“Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy” edited by Ellen Datlow (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011)

Naked City
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The subject known as “urban fantasy” has grown to become its very own strong and prominent genre in fantasy, and yet there are still many people who have yet to read an urban fantasy book, or an urban fantasy story for that matter.  And where are said readers supposed to start with the glut of urban fantasy currently out, along with the many more works being published?  An anthology is a good place to start; this particular anthology – Naked City – is a great one.

With so many different authors writing urban fantasy, it’s hard to decide on which one to like and read.  Naked City makes that easy for the reader in offering twenty stories by different authors to get interested in and choose from.  The book kicks off with another great romping ride courtesy of Jim Butcher, and this time Harry Dresden is on the case of the Chicago Cubs curse.  Naomi Novik’s entertaining tale, “Priced to Sell,” is about vampires buying real estate in Manhattan.  Patricia Brigg’s “Fairy Gifts” features a vampire called home to save those who freed him from a curse.  Melissa Marr’s “Guns for the Dead” is the story of a dead man trying to get by in the afterlife, who keeps falling into trouble.

In the introduction, popular and prolific editor Ellen Datlow talks about the important of place in Naked City, with most of the stories featuring an important location as their focus point.  Readers will learn lots about various towns across America in Naked City, as well as some other places not found on any known map.

Originally written on September 21, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.

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