Some of the Best from by Ellen Datlow

Some of the Best from

A collection of some of the best original short fiction published on in 2014. Contents:As Good As New by Charlie Jane AndersThe End of the End of Everything by Dale BaileyMrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch by Kelly BarnhillSleep Walking Now and Then by Richard BowesDaughter of Necessity by Marie BrennanBrisk Money by Adam ChristopherA Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Trade-Offs for the Overhaul of the Barricade by John ChuThe Color of P...

Details Some of the Best from

TitleSome of the Best from
Release DateJan 6th, 2015
PublisherTor Books
GenreFantasy, Short Stories, Science Fiction, Anthologies

Reviews Some of the Best from

  • Mike
    I've had this on my Kindle for a while, having picked it up when it was free. I've delayed reading it, because I often don't like the stories published at impression, from reading the occasional one, is that they're darker than I prefer, and rely too often on standing back and pelting the characters with adversity to get an emotional reaction from the audience. Since it's probably the highest-paying market in SF, though, I wanted to g...
  • **✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
    As Good as New - Charlie Jane Anders. It's a story of post-apocalyptic wishes gone wrong, and a playwright/surgeon.The End of the End of Everything - Dale Bailey. Another post-apocalyptic story, but where As Good as New was hopeful about the world being saved, The End of the End of Everything just accepts that humanity is doomed. Mrs Sorensen and the Sasquatch - Kelly Barnhill. It's full of Sasquatch lovin'.Sleep Walking Now and Then - Richard Bo...
  • Shel
    Nice little collection, and it was a free download! Some I loved, a few didn't really do it for me. I read them all except the Scalzi story, because it looks like a prequel to Lock In, which I'm hoping to read first and then. One back to the story.
  • Julie
    So I finally finished it, with just 4 days left of the year to go!! I've talked about this before, but I have a perpetual problem with anthologies, in which the stop-and-start pace and unknown quality of the writing means it takes me much longer to get through them -- I'll tear through a story that I love, but then be disappointed that it's over already. I'll drag my heels through a story that I hate, then I'll be quietly wary to start the next o...
  • Masanobu
    Gut rating, i.e. the rating I feel it should get: 4 starsAverage rating for the stories: 3.15 starsThis anthology, as any other short story collection out there, is a mixed bag. A 3-star rating would be just, since it includes stories I hated or disliked and stories I enjoyed and loved. However, there is a discrepancy between what would be the average rating and what I feel this collection deserves. I really, really liked this. It honestly felt l...
  • Carol
    Charlie Jane Andrews "As Good as New": Clever tale about the end of the world and a genie in a bottle. ****Dale Bailey "The End of the End of Everything": Super depressing end of the world story- written extremely well but the characters are people I sure as hell wouldn't be hanging out with in that situation. *** three stars only because of those damned awful characters.Kelly Barnhill "Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch" Erm, I'm not really sure wh...
  • Tomislav
    I downloaded this free ebook anthology of science fiction and short stories, novelettes, and novellas for kindle. I have previously read the 2011 and 2012 anthologies, but this one is over double those in size. 28 stories. 719 pages according to goodreads, although the concept of a page is somewhat problematic.Some of these have been nominated for a 2015 Nebula award; the winners have not yet been announced.Sleep Walking Now and Then, by Richard ...
  • Al Menaster
    Some good stories but many bad ones.
  • Michelle
    Fun collectionLots of stories, some pretty good, some stellar, & some that I didn't like but could still appreciate. Definitely a good mix of stories in the science fiction, fantasy, and the similar genre.Worth the full read! Some stories i definitely would love to see further works on, or finish out with my own imagination.
  • Julia O'Connell
    Finally got around to finishing's quite long. The book is a collection of a large number of sci-fi & fantasy stories. Some of the stories are absolutely amazing, and others...less so. One of my favorite stories was called "A Kiss With Teeth" by Max Gladstone--a really cute story about a vampire trying to be a normal father. I also really enjoyed "Unlocked: And Oral History of Haden's Syndrome" by John Scalzi which basically read like Wo...
  • Joel Neff
    As Good As New by Charlie Jane Anders— Really charming take on both the end of the world and the genie in the bottle. 4/5The End of the End of Everything by Dale Bailey— Fascinating look at the end times and whether art for art’s sake is enough to make life worth living in the face of the end. 5/5Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch by Kelly Barnhill— This was fun. Kind of a Circe for modern times, only with acceptance instead of revenge as th...
  • Spiegel
    There were a few stories that I didn't like at all, but overall, a nice collection. As Good as New - Charlie Jane Anders.Nice, but didn't really stick to my memory.The End of the End of Everything - Dale Bailey.Depressing, but that's it. Mrs Sorensen and the Sasquatch - Kelly Barnhill. This was sweet and funny at times, but it frustrates me a bit that it's a story about a magical woman seen from a distance, instead of her being the actual protago...
  • G33z3r
    Always enjoyable stories from's "Reborn" uses a revamped world after an alien conquest to look at the role of memory in who we are. Where PK Dick's "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" (Total Recall) looked at adding false memories be the same as having actually done/experienced it, Liu considers whether if no one, including yourself, remembers your bad acts, are you absolved of guilt? And if you know you won't remember doing someth...
  • Jim
    Certainly the right price, it was available for free from Tor here:“As Good As New” by Charlie Jane Anders (Short Story) 4 stars. Short & very good.“The End of the End of Everything” by Dale Bailey (Novelette): 3 stars. Pretty horrible, but how would I spend my time at the end of everything?“Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch” by Kelly Barnhill (Short Story) 3 stars. Fun, short fantasy story wit...
  • Katherine
    This collection of short stories and novellas is one of the best anthologies I've ever read. The fact that it was free made it all the more enticing - who doesn't love free books? This sort of thing is why I love ebooks; a collection like this in hardcopy would be completely unwieldy and intimidating, but as an ebook collection it works perfectly. Each of the stories merits a review of its own, which I will post individually to benefit their auth...
  • Dan'l Danehy-oakes
    Unthemed, multi-author collections of stories are difficult to review, and this is no exception. There wasn't a story in it that I didn't enjoy. A couple creeped me out successfully, and a couple moved me deeply. But I can't bring myself to give it five stars, and I'm not sure why.Ellen Datlow (if this wasn't already obvious) is a talented, skilled editor who finds stories worth reading and puts them in front of the public. She has gathered here,...
  • Francesca
    - “As Good As New” by Charlie Jane Anders (Short Story): 4-4.5/5- “The End of the End of Everything” by Dale Bailey (Novelette): 2.5-3/5- “Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch” by Kelly Barnhill (Short Story): 2.5/5- “Sleep Walking Now and Then” by Richard Bowes (Novelette): 2.5/5- “Daughter of Necessity” by Marie Brennan (Short Story): 3.5-4/5- “Brisk Money” by Adam Christopher (Novelette): 3.5/5- “A Cost-Benefit Analysis of...
  • Margot
    There were some really really great stories in this collection, including:As Good as New by Charlie Jane AndersThe End of the End of Everything by Dale BaileyBrisk Money by Adam ChristopherUnlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome by John ScalziThere were also a couple very painful ones as well, which often caused me to set down the book for months at a time, including: A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star b...
  • Peter
    This is an ebook collection of what the editor thinks were some of the best stories published on in 2014. Any short story book is a mixed bag. But in this one, it generally felt unsuited to my tastes. Mainly, there wasn't enough SF, compared to fantasy. There were some stories that I didn't see any value in, and a number of others where the style seemed to be the point rather than the story, too many stories that I'd call 'fables' (which ...
  • Mark
    The stories in this collection were generally well-written and interesting, but after the first few I found myself growing listless and skipping stories that didn't catch my attention within the first few paragraphs. It seems like most of the stories are dystopian in nature--forgoing conflict for a general sense of doom and it's impact on the characters in the story. While I don't necessarily need a classic villain for our heroes to combat in an ...
  • Belinda Lewis
    Fantastic anthology - which was also free for download because Tor is awesome.Favourites:The hauntingly bleak "The End of Everything" by Dale BaileyThe strangely sweet "Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch" by Kelly Barnhill"A Kiss with Teeth" by Max Gladstone because there *are* still vampire stories that need to be toldUrban fantasy at its best "Cold Wind" by Nicola Griffith"Midway Relics and Dying Breeds" by Seanan McGuire for a retro futuristic tr...
  • Joan
    As the title indicates, this anthology contains "some of the best" 2014 stories published by Tor. All of the stories are excellent, although in the way of these things I preferred some efforts to others. The pricing on the kindle edition was unbeatable but at the same time worrisome. I realize the days when F. Scott Fitzgerald could put his daughter through college on the sale of a few short stories are long over, but I'm sure the authors would l...
  • Michael Sump
    The Best of 2014 is the most enjoyable collection of short stories I’ve read in a long time., if you don’t know, is a website committed to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. I never read the latter two and only occasionally read Science Fiction, but this collection is somewhat different. I would describe most of the stories as utopian or dystopian or perhaps "alternate or projected histories." In general, the stories were e...
  • William Lovas
    Bit of a slog because it was long and the quality spotty, but there were definitely some great stories in there! Some favorites include the Litany of Earth, the Color of Paradox (reminded me a bit of Connie Willis), and the Mothers of Voorhisville. Of course, finding a really good one always slowed me down a bit because I wasn't ready to leave that universe! Damn my completionism, but there it is.
  • Bill Walker
    A good mix of styles and formats from some great authors. There is a lack of consistency, however, in the quality of choices. This lack of consistency meant several stories just did not pull me in. This is my subjective opinion, however, and none of the stories were *bad* per se. I just couldn't get in to some of them. Still worth the read for those stories that do hit the spot.
  • Patiscynical
    Interesting. Thought-provoking. Memorable.Wow. There are some excellent short stories here. A vast variety of science fiction and fantasy stories, stories that will make you Think. You'll wake up and find yourself still thinking of a particular story. Results: read this. Well worth your time.
  • Giulia
    My favourite stories were: Max Gladstone "A kiss with teeth", Ruthann Emrys "The litany of the Earth", Isabel Yap "A cup of salt tears",Kathleen Ann Goonan "A short history of the twentieth century, or, when you wish upon a star".Honorable mentions to Ken Liu "Reborn"Daniel Jose Older "Anyway: Angie"Charlie Jane Anders "As good as new"
  • Rebecca
    There were quite a few horror stories in this bunch, and the collection started out slowly, but the stories themselves were very well written, covered a diverse range of lives and people, and some I didn't want to end.
  • Michelle
    This thing clocks in at a whopping 700+ pages so I'm glad I got it on my kindle. Not a dud in the bunch.