Friday, August 25, 2006

New Wyrd (updated)

Just a quick note on the Wyrdsmiths' anthology, New Wyrd. It can now be purchased online through Dream Haven books' website. From the front page, enter "New Wyrd" into the search box and click the button. And there you are.

Updated: Excerpts from Michael Levy's forthcoming review in the journal of the Science Fiction Research Association, with many thanks to him for letting us post it here.

"This small anthology features a number of fine stories, most of them original. Arnason’s “Big Black Mama and Tentacle Man” is part of a series of jazzy, quasi-folktales in which the author deals with male chauvinism, body image stereotypes and similar idiocies. Naomi Kritzer’s beautifully written “Masks,” possibly the strongest story in the book, is set in a High Renaissance-like culture where heterosexuality and marriage are rigorously enforced by a corrupt priesthood containing members of both sexes. The protagonist, a gay musician, is secretly having an affair with a member of the priesthood. Lyda Morehouse’s “Jawbone of an Ass” takes the Bible story of Samson, but relocates it to contemporary Northern Ireland and features a protagonist who, through no fault of her own, finds herself on the wrong side of the angels. Kelly McCullough’s hilarious fantasy “The Basilisk Hunter” is a send up of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and the Australian series Crocodile Hunter. Sean M. Murphy’s “Cloverleaf One” quite literally puts put together research on the first cloverleaf interchange ever built and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle with considerable success. H. Courreges LeBlanc’s “How Many Horses?” is a nicely done fairytale with a message about the importance of losing the things we love. Also included are short novel excerpts from works in progress by Wyrdsmith members Douglas Hulick, Rosalind Nelson, and William G. Henry."

"In short, this is an excellent anthology. The Kritzer story is worthy of at least a mention in Datlow, Link, and Grant’s Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and all of the stories are well worth reading."

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