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Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy

Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy (Riverside Series) - Ellen Datlow, CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan, Ellen Kushner, Pat Cadigan, Jeffrey Ford, Nathan Ballingrud, Elizabeth Bear, Kit Reed, Peter S. Beagle, Richard Bowes, Lavie Tidhar, Melissa Marr, Matthew Kressel, John Crowley, Lucius Shepard, Delia Sherman, Patricia Briggs, Holly Black, Typical of pretty much all of these UF anthologies, there are some really good stories and then some really bad ones. As per usual when he has a story in one of them, Jim Butcher's story was the best. He has truly mastered the art of the short story. This one about who really placed the curse on the Cubs is the first in the book and the best, by far. The other good ones were Fairy Gifts by Patricia Briggs, Picking Up the Pieces by Pat Cadigan (about the fall of the Berlin Wall), Priced To Sell by Naomi Novik, Noble Rot by Holly Black & The Skinny Girl by Lucius Shepard. One of the better anthologies I've read in awhile.