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Another Borderland anthology This one didn t stick in my mind the way that Bordertown did, but going back through it once I started reading the first story I discovered that I had read it before And then it turns out that the stories I liked the best weren t any of the stories that I remembered My favorite part of the book wasn t any of the stories at all, it was the Guide to Bordertown segments inserted between the stories written from the perspective of a bunch of Bordertown kids As such, it starts out with a guide to squats and moves on to subjects from the best places to eat and dance or see theatre important in a city where computers and television don t work to a guide for elvin runaways who want to get out of the True and Only Realm Since the stories are written by different contributors, they all have a slightly different take on what Bordertown is like, and while I don t expect this guide is objective in any real sense, it satisfies my urge for worldbuilding I m not sure if it s because I read it most recently, but I think the story that stuck most with me is How Shannaro Tolkinson Lost and Found His Heart because it shows an important part of running away to Bordertown some people do it with bad motives There s plenty of focus on how life is often hard in Bordertown, but people leave even harder situations behind and are willing to endure to find their own life There s not much focus on people who use Bordertown s reputation to drag other people along with them into a life they think would be magical but is actually just another cage And here s it s two elves and the cage is literally magical, but I liked the metaphor Sometimes, the person who wants to sweep you off your fate and take you away from all this doesn t have your best interests at heart Sometimes, they just want to devour you at their leisure Changeling seems a little dated now though only a little, and it depends on where you live , but I like it because it deals with another aspect of acceptance Racism isn t the only problem in Bordertown, and there are some things that can still mark you out as separate even if they aren t as obvious as silver hair or pointed ears I also liked the bit about the theatre, because the audience is on your side They want to believe, and given the flimsiest of excuses, they re willing to do so A flashlight and a mirror can be just as good as magic out of Faerie when the mood is right.I didn t particularly care for the plot of Hot Water A Bordertown Romance, but I did like how it pointed out that by the return of Faerie expanding the range of possibility for human dreams, it s possible to have higher expectations and thus fall even further from reaching them The story says Before the elves, humans had their own magic.but now that there s real elves and a real road to Faerie, that gets washed away by the glow of the Border It s like the lesson in Finder, where some people decide that the real problem isn t in anything in their lives, it s with them With humanity and its mundanity, and if there was a bitmagic around, then everything would be better It s gazing at the stars and not noticing the cliff you re walking straight toward.In contrast to that, Argentine is the story of an exiled elf, thrown away for constantly stealing from others Across the Border, she takes up stealing again, working for a fence and passing a few items on, but mostly stealing items whose owners find value in them Their best beloved, as she puts them And while the message that she steals because she has no best beloved of her own and doesn t understand that love can only be freely given, it cannot be stolen, is trite, it s still true and is something all too many people don t understand It also helps that there s a smartass ghost and a tale of love lost involved When the Bow Breaks was odd, but it certainly stuck in my memories While most Borderland stories are set in an indeterminate time that is still recognizably late 20th century, this one seemed almost 19th century Sea trade on the Mad River, with piracy and cannons Enough trade on the river to support masted ships I couldn t get a handle on this story at all Though admittedly, I did like the reason why the Company didn t use ships on the Mad River forthan four years before decommissioning them May This Be Your Last Sorrow is a short story and mostly about someone who ran away because she couldn t live up to their parents expectations And now things are pretty nice since no one is placing any demands on her that she cannot fulfill, but there s just somethingmissing She loves going to art exhibitions and listening to music, and everyone leaves her alone if she doesn t want to be bothered, but it gets lonely, regardless.I get that There s a difference between being alone and being lonely, and it s much easier to be lonely in a crowd that it is in an empty room It s possible to simultaneously keep everyone at arm s length and yet want someone to push past that, because that proves they re interested, that you are accepted and wanted for who you are And a lot of the people who come to Bordertown want to be accepted and are fleeing a place that won t do so, but there are no guarantees in life And in our lives, there s no Bordertown.Huh Maybe May This Be Your Last Sorrow is my favorite.I d read The Essential Guide to Bordertown as a standalone book with no short stories in it at all, but there are plenty of good stories in here too. I love the Bordertown books, but this is my least favourite I could never quite put my finger on why I like the travel guide sections between the stories, the stories themselves are hit or miss, but that s normal for anthologies, and there are some interesting characters.Then I read anreview I think that referred to this volume as gentrified , and realized, by Jove, that s it exactly It somehow feels gentrified. Having just finished this book, I feel as though I ve come home from a week spent walking the wild, gritty streets of Bordertown The memories of madness, desperation, beauty, grime, and magic still cling to me, and I m not sure if I m going to be able to easily shake them off Thirteen authors take the reader s hand in this urban fantasy collection, lead the reader to the city limits and thrust them into a world of street kids, rock and roll, elves, enchantment, dreams and disappointments The sheer story telling talent in this book is undeniable, and the same goes for the gleeful imagination in each story Make no mistake, the Border will change you, but this is a book I highly recommend.Full review here. An interesting anthology of short stories based on Terri Windling s Bordertown To sum up, Faerie Arcadia whathaveyou pops back into the real world That doesn t work so well, so instead a magic Berlin Wall of sorts is put up, so ne er will Earth and Faerie meet again Except for Bordertown, which is basically stuck in the middle where humans and faeries, technology and magic, mix up, sometimes well, oftentimes not This was my first foray into Bordertown, and I liked the setting Bordertown has that frontier town feel where anything can and does happen, and it makes for a very dynamic, even exciting setting Most of the stories are quite good the girl seeking to learn magic and the one about the band especially stick out in my mind. I like it I will wish I had it next time I am on an airplane or a beach I will perpetually wish I had it when I was twelve But I am not in any of those places And I need to readimportant things. I was disappointed with this installment of the Borderland series Gone were my favorite characters from the original books and gone were any memorable new characters I was hoping foradventures of the bands, gang members, runaways, and artists from the originals Not only those things but I felt it didn t have the same magic or feel. Great writers, but I couldn t get into it May try it again another time in a different mood. Meh Depressing Short shorts about a gritty fantasy world with too much real world drama, underdeveloped characters and too many quirks and costumes for my taste. Read in 1999, not reviewed at the time.Re read 5 2016 Socks by Delia ShermanAt a flophouse where a group of misfit kids, including one girl known derisively as Socks, has found a degree of safety and protection, a new girl comes into the fold Tough talking and damaged, she s full of unlikely stories about her mother being a runaway princess of Elfland Butof her tales might be true than one might guess, and she could help Socks heal, inways than one.I found this a bitheavy handed upon re reading than I think I did the first time around I think it might mostly be that I m just not the right age for the Bordertown tales any they weremeaningful to me than nearly anything when I first discovered them, back in 1986. `EBOOK ↺ The Essential Bordertown (Borderlands) ⇷ Bordertown Once A Normal American City, Now A Perilous Nexus Between The World And Returned Elfland From The Banks Of The Addictive Mad River To The All Night Clublands Where Young Elves And Humans Fight And Play, All The Way Up To Glittering Dragon S Tooth Hill, Where High Society Seals Itself Away From The Street This Is No City To Trifle WithBordertown A Place Of Hidden Magic, Flamboyant Artists, Runaway Teenagers, And Pagan Motorcycle Gangs The City You Always Knew Was ThereBordertown Was Created By Terri Windling, Multiple World Fantasy Award Winning Editor, Artist, And Writer Now Thirteen Of Modern Fantasy S Finest Writers Return To Bordertown Once Again, To Tell A New Cycle Of Tales Of The City Here Are Charles De Lint, Ellen Kushner, Patricia A McKillip, Felicity Savage, Delia Sherman, Midori Snyder, Caroline Stevermer And Here Is Bestselling Author Steven Brust With When The Bow Breaks, Chosen As A Finalist For The Nebula Ward After The Hardcover Publication Of This VolumeBordertown It S An Attitude And A State Of Mind It S Elfin Light And Human Sweat It Will Never Let You Go