A collection of YA short stories Yet another clunker from Charles DeLint, another terrifically imaginative story from Diana Wynne Jones, and several stories that felt all too much like snippets from a novel Francesca Lia Block s story was literally just one of her dreams, transcribed not a good read There was no point to Tanith Lee s lackluster The House on the Planet Kelly Link s The Wizards of Perfil was evocative, if a little too surreal in places Ellen Klages In the House of the Seven Librarians doesn t delve deep but IS a really fun, comfortable read it s the tale of seven librarians who shut themselves up in a library and raise a baby, with lots of sensory details and librarian in jokes The best story is Kara Dalkey s Hives As Oyceter said, it has a modern, truly teen oriented tone that echoes Scott Westerfeld s Pretties series In Hives, a certain kind of cell phone hooks directly to your brain, leading to incredibly powerful, addictive cliques The concept is chilling, the world building intense, and I loved the main character. Best Books, Firebirds Rising An Original Anthology Of Science Fiction And Fantasy By Sharyn November This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Firebirds Rising An Original Anthology Of Science Fiction And Fantasy, Essay By Sharyn November Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Not a collection where all stories are good I ended up skimming a lot of them If you read only one story out of this anthology, let it be Kara Dalkey s Hives mean girls in future, who are joined into cliques hives via 24 7 addictive, straight to brain cell communication A disconnect from a hive can be lethal Great story with enough meat for a whole book.The others worth reading The Real Thing by Allison Goodman time travel school and a cute telepathic alien Perception by Alan Dean Foster again, aliens Quill by Carol Emswiller aliens and Wintermoon Wish by Sharon Shinn a Christmasy feel good story.In case you haven t noticed, I pretty much liked almost all sci fi shorts and only one fantasy story. I originally went in search of this book because a friend thought I would enjoy the story In the House of the Seven Librarians, and told me that some of the other stories were pretty good too I picked it up and discovered that it was populated with some extremely well known sf fantasy authors So I sat down to read the whole thing.As in every anthology, there are some stories that are better than others, and some authors that I historically don t like But I found one stand out author whose work is new to me Alison Goodman And her story is apparently a side story from a previously published book So, I will certainly be following up on that I really appreciated some of the choices that the editor, Sharyn November, made in putting this book together She put the author bio and discussion of the story in the pages immediately following each story instead of the end of the book Plus, she deliberately chose the order of the stories in such a way that you could read them in order if you so choose which is my preferred method, and I know it puts me in the minority.This is a YA book, and some of the stories are directly aimed at teens But there is much here for an adult reader to savor as well if the YA stories are not your thing Highly recommended, and I will be checking out the other anthologies in this series. Another excellent collection, just as good as the first one I liked that several of the stories were SF I don t remember much, if any, SF in Firebirds though I m thinking I need to reread it , and one of the SF stories here, Alison Goodman s The Real Thing , was one of my favorites of the collection Other standouts for me were Diana Wynne Jones s I ll Give You My Word , Ellen Klages s In the House of the Seven Librarians okay, yes, I m a sucker for librarian stories , and Pamela Dean s Cousins I really must hunt down and read some of the Liavek books. While reading books, what are readers allowed to hope for And when the book promises something like this This star studded follow up to the acclaimed Firebirds contains riveting, original stories by some of today s masters of science fiction and fantasy.and What you hold in your hands is than a book It is a gateway between worlds from deep space to Faerie to just around the corner The seventeen authors who have contributed original stories to Firebirds Rising have won virtually every literary prize and made best seller lists worldwide These authors have written singular stories that will capture readers and spark their imaginations.Firebirds Rising proves once again that Firebird is than simply just an imprint devoted to publishing the best science fiction and fantasy for teenagers and adults it is a gather place for writers and reader, from teenage to adult, all over the world less Are they allowed to hope for something like this or something like this or even something like this especially when these stories are written by AWARD WINNING AUTHORS Apparently, the answer is no.See, these stories are mostly uninspired Of course, there are a few lovely ones, but they are not enough to redeem this collection.I admit I didn t read all of them, but here are the ones I did Huntress a generally uninspired story with EEEVIL rich kids, a Nice Heroine, and a moon goddess which fits in somehow There is one semi exciting action scene, and a semi deus ex machine ending, and none of it meshes well Blah 2 stars Unwrapping A cute ish story about two girl s friendship However, its all rather meh and the idea is rather unoriginal 2.5 stars The Real Thing A bit boring, but still thought provoking and cute I love Mav Also, the romance aspect felt fresh in the sense that the love interest wasn t flawless Recommended 3.5 stars Little Grrrl Lost Blah The only reason I read it was because I was intrigued by the borrowers Otherwise, it was preachy and boring 2 stars I ll Give You My Word Clever, cute, and funny This one s biggest flaw is how juvenile it is it s middle grade than YA Great for fans of DWJ, though Semi recommended 3.5 stars In the House of the Seven Librarians Possible my favorite of the collection Review published here Recommended 3.5 stars Wintermoon Wish A heartwarming fantasy Christmas y story This one s a bit typical, but well written and enjoyable Semi recommended 3 stars The Wizards of Perfil I ve been trying to cook up a review for this one to convey what a mess it was Sadly, nothing comes to mind, so all I ll say is SKIP 1 star Jack O Lantern Didn t readQuill Intriguing, thought provoking, and exciting, though a bit disjointed Semi recommended 3 stars Blood Roses Confusing, creepy, and very, very dark Block s prose is lovely though at times overwrought, and the story is style than substance 2 stars Hives Didn t readPerception Didn t readThe House on the Planet Great premise, terrible execution Basically plotless, with a ridiculous conclusion Boring, boring, boring 2 stars Cousins Didn t readWhat Used to be Good Still Is I was bored to tears, and even took to skimming which I NEVER do though it s probably only me no idea how to rate this ANYWAYS, I didn t like this at all Alternatives Of course, there s the stellar Lips Touch Three Times, which is much better than it sounds There s also the anthology Zombies vs Unicorns, and Firebirds Soaring, which is a much better collection than this one Finally, there s Red Spikes, though only for mature, experienced YA readers. Name Jessica McClellandAPA citation November, S Ed 2006 Firebirds rising Penguin NY.Genre Short StoriesAward if applicable Format Book, Short StoriesSelection process The book was favored in Booklist Estes, S 2006 Firebirds rising An anthology of original science fiction and fantasy Booklist, 102 15 , 32.Review Firebirds Rising offers a multitude of short stories from popular young adult science fiction and fantasy authors Fans of ghosts, aliens, goddesses and the like will enjoy the tales found inside and also hearing something new from their favorite authors Authors like Alison Goodman, author of Eon and Singing the Dog Star Blues will find a Maev and Joss adventure in the short story The Real Thing Tamora Pierce is also featured in a short story of Artemis in Huntress Each author takes up only a few pages in the anthology and the novel seems to move fast despite its weight As the third edition in an anthology series, Firebirds Rising may be a little lackluster compared to its predecessors and seems to favor one genre over the other in regards to content Interestingly, November put the author bios at the end of each of their tales instead at the end, which seemed to work with the flow of the book Professionals may want to consider one of the previous editions if low on budget, but the novel should be given proper credit for its accomplishments Recommended. Firebirds Rising An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy is an engaging mix of SF and Fantasy stories aimed at a young adult audience, though quite enjoyable for adults as well This collection as a whole is definitely worth reading, and many of the stories deserves rereading as well At the same time, there were a few stories that just weren t that impressive.Tamora Pierce s Huntress One of those stories that just didn t impress me, but I do love Greek mythology, so the references sat well with me, but I really didn t understand the characters motivations Nina Kiriki Hoffman s Unwrapping For me, it wasn t exactly memorable, but I enjoyed it nonetheless It had an interesting premise and I liked the imagery Alison Goodman s The Real Thing A sci fi story exploring a future where genetic enhancement is prevalent, and the prejudice between those who are comp made and those whose parents let nature take its course The story is taken from a novel by the author, so it does feel a bit like a chapter out of a larger novel Charles de Lint s Little Grrl Lost I love the title However, I m not really a big fan of stories about little people, so I didn t enjoy it as much as I could have Diana Wynne Jones s I ll Give You My Word I loved this story The character of Jeremy is just so unique and lovable, and the story is interesting, quirky, and somewhat humorous Ellen Klages In the House of the Seven Librarians This is one of my favorite stories in the book Definitely worth the price of the book alone This story is about a young girl named Dinsy who is raised by seven feral librarians in an old library building This book is a paean to old libraries and classics of literature Any lover of books and reading will be thrilled to read this For those of us who remember the old style libraries with card catalogs, it is a veritable love song For all book lovers, it s a treasure to love and cherish Sharon Shinn s Wintermoon Wish This would make a great Christmastime story Unfortunately, it doesn t have quite the same effect when you read it in the summer It s got a nice moral though Kelly Link s The Wizards of Perfil I didn t like this one much at all, mostly because I found Onion very bland and, and didn t really understand the premise of magic in the setting until close to the end Patricia A McKillip s Jack O Lantern About a girl struggling with her parents conventional views of the role of women, particularly upper class women, as her older sister prepares to be married I just wish that the protagonist had been somewhat stronger and resistant to the world around her Carol Emshwiller s Quill A story where an alien girl was abducted by her father so he can rape and impregnate her just sickened me I don t care if the circumstances was that of propagating a dying race breed Francesca Lia Block s Blood Roses It s a bit confusing, and I feel one needs to read it at least one time to get it completely Kara Dalkey s Hives A science fiction story about a future where technology can telepathically link minds, and teen girls use this to keep themselves in constant contact with their groups of friends, or hives But what happens when the girls get cut from the network of their hive Why does the sudden silence in their minds cause them to kill themselves This story takes a science fiction approach to the importance of female friendships, and how necessary and addictive they can become.Alan Dean Foster s Perception This story is pretty simple in which a point stated at the end makes sense Tanith Lee s The House on the Planet Explores three young women living in the same house over 100 years time on a colonized alien planet in the future The first story captivated me but I just found the rest of it to be utterly boring.Pamela Dean s Cousins Not crazy about this one The main character is likeable enough, but the story was just too long for my liking I might have liked it better if it was shorter Emma Bull s What Used to Be Good Still Is The story of a young man in a mining town in Arizona in the 1930s, and his love for a Mexican American girl, who loves him but loves something else even.Fantasy stories outnumber sci fi two to one, and the great majority of the tales feature female protagonists Even those with male protagonists deal with themes of friendship, family, love, and loss than action and adventure.Book Details Title Firebirds Rising An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and FantasyAuthor Sharyn NovemberReviewed By Purplycookie Firebirds Rising is an anthology full of fantasy and SF stories, mostly for a young adult audience They re all by different authors, so naturally, some are hits and some are misses I encountered quite a few new authors here, though I m not really eager to follow up most of them.The first story, Huntress , is by Tamora Pierce It wasn t really an encouraging start, for me The mythological references could be interesting, but the whole idea of the story is that a goddess comes along and punishes some teenagers who were killing people by killing them This could ve been well played, with a bit expansion a bit attention to detail, like discussion of the kind of goddess she is That goddesses can be both kind and cruel isn t a new idea, either, and there was a bit of it in there, but there was very little judgement of the eye for an eye mentality, and Pierce s author s note suggested her complete acceptance of it Unwrapping , by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, has some nice imagery and such, but doesn t really go deep The Real Thing , by Alison Goodman, is SFish than the first two Very much from an already established world, but I caught on quickly enough, and rather enjoyed it I d like to read by her I liked the positive approach to sexuality, too something about it sat right with me.Charles de Lint s story, Little Grrl Lost , kind of annoyed me It was basically The Borrowers, only modernised And not as charming.Diana Wynne Jones story, I ll Give You My Word , was quite fun, and funny Perhaps a little predictable, for her, but cute And I learnt some new words I liked In The House of the Seven Librarians , by Ellen Klages Probably because I love the idea of being raised in a library There isn t much to it than that, I suppose, but I still liked it.Sharon Shinn s Wintermoon Wish is quite interesting because it deals with a fantasy equivalent of Christmas Maybe it s mostly fandom where this kind of thing tends to go wrong, but writers who remember that Christmas isn t universal are awesome I didn t like the characters much, though The Wizards of Perfil , by Kelly Link, reminded me of something else Maybe Ursula Le Guin, but I had that feeling a couple of times with this anthology Anyway, it s quite enjoyable, but the characters are not terribly lovable at first, if at all Jack O Lantern , by Patricia A McKillip, was kind of interesting, but I wished it d worked on the sense of the uncanny It wasn t memorable.Carol Emshwiller s Quill was a bit different something about the narrative threw me, and the ending was unsatisfying.Francesca Lia Block s Blood Roses just struck me as mostly pointless Stories transcribed straight from dreams do not tend to thrill me What seems deep and meaningful in a dream isn t always when you wake up.Kara Dalkey s Hives is kind of interesting, but at the same time it s nothing new The old themes of Techonology Is Scary and teenage girls are mean.Alan Dean Foster s Perception is fun mostly because of the flip at the end Haaa The House on the Planet by Tanith Lee could maybe have been tighter something about it was off The three threads seemed superficially, not deeply, linked I did like it, though.I liked Pamela Dean s Cousins quite a lot again, it reminded me of Ursula Le Guin s writing, somehow I liked the culture there, woven into the story What Used To Be Good Still Is , by Emma Bull, is really enjoyable I like the central idea, and the narrator was kind of perfect for it I didn t like him as much as I liked the central character, but he wasn t awful, either, and he was just the right level of understanding not understanding.As a whole, I enjoyed the anthology I should read anthologies, because I like the way they collect together lots of authors I suppose I treat them a little bit like tester pots. November 29, 2017Re read just Wintermoon Wish, possibly my favorite short story ever, like I love to do each winter around this time of year A Christmas esque holiday Wintermoon in a fantasy world, with dark night and glistening snow and sparks of a bonfire, moonlight and love and unexpected kindness, a cozy inn and a wreath filled with wishes for the new year, and a girl named Lirril who must confront her own self centeredness when a young stranger named Jake finds his way to the inn s door one cold winter s day I love this short story so so much I keep this collection around just so I can re read this particular short story 3 Allow me to just hug it forever and a dayMay all your Wintermoon wishes come true ORIGINAL REVIEW OF COLLECTION READ 2013Overall I was very disappointed with most of the stories in this collection so 2 stars overall but there were two that I loved, a couple others that were good, and a few tolerable ones.5 stars A Wintermoon Wish by Sharon Shinn was fabulous One of my favorite short stories ever The character Jake was fabulous I loved this story a lot and though I d never read her before, I now hope to read some of her other writings someday, preferably set in that world.5 stars In the House of the Seven Librarians by Ellen Klages was also wonderful I loved the idea and the story was very well written and fun.4 stars The House on the Planet by Tanith Lee surprised me I did not think I would like it as much because it s science fiction I still prefer fantasy , plus I generally don t like stories that follow a few generations But this story was actually rather amazing and I was surprised to find that I loved it too.4 stars I ll Give You My Word by Diana Wynne Jones I ve yet to meet I mean read anything by Diana Wynne Jones that I didn t like, if not love This was a fun story as well.I give Cousins by Pamela Dean and Little Grrl Lost by Charles de Lint both 3 stars I liked them.So six of the sixteen stories were good to great, and I would like to reread them sometime The rest Some were okay, but a lot of them I just didn t like I could tell they were very well written but that didn t stop me from hating the characters and or the stories themselves, a lot of which were just too gross for me to like Apparently current sci fi fantasy short stories are not my thing I might try out a couple of the authors longer works though Conclusion I would say that most of the stories in this collection are not worth reading which is something I very rarely say about any story And yet there are the ones I loved in it, however few My advice is to read those six and leave the rest I feel rather as though this book is taking up precious space on my shelf And yet I shall always be indebted to it for Jake and Wintermoon Wish.
- 530 pages
- Firebirds Rising: An Original Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Sharyn November
- 08 August 2019 Sharyn November