ed. by Terri Windling
and Ellen Datlow
I finished this one in a hurry last night because it was due back at the library. So my thoughts on the last few stories are sketchier than for some of the earlier ones.
I liked "Catnyp" by Delia Sherman quite a bit. It had a fun twist on even the Beauty and the Beast, heroine saving the hero, theme. And I (naturally) loved the library setting.
"Your Garnet Eyes" by Katherine Vaz was gorgeous: beautifully written, with lovely characterization, and an unusual and interesting setting.
I found "The Faery Handbag" by Kelly Link to be unexpected and haunting. It was also a little bittersweet in the way some fairy tales are. It had a sense of hope, without tying things up too neatly.
I really, really liked "Immersed in Matter" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman. I felt that it successfully managed to avoid the "I'm doing a fairy tale variation now" feeling. There was also a lovely use of first person, and I really enjoyed the world building, which felt unusually complete for a short story.
The major disappointment of the book was "Undine" by Patricia McKillip. The conflict felt out of place and forced, as well as very Message-y (I don't care what the message is, if I feel like the author is writing a story to make a point, I'm not going to like it).
I also liked A. M. Dellamonica's "Dream-eaters," which restored my faith in urban fantasy (I am not keen on that genre, for the most part. I may have read all the wrong books though).
Overall, I thought it was a strong anthology, certainly much stronger than the other Windling/Datlow anthologies I've read.
Book source: Western Oregon