Best New Paranormal Romance
Paula Guran, ed.
This group of short stories has many noted authors from the fantasy and science fiction genre. Some of the stories are Romance, no question. Some are romance, stories with upbeat endings. The introduction by Paula Guran, "What Is Paranormal Romance", is an excellent discussion of the distinctions between Romance, romance, and paranormal romance. Even if you choose not to read the stories, this short treatise is worth reading to learn more about the genres.
The stories are varied as a collection like this should be. Some are humerous, some filled with pathos, some overcoming great odds, and some are Romantic. Their locales range from other planets to West Virginia to England to Berlin to San Francisco. The authors of these stories are Catherine Asaro, Elizabeth Bear, Deborah Coates, John Grant (the only male author, I believe), Elizabeth Hand, Sandra McDonald, Caludia O'Keefe, Sarah Prineas, Heather Shaw, Delia Sherman, Jane Yolen, and Rebecca York.
This is paranormal romance, but there isn't a vampire in the lot. Instead, this is magic (try "A Maze of Trees" or "Walpurgis Afternoon") or on other planets (check "The Shadowed Heart" or "A Hero's Welcome") or good old suspend-your-belief imagination ("Single White Farmhouse"). There are goddesses ("Calypso in Berlin") or olde magick ("Fir Na Tin", "A Treatise on Fewmets" or "A Knot of Toads"). Besides some otherworldly type women in the earlier mentioned stories, one has a non-human lover even if we're not quite sure what ("Follow Me Light"). Then there are a couple that look at existing relationships and twist them around ("The Hard Stuff" and "Magic in a Certain Slant of Light").
Some of these stories are pure fluff to be read for the enjoyment of the tale. But others make the reader think. This book is a good one to have in your personal library.
Notice: Explicit sexual content
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