A Rogue Librarian's Reading List











{June 20, 2011}   Teeth

Plot: Ellen Daltow and Terri Windling present twenty tales of vampires from some of the greatest authors in YA fiction today. Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix and many more offer us, as Datlow and Windling, a collection of vampire stories that you can really sink your teeth into.

Before you dismiss this anthology as just another vampire book, read Genevieve Valentine’s tale of a young jiang-shi, a Chinese vampire, entitled Things to Know About Being Dead. It sets the tone for what is a unique collection of stories that brings fresh blood (if you’ll forgive the pun) to an oversaturated genre. Some of the tales are romantic but most are not; there are stories for all types of vampire fans and some I could not even have imagined (such as Garth Nix’s Amish vampire story).

Some of my favorite stories include The Perfect Dinner Party by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black about two vampire siblings finding their place in the world, Best Friends Forever by Cecil Castellucci about the friendship between a vampire and a dying girl and The List of Definite Endings by Kaaron Warren about a vampire who brings relief to those who are already dying. But I’d be hard pressed to name a story I disliked. Meanwhile the introduction to the anthology presents a concise and fascinating overview of vampire mythology throughout history and the world.

Contents

Things to Know About Being Dead by Genevieve Valentine

All Smiles by Steve Berman

Gap Year by Christopher Barzak

Bloody Sunrise by Neil Gaiman

Flying by Delia Sherman

Vampire Weather by Garth NIx

Late Bloomer by Suzy McKee Charnas

The List of Definite Endings by Kaaron Warren

Best Friends Forever by Cecil Castellucci

Sit the Dead by Jeffrey Ford

Sunbleached by Nathan Ballingrud

Baby by Kathe Koja

In the Future when All’s Well by Catherynne M. Valente

Transition by Melissa Marr

 History by Ellen Kushner

The Perfect Dinner Party by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Slice of Life by Lucius Shepard

My Generation by Emma Bull

Why Light? by Tanith Lee

Challenges: None

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H.L.Fatnassi says:

Oh, I just reread this entry and realized it was an Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling anthology. They’ve put together some really nice anthologies in the past – I very much enjoyed the fairy tale retellings they presented in “Snow White, Blood Red”, “Black Thorn, White Rose”, and “Black Heart, Ivory Bones”. If they put this together, it puts it much higher up on my “to read” pile.



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