Green Man Review and the Hudson Current

Deborah Brannon wrote a very insightful review of Paper Cities for the Green Man Review.  She says, “The stories will put the feet of anyone who reads them on the road to understanding that cities are alive.”  And while she did not love every story, she raved about several of them.  What I’ve been discovering, generally, is that one person’s favorite is another’s not so favorite.  In an anthology with twenty one stories, you really can’t go wrong.  There are stories to satisfy every taste.

Read the full review here.

Also this week, The Hudson Current interviewed Ekaterina Sedia and yours truly about Paper Cities.   Ekaterina says in the interview, “We usually think of myths as being very old.  I think in several stories there is really a sense where you feel that an entirely new mythology has been created.”

You can read the full interview here.

Booklist reviews Paper Cities

Booklist reviews Paper Cities in their March 1st issue:

The action of the stories of Paper Cities occurs, in some manner or another, in an urban setting. Their other aspects are as various as one could imagine. The collection opens with Forrest Aguirre’s “Andretto Walks the King’s Way,” set around a carnival and the arrival of plague. That’s followed by Hal Duncan’s characteristically bizarre and fascinating “The Tower of Morning’s Bones,” with its elements of familiar mythologies and a certain amount of nearly cyberpunk technology. The closer is Catherynne M. Valente’s “Palimpsest,” which denominates an ever-shifting city in which the vermin are made in a factory and maps appear on people’s skin. Other stories are about street kids, doomed love, the children of office workers and photocopiers, and ghosts; their settings range from the suburbs to the cities of the future; and their approaches to the idea of the urban, what urbs are, and how we might interact with them as they become ever more fantastic, are wildly varied, intensely satisfying.”

Fantasy Magazine reviews Paper Cities

Rich Horton reviews Paper Cities for Fantasy Magazine.

Paper Cities is subtitled ‘An Anthology of Urban Fantasy’. ‘Ahhh!’, I thought, ‘A bunch of stories about irruptions of magic in a contemporary city. (Probably either Minneapolis or Seattle, or somewhere in Canada.)’ Not sure how many of those I could have stomached all in a row, fine as they can be on occasion. But this book defines ‘Urban Fantasy’ rather more expansively. Indeed, the great bulk of the stories are set in secondary worlds, albeit indeed in cities in those worlds. There is no question that makes the book more interesting in a sense. In many cases the ‘urbanness’ of the stories is sort of a side issue, at least in that many of the stories are not in any real sense about the experience of living in an urban environment. Which doesn’t mean they don’t work!”

Read the full review here.

Another Paper Cities Review

First off, thanks to all those who purchased Paper Cities this week for pre-order. Thank you! Your orders will ship or or around April 1st.

Alex Dally MacFarlane reviews Paper Cities on her blog. Among many praises, she says:

“What makes this anthology so strong is its variety. Variety in setting, topics, prose. Among the cities modern and old, familiar and strange, cities where it rains vinegar or where an escape artist captivates the population, a suburbia where toys are threats, underwater cities or a city on people’s flesh, every reader is likely to find his or her own favourites. And with the overall quality high, readers of different tastes will not be disappointed.”

You can read the full review here.

Last Short Story reviews Paper Cities

Ben Payne from the Last Short Story review site says this about Paper Cities:

“So my favourite anthology of the year so far is the Paper Cities anthology, from Senses Five Press. Edited by Ekaterina Sedia, it’s firmly in the genre of the new fantasy trends toward “New Weird” for want of a better descriptor; fantasy that at least toys with, sometimes utterly undoes traditional fantasy tropes. Paper Cities is without doubt one of the most consistently good collections I’ve read in the genre thus far, and I hope that it is the beginning of more collections from Senses Five.”

He goes on to praise and review the stories by Cat Rambo, Richard Parks, Ben Peek, and Kaaron Warren.

You can read the full review here.