As usual, this annual anthology serves up some of the best
work, although this time around, the emphasis is more on
horror than fantasy this year. The tales represent a wide
panorama of the genres. Most of which are quite strong and
a few are tremndous with one particular tale, "The Hunter's
Wife," an incredible five star plus treat. Editors Ellen
Datlow and Terri Windling also include their usual
insightful analysis of the year. Especially interesting
besides the obvious trend analysis that make for
fascinating reading notably when compared to earlier
editions of this tome is the recognition of comic books as
a legitimate form of fantasy.
Overall this edition is a strong anthology that holds up
against its illustrious history. Readers will enjoy
savoring this collection over several weeks (this reviewer
read 2-3 stories a night).