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This anthology, the third volume in the series, contains 19 short stories by some of the top writers in this genre. Nancy Springer opens the volume with a story of a precocious young princess with a gift of discernment who unearths the controlling power of the moon goddess hidden in a golden ring. Nancy Farmer takes readers on a magical train ride into eternity. Margo Lanagan's "Ferryman" reveals the dark and dreary life of the boatman of the dead, while Jane Yolen and Adam Semple offer up the brutal, very adult retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" as a sexually abused young woman who copes with her pain by cutting herself and disappearing into a fantasy world. The selections vary in length, with some short stories, some novellas. Each work is introduced by an evocative illustration that beautifully sets the scene for the written work. The variety of styles and themes and a gathering together of so many talented writers in one work offer readers a banquet for the imagination. For fans of the genre, this is a must read.-Debra Banna, Sharon Public Library, MA
Having read Sharyn November's two other anthologies, FIREBIRDS and FIREBIRDS RISING (which included excellent examples of fantasy and science fictional works), I was somewhat disappointed by the works offered in FIREBIRDS SOARING. The selection of authors was varied and well-chosen, the works all original, and the quality of writing (for the most part) up to the standards of the genre. However, a noticeable recurring theme was the hurried conclusion of many of the tales, sometimes without linear rationale. Furthermore, a number of the stories were rather confusing. Some redeeming factors were the characters of Marly Youmans' POWER AND MAGIC, which were well-developed, and Elizabeth E. Wein's SOMETHING WORTH DOING, perhaps my favorite story in the anthology. What is interesting to note about this particular book, in comparison to the other anthologies offered by November, is that it is comprised of "speculative fiction" instead of relying only on fantasy and science fiction. Overall, however, the book was enjoyable, though I had expected something a bit more. If you're interested in reading a collection of well-written works for leisure, purchasing this anthology is "something worth doing."
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This anthology had everything an appreciatiative reader could ask for! It's stories went from something sad yet hopeful, like The Dignity He's Due by Carol Emshwiller, to something mystical like The Ghosts of Strangers by Nina Kiriki Hoffman. I say that EVERYONE should either check this book out at you're local library or but it! It's worth Every Single Penny!! Take it from me, you do not want to pass on this piece of work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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