November 18, 2010

Review: Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love


IN this star-studded cross-genre anthology, seventeen of the greatest modern authors of fantasy, science fiction, and romance explore the borderlands of their genres with brand-new tales of ill-fated love. From zombie-infested woods in a postapocalyptic America to faery-haunted rural fields in eighteenth- century England, from the kingdoms of high fantasy to the alien world of a galaxy-spanning empire, these are stories of lovers who must struggle against the forces of magic and fate. 

Award-winning, bestselling author Neil Gaiman demonstrates why he’s one of the hottest stars in literature today with “The Thing About Cassandra,” a subtle but chilling story of a man who meets an old girlfriend he had never expected to see. 

International blockbuster bestselling author Diana Gabaldon sends a World War II RAF pilot through a stone circle to the time of her Outlander series in “A Leaf on the Winds of All Hallows.” Torn from all he knows, Jerry MacKenzie determinedly survives hardship and danger, intent on his goal of returning home to his wife and baby—no matter the cost. 

New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher presents “Love Hurts,” in which Harry Dresden takes on one of his deadliest adversaries and in the process is forced to confront the secret desires of his own heart. 

Just the smallest sampling promises unearthly delights, but look also for stories by New York Times bestselling romance authors Jo Beverley and Mary Jo Putney, and by such legends of the fantasy genre as Peter S. Beagle and Tanith Lee, as well as many other popular and beloved writers, including Marjorie M. Liu, Jacqueline Carey, Carrie Vaughn, and Robin Hobb. This exquisite anthology, crafted by the peerless editing team of George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, is sure to leave you under its spell. 

Discover the many realms of the heart with this extraordinary cast of acclaimed authors:

PETER S. BEAGLE
JO BEVERLEY
JIM BUTCHER
JACQUELINE CAREY
DIANA GABALDON
NEIL GAIMAN
YASMINE GALENORN
M.L.N. HANOVER
ROBIN HOBB
CECELIA HOLLAND
TANITH LEE
MARJORIE M. LIU
MARY JO PUTNEY
LINNEA SINCLAIR
MELINDA SNODGRASS
LISA TUTTLE
CARRIE VAUGHN
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I enjoyed every single story in this book.  Truth be told, I liked some better than others, but I did find each story to be unique and fun, in it's own way.  My favorites were written by Neil Gaiman, Carrie Vaugan and Jacqueline Carey.  I love anthologies because then I get to sample an author's writing and see what I like and what author's don't really appeal to me.  I've added a few new names to my "must have" list of authors thanks to this anthology.  I would give this book five stars.

Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
November 16, 2010
468 pages
$26.00 US



Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you make a purchase using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.



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13 comments:

PoCoKat said...

Sounds like a great collection of stories!

debbie said...

I love short stories.

Sarita said...

fun! short stories are great for on the go.

Deedles said...

Would love to add this to my collection.

jskell911 said...

This looks awesome! We love Jim Butcher in our house

chey said...

I'd love to read these stories!
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Sheila said...

Sounds like a juicy read.
Sheila
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Danelle said...

This really sounds good. I know I am really curious about Neil Gaiman and would love to read his.

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tallcapp said...

The thesis of this book guarantees that the collection will have interesting stories to read in it.

Laura H. said...

I'm not a huge fan of anthologies but this cross-genre of love stories looks REALLY good! If I don't win it here, I'll be adding this to my TBR list.

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Black Leather Rain said...

Neil Gaiman is a literary GOD. I have yet to see anything of his in any format that doesn't turn to gold. This must be a tremendous anthology.

Birdhouse Books said...

Great review - enjoyed reading it!

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