Firebirds Soaring: An Anthology of Original Speculative Fiction

Firebirds Soaring: An Anthology of Original Speculative Fiction


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First Firebirds. Then Firebirds Rising. Now there is Firebirds Soaring, the third anthology of original stories by some of today's finest writers of fantasy and science fiction. These authors, including Nancy Farmer (The Sea of Trolls), Ellen Klages (The Green Glass Sea), Margo Lanagan (Black Juice), and Jane Yolen (The Devil's Arithmetic), have brought new worlds and Old Magic to life in nineteen remarkable pieces of short fiction. Mike Dringenberg, co-creator of Sandman with Neil Gaiman, contributes decorative vignettes. Firebirds Soaring?like Firebirds and Firebirds Rising'sets the standard for short fiction for teenagers and adult fans of the genre.

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ISBN-13: 9780142405529
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2009
Series: Firebirds Series , #3
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.89(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

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Firebirds Soaring: An Anthology of Original Speculative Fiction 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
sacred_honor More than 1 year ago
Having read Sharyn November's two other anthologies, FIREBIRDS and FIREBIRDS RISING (which included excellent examples of fantasy and science fictional works), I was somewhat disappointed by the works offered in FIREBIRDS SOARING. The selection of authors was varied and well-chosen, the works all original, and the quality of writing (for the most part) up to the standards of the genre. However, a noticeable recurring theme was the hurried conclusion of many of the tales, sometimes without linear rationale. Furthermore, a number of the stories were rather confusing. Some redeeming factors were the characters of Marly Youmans' POWER AND MAGIC, which were well-developed, and Elizabeth E. Wein's SOMETHING WORTH DOING, perhaps my favorite story in the anthology. What is interesting to note about this particular book, in comparison to the other anthologies offered by November, is that it is comprised of "speculative fiction" instead of relying only on fantasy and science fiction. Overall, however, the book was enjoyable, though I had expected something a bit more. If you're interested in reading a collection of well-written works for leisure, purchasing this anthology is "something worth doing."
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nineteen tales of futuristic cities, magic and mysterious happenings. The cast of authors is an impressive one, including Jane Yolen, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Nancy Farmer, Nick O'Donohoe, Clare Bell and a few others I wasn't as familiar with. The biggest surprise here? I was expecting the interest level to vary greatly as it often does with this sort of anthology. But I actually enjoyed the majority of the stories. Subject matter and premise vary wildly, which is part of the fun. Definitely worth reading.
Herenya on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I spent a week or two reading Firebirds Soaring, a story at a time. I have said about the other Firebirds anthologies that it is a case of some stories I love, some I like, some I¿m indifferent to and a few I dislike but I really, really liked most of these.My favourites were Jo Walton¿s ¿Three Twilight Tales¿ ¿ a beautifully lyrical and rather Patricia McKillip-esque set of vignettes about a village, and ¿Something Worth Doing¿ (by Elizabeth E Wein), about a girl who joins the RAF during WWII under her brother¿s name. They were both, oh, fantastic; these were the ones I immediately read again.I was excited to read ¿Court Ship¿ (Sherwood Smith) but although I liked it, both as a story and because it is about the generation after Crown Duel, I felt like it could have been longer. Other stories I particularly liked included ¿Egg Magic¿ by Louise Marley, which had an unusual magic and I empathised with the protagonist, who feels as if she doesn¿t quite fit in, socially and in her family. There was something very charismatic about the main protagonists in both ¿The Dignity He¿s Due¿ (by Carol Emschwilller) and ¿Power and Magic¿ (by Marley Youmans). Even though they both weren¿t necessarily charismatic people, they were alive and vivid (in quite different ways) and the stories were original, kind of compelling..¿Flatland¿ by Kara Dalkey was a thought-provoking futuristic story, really interesting. I didn¿t completely like ¿Ferryman¿ by Margo Lanagan, but there was something about it¿ And I have to mention Nancy Springer¿s author¿s note, for being surprisingly entertaining.I do like how each story has an author¿s note; they¿re interesting and give you space to digest each story. Plus, I like hearing about how authors come to write something, the stories behind the stories. I wish novels did that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About: WaterTribe dragons (part of the Cold Warriors Kingdom) <p> SoaringRain: <br> They are dark grey, dark blue, dark green, and black. They have rain drop shaped scales, and, on their wings, drops of water fall out from underneath these scales. They have no weapons other than biting and clawwing. They hace large wings. <p> SoaringSea: <br> They are sea blue and dark green, with gills and powerful tails. They can breath underwater as well as on land, they do not swim fast. They can shoot boiling water in your face. <p> SoaringRiver: <br> They are blue and black and white striped with white underbellies, and swim so fast that they blend in with the rocks below them. They are more streamline than SoaringRain or SoaringSea, but, they cannot breath on land.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sighs. Okay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book but i didnt understand the first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the few anthologies I can read cover to cover not skipping any stories. Best in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silent-but-Deadly More than 1 year ago
This anthology had everything an appreciatiative reader could ask for! It's stories went from something sad yet hopeful, like The Dignity He's Due by Carol Emshwiller, to something mystical like The Ghosts of Strangers by Nina Kiriki Hoffman. I say that EVERYONE should either check this book out at you're local library or but it! It's worth Every Single Penny!! Take it from me, you do not want to pass on this piece of work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago