Bewere the Night, by Holly Black, Sandra McDonald, Elizabeth Hand

sadpear's review against another edition

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thistlechaser's review

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A series of short stories about were-animals. The first story was outstanding. Set in a future, destroyed version of our world, there were Crow Lords (men who could turn into a dozen crows), Fox Girls (werefoxes, always female), and a small handful of humans. The Fox Girls apparently lived forever(? or a seriously long time), and the three groups were at war. The story followed one Fox Girl as the Crow Lords tried to use her against the humans. I would have happily read a whole book based on that world, the characters, and the magic system.

Unfortunately the next three stories were a miss for me. Since I'm no longer permitting myself to fall for anthologies' traps (put the best story first so people keep reading hoping for another one that good, and put the second best one last so the reader is left with a good impression of the book), I stopped reading after those few duds (13%).

lamusadelils's review

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Me gustan las antologías que tienen un tema tan bien definido pero un riesgo suele ser que sean repetitivas.

En este caso, cada autor acordó el tema desde perspectivas tan diferentes que no llegan a coincidir realmente. Curiosamente, en estas páginas no encontrarán hombres lobo, sino selkies, personas zorro o tigre.

Tristemente, la calidad de las historias varía mucho,. Aunque no odié ninguna, me hubiera gustado que aprovecharan mas los elementos culturales que utilizaron, y creo que por lo mismo hubieran funcionado igual sin ser tan sangrientas.

jshaden's review

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An above average collection of transformation stories. Especially memorable were the grotesque (gargoyle) story, the were-jellyfish story, and several based on non-European shapeshifter myths, such as the Japanese kitsune, Native American, and Central American traditions.

vailynst's review

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I started this book with the idea that I would have fun exploring short stories by authors I know and get to know those I don't. The topic seemed interesting and there are some familiar names on the list. Out of the first six stories, the only one that I enjoyed reading was 'Go Home Stranger' by Justin Howe. It was excellent and I look forward to reading more by him.

'A Song to the Moon' by Richard Bowes was a disaster that went on forever. I have no idea why anyone would pick that ill-written piece to be included into a collection. That was when I gave up on the book and lost any interest in reading a collection edited by Sedia.

It's hard to write a good short story. It's easier to forgive a novel for mistakes because there's time and length to smooth over the rough edges. Short stories require a different skill set than writing a full novel. Just like it's easy to find bad to mediocre books on Kindle for cheap, it's easy to find crappy short stories. Life is too short to waste on reading junk and if there are other gems in this book, perhaps they will show up elsewhere and be acknowledged for being a good piece.

cejaypi's review against another edition

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A few of the stories were great, made me interested in finding more of those authors work. A few of the stories that i actually looked forward to, because I knew of the authors, were disappointments!