Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, to find themselves. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists’ studios of Soho. Terri Windling’s original Bordertown series was the forerunner of today’s urban fantasy, introducing authors that included Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Emma Bull, and Ellen Kushner. In this volume of all-new work (including a 15-page graphic story), the original writers are now joined by the generation that grew up dreaming of Bordertown, including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more. They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories.
This is my first Borderland series book, and it was really interesting. It is definitely a different take on fae life. It is about a city called Bordertown between The Realm (fairyland) and the world (as in ours.) All of the stories in the book are set here, and some of the characters even overlap so I really like that. As in most anthologies I didn’t love all of the stories and poems but there were quite I few that I really delighted in. Out of the 21 pieces I only didn’t enjoy 5 of them. This book really has everything you could possibly want in your urban fantasy. There were elves (don’t you dare call them that though, they are Truebloods!), vampires and werewolves (sorta), magic, revolutionaries, gangs, talking books, wishing stars, true love, and more. It also has short stories, poems, songs, and even a rap and jump rope rhyme. Although there were so many varied voices the book is really cohesive and the stories flow together nicely. The comic in the book would make a good full length graphic novel. I wrote down a lot of the authors names so I could check out more of their other work. I loved Holly Black and Cassandra Clare’s collaboration. I always wonder how they do that, since it isn’t told in two voices. It was one of the best stories in the book. Neil Gaiman’s Song of Songs is epic. The book closes with a story that is equally beautiful and sad.
PS: Have you read books by any of the authors? Which ones should I check out?