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Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy (Riverside Series) - Jim Butcher, Holly Black, Peter S. Beagle, Patricia Briggs, Delia Sherman, Lucius Shepard, Christopher Fowler, John Crowley, Matthew Kressel, Melissa Marr, Lavie Tidhar, Richard Bowes, Kit Reed, Elizabeth Bear, Nathan Ballingrud, Jeffrey Ford, Pat Cadigan, Ellen Kushner, C A very dissimilar collection of stories and not of all of them I will call 'Urban Fantasy', its fits more as DARK FANTASY. However the Editor (Datlow) saids there are from an spectrum of the theme involving a city, to me are 2 , specially, that didn’t belong: “The Duke of Riverside” (part of the Swordpoint universe – very and literally sword and cape - entertaining) and “The Bricks of Gelecek” (a fantasy desert tale, very good by the way).

Off course there are the authors to highlight as Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, and Peter S. Beagle.

A good surprise were the until unknown to me: Delia Sherman and Elizabeth Bear.

And the others explore dark and inclusive horror, which don't appeal to the majority of readers who love the first UF writers , including me. Some, just skip.


NAKED CITY. Copyright © 2011 by Ellen Datlow.

1.“Curses” copyright © 2011 by Jim Butcher. --- Harry contracted to finish the curse over The Cubs in Chicago.
2.“How the Pooka Came to New York City” copyright © 2011 by Delia Sherman. --- The fay confronted with the city among the immigrants at early 1900's.
3.“On the Slide” copyright © 2011 by Richard Bowes
4.“The Duke of Riverside” copyright © 2011 by Ellen Kushner . --- Killer and student in the riverside.
5.“Oblivion by Calvin Klein” copyright © 2011 by Christopher Fowler --- shopholic not funny style with a turn to south.
6.“Fairy Gifts” copyright © 2011 by Patricia Briggs --- First Chinese vampire I read as protagonist. An entertaining tale.
7.“Picking Up the Pieces” copyright © 2011 by Pat Cadigan --- Something more happens at the fall of Berlin's Wall seen with other eyes.
8.“Underbridge” copyright © 2011 by Peter S. Beagle . --- An English professor and a troll. Dark fantasy.
9. “Priced to Sell” copyright © 2011 by Naomi Novik --- Real good realtor story with the supernatural community, though some pieces remind me and early LKH. Dark humor.
10. “The Bricks of Gelecek” copyright © 2011 by Matthew Kressel --- Destructo-demons in the dessert. Fantasy.
11. “Weston Walks” copyright © 2011 by Kit Reed. --- A city tale in the underground, a tale similar to José Donoso's style.
12. “The Projected Girl” copyright © 2011 by Lavie Tidhar. --- A picture of a young woman in the wall searching for safe.
13. “The Way Station” copyright © 2011 by Nathan Ballingrud
14. “Guns for the Dead” copyright © 2011 by Melissa Marr –Insert in Graveminder universe. A new dead in the Dead Town search a job.
15.“And Go Like This” copyright © 2011 by John Crowley
16.“Noble Rot” copyright © 2011 by Holly Black --- Dark -horror. A dying rock star and his friend Agatha with a turn to new hungry.
17. “Daddy Longlegs of the Evening” copyright © 2011 by Jeffrey Ford ---Horror story -plus yuk- with spiders.
18. “The Skinny Girl” copyright © 2011 by Lucius Shepard --- A photographer who loves Dead , with mexico culture Death as backdrop. Adult.
19. “The Colliers’ Venus (1893)” copyright © 2011 by Caitlín R. Kiernan --- Something very old in a mine.
20. “King Pole, Gallows Pole, Bottle Tree” copyright © 2011 by Elizabeth Bear. ---Dark fantasy. Las Vegas, phantoms and Geni Loci.