Apr 3, 2013

Ditmars 2013–Best Collected Work

Epilogue_lg_mediumA category dominated by the dedicated (some say slightly unhinged) folk that dedicate their lives and mortgages to bringing us collections of short fiction, a section that speaks of love of the genre. They unearth and support neophyte writers, connive with mistresses and masters of craft to bring us work that might not fit less imaginative markets.

I own all the works on the list, but in what sounds like a familiar tune, I haven’t had time to read them all.  The Twelve Planets are nice, bite sized collections easily devoured the others in the list, particularly the last, are treasure troves that really do need time to sit own and ponder over.

So I have read Cracklescape, Through Splintered Walls, Light Touch Paper…, and have dipped in and out of the others. 

And the difficulty here as in some other sections is that they are almost all different beasts. I don’t know that you can really compare them other than to try and go with an intuitive gut feeling about which one made the greater impression.  A method that invariably leaves books I have barely read at a disadvantage.

Best Collected Work

  • Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth
    Planet Press)
  • Epilogue, edited by Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing)
  • Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren, edited by Alisa Krasnostein
    (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Light Touch Paper Stand Clear, edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon
    Petrie (Peggy Bright Books)
  • Midnight and Moonshine by Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter, edited
    by Russell B. Farr (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011, edited by Liz
    Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)

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