Third FlatIron’s Best Of 2015, Edited by Juliana Rew is a collection of short stories, taken from the publishing house’s 2015 list of publications. They range across the spectrum of fantasy and horror, with a helathy mix of science fiction thrown in for good measure.
The 13 stories collected in this volume present a meaty collection ranging across a large number of genres. Starting with magical realism (with Ken Altabef’s A Little Mischief) all the way to some hearty comedic SF (with Martin Clark’s False Footfall), the anthology makes for a great sampler toward trying the publishing house’s collection of anthologies. While the collection is relatively short (at 85 pages), it more than makes up for it content-wise, to while away the creeping ennui during the daily commute.
The cover and interior artwork by Keely Rew is a significant improvement over previous publications and make a great compliment to the stories. My only complaint with the anthology is that perhaps it weighs too heavily on the The Time It Happened anthology, without showing off too many of the stories by some of the other impressive collection by Third FlatIron.
-Wide variety of stories
-A strong suit of Magical Realism in the anthology
-Great way for readers to discover new genre authors
-Anthology length is a bit short
-Many of the stories feature a particular anthology, without too much emphasis on the other collections