George R. R. Martin – Down These Strange Streets Audiobook

George R. R. Martin – Down These Strange Streets Audiobook

George R. R. Martin – Down These Strange Streets Audiobook
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It’s actually very difficult to give five stars to an anthology these days, thanks to the mandatory man that the publisher incorporates only to appease the name-heavy crowd, and the fragile stuff brought only to titillate American teenagers. Fortunately, the “big daddy” of science fiction: Gardner Dozois, and the undisputed lord of fantasy at the moment: George R.R. Martin, do a decidedly good job by bringing the matching merchandise on display in this anthology. The covers of anthologies are often misleading, and this one is no exception, George R. R. Martin – Down These Strange Streets Audiobook  as it gives the impression that the book is popular by the “twilight”-there kind of people, apart from wearing the frankly dubious label of “urban fantasy”. The content is gritty, darker, more severe and far more than what I had apprehended.

The contents of this book are:
(*) A brilliant introduction, “The Bastard Stepchild,” by George R.R. Martin, which sets the tone for this anthology in a suitably striking way.

  • 1. “Death by Dahlia” by Charlaine Harris: a story modestly written with all-too-familiar figures that seemed to have been raised from some (much, in fact) television series rather than any literary landscape, this one was wafer-thin stuff, resembling the shiny sheet covering the real thing.
  • 2. “The Bleeding Shadow” by Joe R. Lansdale: grossly over-written, a bloated piece that began and remained a character-study piece, rather than a tense Lovecraftian horror said.
  • [I know, I know. The first two stories had been rather soporific and I had almost felt like “Oh my God, here we are again… before the storm hit!]
  • 3. “Hungry Heart” by Simon R. Green: I have not been familiar with Mr. Green’s work, and it seems that the situation needs to be corrected as soon as possible. Really dark, really hard, very fast.
  • 4. “Styx and Stones” by Steven Saylor: This historical mystery was better! In fact, after reading this one, I just had to order more books dealing with Gordianus the Finder! This story can be a classic definition of crime – detection in a disturbing context where the bizarre threat may or may not be at stake. You have to read it to appreciate things!
  • 5. “Pain and Suffering” by S.M. Stirling: Not great, but a good story, which could have been better said if the author had actually kept the ending a little more open.
  • 6. “It’s Still the Same Old Story” by Carrie Vaughn: A neat, old-fashioned, dark story of crime, violence, revenge and memories. Dark, sad, painful and very good.
  • 7. “The Lady is a Screamer” by Conn Iggulden: A good story, which lost some of its brilliance as it veered from the awesome con-man zone into the more personal territory of revenge.
  • 8. “Hellbender” by Laurie R. King: Brilliant characterization, tight pace, scary look at the science of the future, and overall superb story-telling. This one deserves a multiple reading.
  • 9. “Shadow Thieves” by Glen Cook: WHAT A BORE! The author seriously needs to learn the lessons of hard writing first, before tarnishing the paper/screen with such a chore that is tempted to be passed on as urban fantasy!
  • 10. “No Mystery, No Miracle” by Melinda M. Snodgrass: Medium History, Great Frame, Dull End.
  • 11. “The Difference Between a Puzzle and a Mystery” by M.L.N. Hanover: Awesome! We need more!
  • 12. “The Curious Affair of the Deodand” by Lisa Tuttle: The author has already given us many unforgettable stories. Now, with this story, we can only hope that it has started a great series. The writing is so good that the story, especially the protagonist duo, is practically begging for a repeated appearance. More please!
  • 13. “Lord John and The Plague of Zombies” by Diana Gabaldon: a short story that was just as mysterious, rich, hot, cold, erotic, terrifying, soporific and thrilling! I really need more of his stuff before I can evaluate the author.
  • 14. “Beware the Snake” by John Maddox Roberts: another historical mystery, and another solid artist.
  • 15. “In Red, with Pearls” by Patricia Briggs: Finally, a good black set in a totally bizarre landscape. Great!
  • 16. “The Adakian Eagle” by Bradley Denton: I can only say “Thank you” to the author, who had finally given the Ace Performer his due by showcasing it in a frightening story in the middle of space too real – time.

Overall, with the exception of a full dud, and some dull overwritten, this anthology is a great example of what can be achieved when publishers apply. Highly recommended!

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