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This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Bryant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen, and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overv This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Bryant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen, and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, Edward Bryant's witty roundup of the year's fantasy films, and a long list of Honorable Mentions-all of which adds up to an invaluable reference source, and a font of fabulous reading.


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This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Bryant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen, and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overv This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Bryant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen, and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, Edward Bryant's witty roundup of the year's fantasy films, and a long list of Honorable Mentions-all of which adds up to an invaluable reference source, and a font of fabulous reading.

30 review for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Tenth Annual Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    This collection is pretty uneven. There are some really good stories and some not so good. The one that stands out in my mind is the Graham Masterson story, "The Seven Secret Senses" (I think that's the title). The protagonist is a young chef of Asian descent (yay) who gets approached by a strange, elusive millionaire to prepare recipes from a forbidden recipe book, forbidden because the recipes are made from human flesh. My ick alarm went off immediately. I cannot handle cannibalism. I just can This collection is pretty uneven. There are some really good stories and some not so good. The one that stands out in my mind is the Graham Masterson story, "The Seven Secret Senses" (I think that's the title). The protagonist is a young chef of Asian descent (yay) who gets approached by a strange, elusive millionaire to prepare recipes from a forbidden recipe book, forbidden because the recipes are made from human flesh. My ick alarm went off immediately. I cannot handle cannibalism. I just can't. Well I had to keep reading because I wanted to see where this story would go. Also because it was strangely non-gratuitous, and I liked the protagonist. He reads the book and is fascinated. He's a chef, so the culinary aspects are irresistible to him. He agrees to the job. Well like anything, there is a catch. The supposed food source is a beautiful young girl named Xanthippe, who is the lover of the millionaire paying for the meal. From there it gets pretty interesting as the chef starts to fall in love with the girl he will end up serving for dinner. This is one of the first erotic horror stories I've read. I liked it because it wasn't for shock value or gross-out factor, despite the subject matter. I got bored with the next stories and put this down, but I will finish it someday.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    I read this a few years ago, but I'm leaving a note, now that I've found a list of contents, to remind myself of what my top 5 favorites were: Never Seen by Waking Eyes by Stephen Dedman The Phantom Church by Ana Blandiana (god, this was a creepy/awesome ghost story!) The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke The Reason for Not Going to the Ball by Tanith Lee The Snow Pavilion by Angela Carter I really need to seek out more by Stephen Dedman, because his story about how Alice Liddell was a vampire I read this a few years ago, but I'm leaving a note, now that I've found a list of contents, to remind myself of what my top 5 favorites were: Never Seen by Waking Eyes by Stephen Dedman The Phantom Church by Ana Blandiana (god, this was a creepy/awesome ghost story!) The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke The Reason for Not Going to the Ball by Tanith Lee The Snow Pavilion by Angela Carter I really need to seek out more by Stephen Dedman, because his story about how Alice Liddell was a vampire who befriended Lewis Carroll was really fracking awesome. I will also eventually get around to reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, but the 1K+ page count is intimidating.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Spike Anderson

    A mixed bag but some delightful gems. The a stories: Lilly's whisper, among the handlers, the phantom church, the secret of shih tan, o rate and most exquisite , never seen by waking eyes, walking the dog, the Phoenix, angel, Even the b stories in this book are written well and in general the quality in this compillation is quite high A mixed bag but some delightful gems. The a stories: Lilly's whisper, among the handlers, the phantom church, the secret of shih tan, o rate and most exquisite , never seen by waking eyes, walking the dog, the Phoenix, angel, Even the b stories in this book are written well and in general the quality in this compillation is quite high

  4. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Tenth Annual Collection (Year's Best Fantasy and Horror) (1997) The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Tenth Annual Collection (Year's Best Fantasy and Horror) (1997)

  5. 4 out of 5

    bluetyson

    The Year's Best Fantasy And Horror: Tenth Annual Collection. by Ellen (& Terri Windling, eds.) Datlow (1997) The Year's Best Fantasy And Horror: Tenth Annual Collection. by Ellen (& Terri Windling, eds.) Datlow (1997)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    Some great stories in here....some are only so so.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Misty

    These short stories are fantastic. Only a couple so far that haven't blown my mind and I'm 400 pages in. These short stories are fantastic. Only a couple so far that haven't blown my mind and I'm 400 pages in.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adriana Johnston

    I think this book has some amazing, great stories, but some others are a bit plain... Overall it's good, though. I think this book has some amazing, great stories, but some others are a bit plain... Overall it's good, though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    The Gaiman story in this is awful. The Tanith Lee is lovely.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cheyenne

    I really enjoyed this fantasy and horror collection a lot. It's the first in this series of anthologies I've read, and it won't be the last. Most of the stories in this collection fell around the four-star mark for me, but there were many that I rated the full 5 and some that rated as low as 2. My absolute favorites included: - The Secret Shih Tan by Graham Masterton - The Phoenix by Isobelle Carmody - Crow Girls by Charles de Lint - Beckoning Nightframe by Terry Dowling - Angel by Philip Graham - Not I really enjoyed this fantasy and horror collection a lot. It's the first in this series of anthologies I've read, and it won't be the last. Most of the stories in this collection fell around the four-star mark for me, but there were many that I rated the full 5 and some that rated as low as 2. My absolute favorites included: - The Secret Shih Tan by Graham Masterton - The Phoenix by Isobelle Carmody - Crow Girls by Charles de Lint - Beckoning Nightframe by Terry Dowling - Angel by Philip Graham - Not Waving by Michael Marshall Smith - The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Suzannah Clarke - Radio Waves by Michael Swanwick

  11. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Some were 5 star and others were 3 star so average of 4 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    John

    Sorry for virtually the same review on whole anthology set I own a trade sized paper back. I started this anthology with the 5th Annual and I loved it so much I started collecting the whole set by signing up for pre-orders with the book store. What sets this anthology apart from many others is that I always find two or three gems within its pages, many liked stories and very few I have to force myself through. More importantly, from those people I have noted who read these anthologies too, they say Sorry for virtually the same review on whole anthology set I own a trade sized paper back. I started this anthology with the 5th Annual and I loved it so much I started collecting the whole set by signing up for pre-orders with the book store. What sets this anthology apart from many others is that I always find two or three gems within its pages, many liked stories and very few I have to force myself through. More importantly, from those people I have noted who read these anthologies too, they say the same thing. I rated this whole anthology based on the variety of the stories within, how many people seem to report finding the same ratio of gems & well received stories. I am happy to own this whole anthology and keep them in excellent shape, no matter how many times I have read them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Danielle McNamara

    I purchased this book because Neil Gaiman had a story in it. I have yet to read it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mia

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alison C

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bremonline

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Acosta

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kalo Morgan

  24. 4 out of 5

    Divya

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cord

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kyri Freeman

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cathy D

  30. 4 out of 5

    David

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