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.
My take on this book:
Songs Of Love and Death was for me a great book to find some new to me authors it this cross genre book. Whether your a fan of romance, science fiction or fantasy with this grouping of seventeen short stories there really is something for everyone.
One of my favorite stories in this book was new to me author Jim Butcher. In his story "Love Hurts" Someone is practicing mind manipulation, causing the victims to fall in love, lust with each other, on some level the victim knows its not what they want but can do nothing to control it so they commit suicide. With three couples found already, can Murphy and Harry figure out who the perp is before they become a victim themselves. With this story we got humor and also I like the bizarreness of the whole tale, an author I will definitely read more of!
Marjorie M. Liu was another new to me author who's contribution to this book was "After The Blood". A very weird story. I think it was one of my favorites because of the Amish mentioned and all of those cats!
While there were a few stories I didn't really care for, overall I think this grouping of short stories is well worth the read. If your looking for a book that just might introduce you to a new favorite author, I recommend picking up this book, you won't regret it!
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