Firebirds Rising, edited by Sharyn November (Firebird, 2006)

The second in an ongoing anthology series of YA SF/Fantasy edited by Firebird editor Sharyn November, this collection features sixteen of the very best authors working in the field today. Francesca Lia Block, Emma Bull, Charles de Lint, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kara Dalkey, Alan Dean Foster, Tanith Lee, Tamora Pierce, Ellen Klages, Diana Wynne Jones and others make this a truly irresistible book, with highly memorable stories (and at least a few future award-winners, I’d bet). Space forbids me from going into detail, but Klage’s story “In the House of the Seven Librarians” made me smile, while Bull’s story “What Used To Be Good Still Is” captures the poignancy of lost love and missed chances in a small mining town. Jones’ story “I’ll Give You My Word” is a literary feast for the word-lover, and Hoffman’s “Unwrapping” is short, but beautiful. This is an excellent book not just for YA fans, but for short fiction fans in general.

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