Year's Best Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy
Edited by Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt

Published by MirrorDanse Books
B format Paperback ISBN 0975773607
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Singing My Sister Down by Margo Lanagan

A beautifully written story, told by a young boy, a member of the family who stayed with their sister/daughter as she satisfied punishment and died by slowly sinking into a tar pit. Not a happy story, details so graphic I felt like I was there, sitting with the family, so horrific it had me mesmerised and I wanted to get to the end quickly, all the time wondering if it would all come alive in my dreams that night. This story is disturbing and horrific and not for everyone.

Dreaming Dragons by Lynette Aspey

This is a delightful read with a hint of mystery and magical things. I enjoyed the author's description of everyday ordinary country life, down to the details eg: "his hair dark and flat from having sweat beneath his hat" (page 35). This took me back through the years to my own life in the country. A happy ending and will be enjoyed by all readers.

No3 Raw Place by Deborah Biancotti

I felt confused by this story. An interesting setting and I really thought I had it sorted out, knew who and what was what until I read the last three lines. Now I am unable to sort it out.

Flashmen by Terry Dowling

A story of wars and strange people. I found it all very confusing and difficult to read and follow.

Tripping Over the Light Fantastic by Kim Westwood

The story of a job interview. We've all been there to a lesser or greater extent, and met some of the characters in this story. All so descriptive and captures the mood of the interview with lots of interesting adjectives.

Bones by Rjurik Davidson

An interesting tale set in postwar Melbourne in a age of jazz music and communism. Indeed much of the story is set in a jazz club where people carried guns and life was very different to our present day.

Occam's Razing by Brendan D Carson

A little horror story cut off very short. The beginning of a whole new read which would have been of interest, so I hope it continues.

Birds of the Bushes and Scrubs by Geoffrey Maloney

A strange story of mankind in decay. Quite a horrible story really that I found difficult to read and wondered why it was written.

Home by the Sea by Cat Sparks

A story of the future, when time is not as we know it nor people either. An easy read - you may be inspired to seek out more of this author's writing. I will be.

The Meek by Damien Broderick

The sad tale of the ending of one world and the entry into and life in another. Just a glimpse really of these two sad worlds brought to life by the words of this talented author. I would like to read more of Damien Broderick's writings.

The Tale of Enis Cash, Smallgoods Smokehand by Brendan Duffy

A tale of how to slay a dragon and other things, an easy and enjoyable read but note - very graphic descriptions of what goes on in a slaughterhouse. I am glad I am already a vegetarian. But I was thrilled to know that dragons do exist!

The Dreaming City by Ben Peek

An interesting reflection of Sydney set in three time zones, the first settlement, 100 years later and the present day. All seen through the eyes of an Aboriginal warrior and an Englishman. I found this story almost surreal at times and a little confusing to read and follow.

Overview

A wide variety of stories, some of which I found enjoyable and compelling. Others I found at times very difficult to understand and follow, indeed I wondered just why they had been written in such a confusing manner, or indeed written at all.

Reviewed by Josephine Crowley

Last updated 15th September 2005