March 14, 2012

Wish List Wednesday #111: Ellen Datlow's "Naked City"

This is a recurring blog segment in which I highlight a book on my wish list. Sometimes it's a new release, sometimes a beloved classic, and sometimes it's a hidden gem.

Since we're midway through the Urban Fantasy Marathon, it seemed appropriate to highlight a UF title I've got on my wish list. This one isn't a novel, but an anthology, and who is a more reliable source for anthologies than Ellen Datlow?

I've had the good fortune to read quite a few of the anthologies Ellen has put together, and I don't think there's been an underwhelming one yet. Maybe I'm just lucky in avoiding any that might be less than stellar, but I suspect there isn't a bad one in the bunch. It helps that she has an insatiable appetite for short stories, and an incisive ability to choose from the very best.

The anthology I wanted to mention here is Naked City, which was published last year and focused on urban fantasy. Published by St. Martin's Griffin, the book features some big names in the genre, as well as other notable authors. I imagine, like other anthologies Ellen has put together, this one doesn't just adhere to conventional expectations of the genre, but also delves into more subtle or fringe-worthy aspects. The table of contents looks like a great sampler of the genre too, as it includes several authors whose novels I've yet to read.

Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Melissa Marr, Caitlin R. Keirnan, and Holly Black all have stories in it, plus Lavie Tidhar and Jeffrey Ford whose works I've managed to read outside the genre, among others.

So, have you heard about this book or perhaps read it? What do you think?

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