Songs of Love and Death

All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love

This was a good collection of shorts. Inevitably there were the ones that didn't quite make it, the ones that fell like a stone in water, and the ones that fulfilled and then some. There were some stories that worked well with the tragic ending, where the ending seemed appropriate, even fitting, but there were just as many others where it seemed like needless tear-mongering for the sake of fulfilling the theme.

Considering that there's 17 short stories in what is a normal sized book, all of the shorts are by necessity rather brief. For the sake of building up the story, some of the stories had faulty starting points with exaggerated drama that didn't ring true considering the base concepts of the stories. For all of the ones that were a bit plain, and the ones that were pretty obvious plugs for existing series of the authors, there were ones that actually built onto and deepened the existing stories and other that are quite simply little gems in their own right.

I'd suggest this book for an easy, low-threshold entry into the works of some pretty amazing authors. You're likely to meet authors that you haven't read before and pick up good stories by authors that you might already like and read.  

Book Blurb for Songs of Love and Death

IN this star-studded cross-genre anthology, seventeen of the greatest modern authors of fantasy, science fiction, and romance explore the borderlands of their genres with brand-new tales of ill-fated love. From zombie-infested woods in a postapocalyptic America to faery-haunted rural fields in eighteenth- century England, from the kingdoms of high fantasy to the alien world of a galaxy-spanning empire, these are stories of lovers who must struggle against the forces of magic and fate.

Award-winning, bestselling author Neil Gaiman demonstrates why he’s one of the hottest stars in literature today with “The Thing About Cassandra,” a subtle but chilling story of a man who meets an old girlfriend he had never expected to see.

International blockbuster bestselling author Diana Gabaldon sends a World War II RAF pilot through a stone circle to the time of her Outlander series in “A Leaf on the Winds of All Hallows.” Torn from all he knows, Jerry MacKenzie determinedly survives hardship and danger, intent on his goal of returning home to his wife and baby—no matter the cost.

New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher presents “Love Hurts,” in which Harry Dresden takes on one of his deadliest adversaries and in the process is forced to confront the secret desires of his own heart.

Just the smallest sampling promises unearthly delights, but look also for stories by New York Times bestselling romance authors Jo Beverley and Mary Jo Putney, and by such legends of the fantasy genre as Peter S. Beagle and Tanith Lee, as well as many other popular and beloved writers, including Marjorie M. Liu, Jacqueline Carey, Carrie Vaughn, and Robin Hobb. This exquisite anthology, crafted by the peerless editing team of George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, is sure to leave you under its spell.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2011 3.75