Short Story Collections edited by Ellen Datlow

Teeth; Vampire Tales



A collection of short stories by some very amazing authors, including Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Neil Gaiman and Melissa Marr – all with the theme of Vampires…

Some stories I enjoyed, but I think most of the stories struggled to give a new view of vampires, explaining the history and culture behind the stories and have credible and empathetic characters that the reader can relate to. Short stories are not easy, but when the author is trying to breath new life into an otherwise over exposed theme – their job is even harder!

Some stories were great, and some of my favourite fantasy and young adult authors are represented, but not all of the stories held my attention, or captured my imagination.

Naked City; Tales of Urban Fantasy

Naked City

Naked City

Urban Fantasy is just another name for paranormal or supernatural fantasy. Vampires. Werewolves. Witches…

Some great authors with a few favourite characters/worlds revisited… Jim Butcher (Harry Dresden – Wizard for Hire), Patricia Briggs, Melissa Marr, Holly Black…

Not quite what I expected, this collection of short stories mostly hit the mark! Again, short stories can be hard to sell – not enough time to fully explore the themes and concepts behind the worlds or assumptions, let alone the characters involved. You know that the story is good when you want to know more!

Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce

Tortall and Other Lands

Tortall and Other Lands

One of my favourite authors… there are very few of Tamora’s books I have not read and do not own! I have to admit, I automatically buy any of her books as soon as I see them!!!

No disappointment here! A collection of short stories, not all from Tortall – some even set in more modern surroundings (loved Huntress), some familiar characters seen from a different perspective, and some extensions of ideas and events in other books.

What can I say – love it!!!

I am not necessarily a fan of short stories – I usually find myself wanting more detail, more depth to characters, just more!!! What do you think?