Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2016 Edition

Some of the Best from Tor 2016 Edition

Overall Rating of the Anthology: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

You can get the anthology on tor.com here.

About:

Tor.com regularly publishes original fiction, short stories and novellas on their website. And each year, some of them are collected into an anthology. The stories in the 2016 edition are varied, but all are either Fantasy or Science Fiction.

While there were some stories that did not speak to me, there were also some really great and enjoyable ones. The best stories in the anthology, for me, are:

  • The DestroyerTara Isabella Burton
  • A Dead DjinnP. Djeli Clark
  • Autobiography of a Traitor and a Half-SavageAlix E. Harrow
  • Your Orisons May Be RecordedLaurie Penny
  • The Great DetectiveDelia Sherman
  • Finnegan’s FieldAngela Slatter
  • That Game We Played During the WarCarrie Vaughn

Read on for a more detailed review of the individual stories.

 

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Nocturnes by John Connolly

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Overall Rating of the Anthology: 3.5 Stars★★★★☆

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Nocturnes is a collection of short horror fiction by John Connolly. Reminiscent in style of the classic Victorian ghost stories, his are at the same time much darker. A collection full of monsters, ghosts and things that lurk in the shadows.

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Unfettered: Tales by Masters of Fantasy

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Overall Rating of the Anthology: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

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When Shawn Speakman fell seriously ill with cancer and was unable to pay his medical bills, he asked his friends to help out with a story. This is the anthology that resulted from it, with the proceeds going towards paying those bills.

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Warrior Women by Paula Guran

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Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

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Warrior Women is an anthology edited by Paula Guran that puts women front and center. There are many ways to be a warrior and many ways to tell the story of one. This anthology collects a variety of stories, arranged around five different themes: Swords (&Spears&Arrows&Axes) & Sorcery, Just Yesterday & Perhaps Just Beyond Tomorrow, Somewhere Between Myth & Possibility, Space Aria and Will No War End All War?

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The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories by Algernon Blackwood

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Overall Rating of the Short Story Collection: 3 Stars


These short stories are classics for a reason. Their themes have been used and reused a lot. Which is why it was difficult for me to truly enjoy them. None of the twists were surprising. They probably were in Blackwood’s day, but now they sound a lot like stories teenagers tell themselves around a campfire.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re not bad. They are perfectly fine ghost stories. They just lost a bit of their magic with the twist.

Still, an enjoyable collection of ghost stories to get you in the mood for Halloween.


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Unnatural Creatures – Review

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Overall Rating of the Anthology: 4 Stars


This anthology is all about creatures. The stories were all chosen by Neil Gaiman and we get stories from a variety of different authors from different times. The stories range from creepy to funny to thoughtful.

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