I haven't been a huge fan of short stories because they always seem to be so-so, but this collection was fantastic. I liked every single story, although I did like some more than others. MZB definitely knew how to recognize a damn good story. It also makes me think about writers - I think writing novels and writing stories take different types of talents. Some have both but some writers have only one. And I think some of the stories I've been disappointed in lately have been written by novelists - the story seems to be missing something or feels like it should actually be a longer work. I didn't get that feeling with any of the stories in this book. They all felt like short self-contained episodes. I'm looking forward to reading the other volumes edited by MZB.
This is the first of MZB's collectins of short stories of heroic fantasy by various, mostly young, authors. Some of the authors include Phillys Ann Karr, Glen Cook, Stephen Burns, Emma Bull, Charles Saunders, Charles de Lint, Deborah Wheeler, Jennifer Roberson, Diana Paxon et al.