Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy 3

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A city in a bottle. Kings. Genies. Jane Austen and Frankenstein. Grandmothers at sea . . . The acclaimed Best American Fantasy series continues with 20 stories chosen by best-selling writer Kevin Brockmeier. With stories by established writers, such as Peter S. Beagle, Laura Kasischke, Jeffrey Ford, and Lisa Goldstein, alongside tales by brilliant newcomers like Kellie Wells, Thomas Glave, Ryan Boudinot, and Rebecca Makkai, Real Unreal delivers a richly diverse experience of contemporary fiction. Guest editor ...
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Overview


A city in a bottle. Kings. Genies. Jane Austen and Frankenstein. Grandmothers at sea . . . The acclaimed Best American Fantasy series continues with 20 stories chosen by best-selling writer Kevin Brockmeier. With stories by established writers, such as Peter S. Beagle, Laura Kasischke, Jeffrey Ford, and Lisa Goldstein, alongside tales by brilliant newcomers like Kellie Wells, Thomas Glave, Ryan Boudinot, and Rebecca Makkai, Real Unreal delivers a richly diverse experience of contemporary fiction. Guest editor Brockmeier knows fantasy inside and out: he is the recipient of three O. Henry Awards, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and an Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award. His stories have been published widely, including The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney's, and The Oxford American, and have been reprinted in Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and the first volume of The Best American Fantasy.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Brockmeier (The Brief History of the Dead) compiles 20 eclectic and exceptional stories that “graft” fantasy with realistic fiction for this third installment of the annual anthology cofounded by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Standout selections include Stephen King's poignant “The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates,” in which a woman receives a phone call from her recently deceased husband, and two World Fantasy Award finalists: Peter S. Beagle's “Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel,” an exploration of redemption and salvation as an angel demands to be a 76-year-old painter's muse, and John Kessel's “Pride and Prometheus,” a mashup uniting Pride and Prejudice's plain sister, Mary Bennet, and Victor Frankenstein. These and other wildly imaginative tales will appeal to fans of fantasy and literary fiction alike. (Feb.)
Library Journal
From Ramona Ausubel's surrealistic tale of a ship filled with grandmothers on a voyage to nowhere ("Safe Passage") to Katie Williams's quirky look at a world both like and unlike our own ("Serials"), this collection of 20 stories by a group of modern authors that includes Lisa Goldstein, Peter S. Beagle, and Stephen King presents a varied collection of speculative and imaginative fiction that stretches the boundaries of fantasy. VERDICT Stylistic elegance and literary acumen mark these stories, which will appeal primarily to fans of literary fiction.
The Barnes & Noble Review

Since its inception in 2008, Underland Press has illustrated-by the small run of superior books it has so far published-the value of having a strong and individual creative vision guiding an enterprise, in place of a diffuse and lowest-common-denominator corporate consensus.

Underland is the brainchild of Victoria Blake, previously an editor for the prose-centric offerings at Dark Horse Comics. With modest capital, intelligent publicity, and a keenly refined taste, Blake has assembled a roster of first-class fantastical authors, all with an eye toward bringing the reader "macabre monsters and magic and men with nothing to lose." The fourth book in her line, Jeff VanderMeer's Finch, has perhaps garnered the most attention, due in part to an ingenious DIY booktour engineered by the author. But the other items in Underland's catalogue also stand out as lively, arresting publications.

After the success of their fourth novel release, VanderMeer's Finch, Underland followed up with a volume of short fiction, Real Unreal: The Best American Fantasy 3, edited by Kevin Brockmeier. It seems a cannily tendentious move, a banner proudly hoisted aloft to indicate the press's desire to blur boundaries. Brockmeier himself is an author who straddles genre and mainstream camps, and his choices for the year's outstanding stories of the fantastic illustrate the varieties of interstitial goodness being published these days. In a grand ecumenical literary carnival, David Ackert (two published stories in his CV) stands next to Stephen King, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fictionconverses with The Kenyon Review, and dainty allegories mingle with pulpish superheroes.

--From Paul Di Filippo's "Small Press Spotlight" column on Barnes & Noble Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980226089
  • Publisher: Resurrection House
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 1,267,865
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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