Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
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Firebirds Soaring edited by Sharyn November

Title: Firebirds Soaring
Editor: Sharyn November
Series: Firebirds anthologies #3
Genre: Anthology, YA fiction, speculative fiction
Pages: 574
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A cloud in the shape of a raptor hangs over the mountains. The raptor's legs are on fire - that part, perhaps, is a bit much.
First line: "Destiny, I discovered upon a fateful day in my fifteenth year, can manifest in small matters."
Best part: I love the way the editor moves smoothly from one story to another - a story with villagers gives way to a story with villagers and dragons gives way to a story of dragons and boats... it's like the difference between a mix CD and a beat-matched compilation.
Worst part: Many of the better-known authors who'd contributed wonderful works to previous volumes were absent in this one.
Imaginary Theme Song: That's tough for an anthology, but I'll go with Tom Petty's "Learning to Fly."
Grade: B-
Recommended for: Those who want to stay abreast of new developments in YA spec fic, those who have read previous volumes.
Related Reads: Firebirds edited by Sharyn November, Flights edited by , Green Man edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

My favorite stories in this edition were "Flatland" by Kara Dalkey (good enough to make me want to give her another look), "Dolly the Dog-Soldier" by Candas Jane Dorsey, "The Ghosts of Strangers" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, "Court Ship" by Sherwood Smith, and "Something Worth Doing" by Elizabeth E. Wein. There were others I liked a lot but those were the best.

Something else I like about this style of anthology is the inclusion of limited bibliographies for the represented writers, so you can easily find their works. My followup reading plans include checking out Little Sister by Kara Dalkey, rereading Crown Duel and its sequels by Sherwood Smith, and catching up on the works of Nina Kiriki Hoffman, who I simply love.
Tags: books 2009, fiction
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