Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014

Ellen Datlow Carl Engle-Laird Liz Gorinsky David G. Hartwell Patrick Nielsen Hayden Peter Joseph Marco Palmieri Paul Stevens

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Some of the Best from Tor com A collection of some of the best original short fiction published on Tor in Contents As Good As New by Charlie Jane AndersThe End of the End of Everything by Dale BaileyMrs Sorensen and the Sasqu

  • Title: Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014
  • Author: Ellen Datlow Carl Engle-Laird Liz Gorinsky David G. Hartwell Patrick Nielsen Hayden Peter Joseph Marco Palmieri Paul Stevens
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  • A collection of some of the best original short fiction published on Tor in 2014 Contents As Good As New by Charlie Jane AndersThe End of the End of Everything by Dale BaileyMrs Sorensen and the Sasquatch by Kelly BarnhillSleep Walking Now and Then by Richard BowesDaughter of Necessity by Marie BrennanBrisk Money by Adam ChristopherA Cost Benefit Analysis of the PropA collection of some of the best original short fiction published on Tor in 2014 Contents As Good As New by Charlie Jane AndersThe End of the End of Everything by Dale BaileyMrs Sorensen and the Sasquatch by Kelly BarnhillSleep Walking Now and Then by Richard BowesDaughter of Necessity by Marie BrennanBrisk Money by Adam ChristopherA Cost Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Trade Offs for the Overhaul of the Barricade by John ChuThe Color of Paradox by A.M DellamonicaThe Litany of Earth by Ruthanna EmrysA Kiss With Teeth by Max GladstoneA Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Starby Kathleen Ann GoonanCold Wind by Nicola GriffithThe Tallest Doll in New York City by Maria Dahvana HeadleyWhere the Trains Turn by Pasi Ilmari J skel inenCombustion Hour by Yoon Ha LeeReborn by Ken LiuMidway Relics and Dying Breeds by Seanan McGuireAngie by Daniel Jos OlderAnywayThe Mothers of Voorhisville by Mary RickertAn Oral History of Haden s Syndrome by John ScalziUnlockedAmong the Thorns by Veronica SchanoesThe Insects of Love by Genevieve ValentineSleeper by Jo WaltonThe Devil in America by Kai Ashante WilsonIn the Sight of Akresa by Ray WoodA Cup of Salt Tearsby Isabel Yap

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    1. Mike on said:

      I've had this on my Kindle for a while, having picked it up when it was free. I've delayed reading it, because I often don't like the stories published at Tor--my impression, from reading the occasional one, is that they're darker than I prefer, and rely too often on standing back and pelting the characters with adversity to get an emotional reaction from the audience. Since it's probably the highest-paying market in SF, though, I wanted to get a better idea of what they publish. Possibly relate [...]

    2. **✿❀ Maki ❀✿** on said:

      As Good as New - Charlie Jane Anders. It's a story of post-apocalyptic wishes gone wrong, and a playwright/surgeon.The End of the End of Everything - Dale Bailey. Another post-apocalyptic story, but where As Good as New was hopeful about the world being saved, The End of the End of Everything just accepts that humanity is doomed. Mrs Sorensen and the Sasquatch - Kelly Barnhill. It's full of Sasquatch lovin'.Sleep Walking Now and Then - Richard Bowes. I liked the idea of interactive plays, and th [...]

    3. Shel on said:

      Nice little collection, and it was a free download! Some I loved, a few didn't really do it for me. I read them all except the Scalzi story, because it looks like a prequel to Lock In, which I'm hoping to read first and then. One back to the story.

    4. Julie on said:

      So I finally finished it, with just 4 days left of the year to go!! I've talked about this before, but I have a perpetual problem with anthologies, in which the stop-and-start pace and unknown quality of the writing means it takes me much longer to get through them -- I'll tear through a story that I love, but then be disappointed that it's over already. I'll drag my heels through a story that I hate, then I'll be quietly wary to start the next one, because I'm not sure what awaits me. It's not [...]

    5. Masanobu on said:

      Gut rating, i.e. the rating I feel it should get: 4 starsAverage rating for the stories: 3.15 starsThis anthology, as any other short story collection out there, is a mixed bag. A 3-star rating would be just, since it includes stories I hated or disliked and stories I enjoyed and loved. However, there is a discrepancy between what would be the average rating and what I feel this collection deserves. I really, really liked this. It honestly felt like a 4-star book, which I guess means the good st [...]

    6. Carol on said:

      Charlie Jane Andrews "As Good as New": Clever tale about the end of the world and a genie in a bottle. ****Dale Bailey "The End of the End of Everything": Super depressing end of the world story- written extremely well but the characters are people I sure as hell wouldn't be hanging out with in that situation. *** three stars only because of those damned awful characters.Kelly Barnhill "Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch" Erm, I'm not really sure what the author was trying to say: pro-animal, equal [...]

    7. Tomislav on said:

      I downloaded this free ebook anthology of science fiction and short stories, novelettes, and novellas for kindle. I have previously read the 2011 and 2012 anthologies, but this one is over double those in size. 28 stories. 719 pages according to , although the concept of a page is somewhat problematic.Some of these have been nominated for a 2015 Nebula award; the winners have not yet been announced.Sleep Walking Now and Then, by Richard Bowes (novelette)The Mothers of Voorhisville, by Mary Ricke [...]

    8. Julia O'Connell on said:

      Finally got around to finishing this's quite long. The book is a collection of a large number of sci-fi & fantasy stories. Some of the stories are absolutely amazing, and othersless so. One of my favorite stories was called "A Kiss With Teeth" by Max Gladstone--a really cute story about a vampire trying to be a normal father. I also really enjoyed "Unlocked: And Oral History of Haden's Syndrome" by John Scalzi which basically read like World War Z meets I-Robot.Others I enjoyed included:-"Th [...]

    9. Joel Neff on said:

      As Good As New by Charlie Jane Anders— Really charming take on both the end of the world and the genie in the bottle. 4/5The End of the End of Everything by Dale Bailey— Fascinating look at the end times and whether art for art’s sake is enough to make life worth living in the face of the end. 5/5Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch by Kelly Barnhill— This was fun. Kind of a Circe for modern times, only with acceptance instead of revenge as the theme. 4/5Sleep Walking Now and Then by Richard [...]

    10. Spiegel on said:

      There were a few stories that I didn't like at all, but overall, a nice collection. As Good as New - Charlie Jane Anders.Nice, but didn't really stick to my memory.The End of the End of Everything - Dale Bailey.Depressing, but that's it. Mrs Sorensen and the Sasquatch - Kelly Barnhill. This was sweet and funny at times, but it frustrates me a bit that it's a story about a magical woman seen from a distance, instead of her being the actual protagonist.Sleep Walking Now and Then - Richard Bowes. I [...]

    11. G33z3r on said:

      Always enjoyable stories from Tor.Liu's "Reborn" uses a revamped world after an alien conquest to look at the role of memory in who we are. Where PK Dick's "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" (Total Recall) looked at adding false memories be the same as having actually done/experienced it, Liu considers whether if no one, including yourself, remembers your bad acts, are you absolved of guilt? And if you know you won't remember doing something, is it worth doing? Are we the sum of what we've d [...]

    12. Jim on said:

      Certainly the right price, it was available for free from Tor here:tor/blogs/2015/01/some“As Good As New”by Charlie Jane Anders (Short Story) 4 stars. Short & very good.“The End of the End of Everything”by Dale Bailey (Novelette): 3 stars. Pretty horrible, but how would I spend my time at the end of everything?“Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch”by Kelly Barnhill (Short Story) 3 stars. Fun, short fantasy story with a air of the fairy tale about it, even though it's set in the presen [...]

    13. Katherine on said:

      This collection of short stories and novellas is one of the best anthologies I've ever read. The fact that it was free made it all the more enticing - who doesn't love free books? This sort of thing is why I love ebooks; a collection like this in hardcopy would be completely unwieldy and intimidating, but as an ebook collection it works perfectly. Each of the stories merits a review of its own, which I will post individually to benefit their authors. Some of my favorites were the following: The [...]

    14. Dan'l Danehy-oakes on said:

      Unthemed, multi-author collections of stories are difficult to review, and this is no exception. There wasn't a story in it that I didn't enjoy. A couple creeped me out successfully, and a couple moved me deeply. But I can't bring myself to give it five stars, and I'm not sure why.Ellen Datlow (if this wasn't already obvious) is a talented, skilled editor who finds stories worth reading and puts them in front of the public. She has gathered here, as I understand it, stories first published on th [...]

    15. Francesca on said:

      - “As Good As New” by Charlie Jane Anders (Short Story): 4-4.5/5- “The End of the End of Everything” by Dale Bailey (Novelette): 2.5-3/5- “Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch” by Kelly Barnhill (Short Story): 2.5/5- “Sleep Walking Now and Then” by Richard Bowes (Novelette): 2.5/5- “Daughter of Necessity” by Marie Brennan (Short Story): 3.5-4/5- “Brisk Money” by Adam Christopher (Novelette): 3.5/5- “A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Trade-Offs for the Overhaul of the B [...]

    16. Margot on said:

      There were some really really great stories in this collection, including:As Good as New by Charlie Jane AndersThe End of the End of Everything by Dale BaileyBrisk Money by Adam ChristopherUnlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome by John ScalziThere were also a couple very painful ones as well, which often caused me to set down the book for months at a time, including: A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star by Kathleen Ann GoonanCombustion Hour by Yoon Ha Le [...]

    17. Peter on said:

      This is an ebook collection of what the editor thinks were some of the best stories published on Tor in 2014. Any short story book is a mixed bag. But in this one, it generally felt unsuited to my tastes. Mainly, there wasn't enough SF, compared to fantasy. There were some stories that I didn't see any value in, and a number of others where the style seemed to be the point rather than the story, too many stories that I'd call 'fables' (which I like even less than fantasy), and too many that were [...]

    18. Mark on said:

      The stories in this collection were generally well-written and interesting, but after the first few I found myself growing listless and skipping stories that didn't catch my attention within the first few paragraphs. It seems like most of the stories are dystopian in nature--forgoing conflict for a general sense of doom and it's impact on the characters in the story. While I don't necessarily need a classic villain for our heroes to combat in an epic struggle of good versus evil, I can't read a [...]

    19. Belinda Lewis on said:

      Fantastic anthology - which was also free for download because Tor is awesome.Favourites:The hauntingly bleak "The End of Everything" by Dale BaileyThe strangely sweet "Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch" by Kelly Barnhill"A Kiss with Teeth" by Max Gladstone because there *are* still vampire stories that need to be toldUrban fantasy at its best "Cold Wind" by Nicola Griffith"Midway Relics and Dying Breeds" by Seanan McGuire for a retro futuristic travelling circus""The Mothers of Voorhisville" by M [...]

    20. Joan on said:

      As the title indicates, this anthology contains "some of the best" 2014 stories published by Tor. All of the stories are excellent, although in the way of these things I preferred some efforts to others. The pricing on the kindle edition was unbeatable but at the same time worrisome. I realize the days when F. Scott Fitzgerald could put his daughter through college on the sale of a few short stories are long over, but I'm sure the authors would like some remuneration, no matter how minor, for th [...]

    21. Michael Sump on said:

      The Best of Tor 2014 is the most enjoyable collection of short stories I’ve read in a long time. Tor, if you don’t know, is a website committed to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. I never read the latter two and only occasionally read Science Fiction, but this collection is somewhat different. I would describe most of the stories as utopian or dystopian or perhaps "alternate or projected histories." In general, the stories were enjoyable and thought provoking. I didn’t like them all, [...]

    22. William Lovas on said:

      Bit of a slog because it was long and the quality spotty, but there were definitely some great stories in there! Some favorites include the Litany of Earth, the Color of Paradox (reminded me a bit of Connie Willis), and the Mothers of Voorhisville. Of course, finding a really good one always slowed me down a bit because I wasn't ready to leave that universe! Damn my completionism, but there it is.

    23. Roger on said:

      I'm finished, finally. If this is some of the best of Tor I'm concerned for Tor's future as a publisher. There was more bad than good in this book and for no longer than the book was it took forever to read since it couldn't hold my interest. The only good thing about the book was the priceFree! I'm glad of that, I wish I had my week back.

    24. Bill Walker on said:

      A good mix of styles and formats from some great authors. There is a lack of consistency, however, in the quality of choices. This lack of consistency meant several stories just did not pull me in. This is my subjective opinion, however, and none of the stories were *bad* per se. I just couldn't get in to some of them. Still worth the read for those stories that do hit the spot.

    25. Patiscynical on said:

      Interesting. Thought-provoking. Memorable.Wow. There are some excellent short stories here. A vast variety of science fiction and fantasy stories, stories that will make you Think. You'll wake up and find yourself still thinking of a particular story. Results: read this. Well worth your time.

    26. Giulia on said:

      My favourite stories were: Max Gladstone "A kiss with teeth", Ruthann Emrys "The litany of the Earth", Isabel Yap "A cup of salt tears",Kathleen Ann Goonan "A short history of the twentieth century, or, when you wish upon a star".Honorable mentions to Ken Liu "Reborn"Daniel Jose Older "Anyway: Angie"Charlie Jane Anders "As good as new"

    27. Rebecca on said:

      There were quite a few horror stories in this bunch, and the collection started out slowly, but the stories themselves were very well written, covered a diverse range of lives and people, and some I didn't want to end.

    28. Michelle on said:

      This thing clocks in at a whopping 700+ pages so I'm glad I got it on my kindle. Not a dud in the bunch.

    29. Ricky Kimsey on said:

      2014 EditionAnother collection of stories from the Tor website that were published in 2014. The stories cover all forms of fantasy and science fiction and feature characters and settings not usually found in the genre.

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