Anthology Review: Street Magicks ed. by Paula Guran

Street MagicksStreet Magicks by Paula Guran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reasonably inferred from the cover and title, this anthology contains a fair amount of urban fantasy in its menagerie of magical environments. However, it also explores other-realm magic and even absurdist magic. Some have clear rules to their magic with established routes of learning and perfecting, and others show landscapes subtly and conspicuously imbued with magic.

My favorites of the collection are each 5-star inclusions. Jim Butcher’s “Last Call” presents a stand-alone glimpse of his modern day Chicago wizard-detective, Harry Dresden, in the noir style. Charles de Lint’s “Freewheeling” beautifully portrays the magical world-view of a Spectrum-like street kid. San Francisco gets star-treatment in Ellen Klages’ heartbreaking “Caligo Lane” in which a cartographer uses her magic in an attempt to save war victims. Finally, Scott Lynch’s novella, A Year and a Day in Old Theradane, shows a fantasy world dripping with magic and the rogues trying to make a dishonest living among the fallout.

I’ve reviewed all of the included stories on my blog. They are:
Bear, Elizabeth–“One-Eyed Jack and the Suicide King”–4 stars
Ford, Jeffrey–“The Last Triangle”–4 stars
Howard, Kat–“Painted Birds and Shivered Bones”–4 stars
Kiernan, Caitlin R.–“Bridle”–4 stars
Lake, Jay–“A Water Matter”–4 stars
Monette, Sarah–“A Night in Electric Squidland”–4 stars
Gaiman, Neil–“The Goldfish Pond and Other Stories”–3 stars
Green, Simon R.–“The Spirit of the Thing” (Nightside)–3 stars
Shawl, Nisi–“Street Worm”–3 stars
Sherman, Delia–“Socks”–3 stars
Shirley, John–“Ash”–3 stars
Lafferty, R. A.–“In Our Block”–2 stars
Okorafor, Nnedi–“Hello, Moto”–2 stars
Silverthorne, Lisa–“Speechless in Seattle”–2 stars
Valente, Catherynne M.–“Palimpsest”–2 stars
Warren, Kaaron–“Working for the God of the Love of Money”–2 stars

I received this new anthology from Netgalley. I’ve consistently enjoyed the anthologies curated by Paula Guran having previously read:
     After the End: Recent Apocalypses–4 stars
     Extreme Zombies–4 stars
     Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep–4 stars
     New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird–3 stars
     The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2010–3 stars
     The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2015-4 stars
     The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas: 2015–4 stars

[Check out my other reviews here.]


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