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Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy

Jim Butcher Patricia Briggs Melissa Marr Holly Black


9780312385248

St Martins Press


Fantasy


Paperback

560 pages

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In this thrilling collection of original stories some of today's hottest paranormal authors delight, thrill and captivate readers with otherworldly tales of magic and mischief. In Jim Butcher's Curses , Harry Dresden investigates how to lift a curse laid by the Fair Folk on the Chicago Cubs. In Patricia Briggs' Fairy Gifts , a vampire is called home by magic to save the Fae who freed him from a dark curse. In Melissa Marr's Guns for the Dead , the newly dead Frankie Lee seeks a job in the afterlife on the wrong side of the law. In Holly Black's Noble Rot , a dying rock star discovers that the young woman who brings him food every day has some strange appetites of her own. Featuring original stories from 20 authors, this dark, captivating, fabulous, and fantastical collection is sure to have readers coming back for more.

By:   Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Melissa Marr, Holly Black
Edited by:   Ellen Datlow
Imprint:   St Martins Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   435g
ISBN:   9780312385248
ISBN 10:   0312385242
Pages:   560
Publication Date:   November 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active


<p> This anthology of short fiction affords a superb sampling of urban fantasy, that popular sf/fantasy subgenre defined in the book's introduction (which, in all of three pages, is a welcome and helpful, to say nothing of articulate, definition of this subgenre) as a combination of the often-dark edge of city living with enticing worlds of magic --with an urban landscape being absolutely crucial to the story. To put it another way (as also expressed in the introduction, that is), where the story takes place should matter, in some way, to the story. The headliner piece, by virtue of its placement first in the collection's presentation and the name recognition of the author, is Curses, by Jim Butcher, creator of the urban-fantasy series Dresden Files. It opens like a noir detective story-- Most of my cases are pretty tame --but by page 2, we see this is Dresden Files fiction as well. The premise is a riot: the famous curse upon the Chicago Cubs has supernatural origins here. Pri

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