan of fantasy and are looking for fantasy like you would find in Wheel of Time, Hobbit/LOTR, Harry Potter, Twilight and any books in that clump of books or similar to those, then you may not like the stories as much. Fantasy here is something completely different, which is a good thing, it just wasn't the kind of fantasy I generally like.
What to read next: If you like some of the authors you found in here, I'd say try them out. Same with if you like the types of fantasy in here, you should try them out. It will open your eyes to a whole new world of fantasy, some which you may not have thought to be "fantasy" before.
Challenges: 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, August Reading Challenge