The Best Anthologies eBooks




Brave New Worlds
by John Joseph Adams, Cory Doctorow, Paolo Bacigalupi, Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, M. Rickert, Kate Wilhelm, Geoff Ryman, Neil Gaiman, Bryan Talbot, J.G. Ballard, Carrie Vaughn, James K. Morrow, Alex Irvine, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Genevieve Valentine, Sarah Langan, Kim Stanley Robinson, Matt Williamson, Philip K. Dick, Heather Lindsley, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Silverberg, Jeremiah Tolbert, Joe Mastroianni, Adam-Troy Castro, Tobias S. Buckell, Vylar Kaftan, Shirley Jackson, S.L. Gilbow, Joseph Paul Haines, C.C. Finlay, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Ross E. Lockhart
Brave New Worlds
Format: PDF
Size: 8.6 MB
Pages: 481

From Huxley's Brave New World, to Orwell's 1984, to Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, dystopian books have always been an integral part of both science fiction and literature, and have influenced the broader culture discussion in unique and permanent ways. Brave New Worlds brings together the best dystopian fiction of the last 30 years, demonstrating the diversity that flourishes in this compelling subgenre.
This landmark tome contains stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, Cory Doctorow, M. Rickert, Paolo Bacigalupi, Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, and many others.

 



The Lady Most Likely...
by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockway
The Lady Most Likely...
Format: PDF
Size: 6.6 MB
Pages: 372

A Novel in Three Parts

Hugh Dunne, the Earl of Briarly, needs a wife — so his sister hands him a list of the very best young ladies on the market. And then, because he refuses to tear himself away from the stables where he trains Arabian racehorses, she invites all those ladies to a house party, along with some other bachelors, of course. So who will Hugh choose? The Botticelli-esque, enchanting Gwendolyn? The outspoken, delightful Katherine? If he doesn't work fast, he'll lose those ladies to his closest friends, and then where will he look for a wife? Perhaps, just perhaps, toward a lady who's not on a market at all, and would require a great deal of persuading…

 



You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News
by Cracked.com
You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News
Format: PDF
Size: 5.2 MB
Pages: 295

You're going to wish you never picked up this book.

Some facts are too terrifying to teach in school. Unfortunately, Cracked. com is more than happy to fill you in:

* A zombie apocalypse? It could happen. 50% of humans are infected with a parasite that can take over your brain.

* The FDA wouldn't let you eat bugs, right? Actually, you might want to put down those jelly beans. And that apple. And that strawberry yogurt.

* Think dolphins are our friends? Then these sex-crazed thrill killers of the sea have you right where they want you.

* The most important discovery in the history of genetics? Francis Crick came up with it while on LSD.

* Think you're going to choose whether or not to buy this book? Scientists say your brain secretly makes all your decisions 10 seconds before you even know what they are.

If you’re a fan of The Oatmeal or Frak. com and hate being wrong about stuff, you’ll love what you find in You Might Be a Zombie from the twisted minds at Cracked.

 



A Fan's Notes
by Frederick Exley
A Fan's Notes
Format: PDF
Size: 6.9 MB
Pages: 385

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Stuff My Stocking: M/M Romance Stories that are Nice and… Naughty
by M.J. O'Shea, S.J.D. Peterson, Kari Gregg, Kim Dare, A.J. Llewellyn, Serena Yates, Eve Ocotillo, Jessica Freely, Heinrich Xin, William Cooper, Wren Boudreau, Deanna Wadsworth, Selah March, Sarah Madison, Stephani Hecht, Amy Lane, Angela Benedetti, Missy Welsh, Brian Jackson, Jade Archer, Michael S., Xara X. Xanakas, Mark Alders, Em Woods, Rachel Haimowitz
Stuff My Stocking: M/M Romance Stories that are Nice and… Naughty
Format: PDF
Size: 5.1 MB
Pages: 285

The stories you are about to read are the product of a very special project sponsored by the Goodreads M/M Romance group — the online community for readers who love to read about men in love (Male/Male).

The group moderators issued an invitation for members to choose a photo and pen a Letter to Santa asking for a short M/M romance story inspired by the image; authors from the group were encouraged to select a letter and write an original tale.

The result was an outpouring of creativity that shined a spotlight on the special bond between M/M romance writers and the people who love what they do. This book is an anthology of those letters and stories.

Whether you are an avid M/M romance reader or new to the genre, you are in for a delicious treat. So sit back, relax and enjoy Stuff My Stocking: M/M Romance Stories that are Nice and… Naughty.

 



The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are.
by Henry Petroski
The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are.
Format: PDF
Size: 5.4 MB
Pages: 304

   How did the table fork acquire a fourth tine? What advantage does the Phillips-head screw have over its single-grooved predecessor? Why does the paper clip look the way it does? What makes Scotch tape Scotch?

   In this delightful book Henry, Petroski takes a microscopic look at artifacts that most of us count on but rarely contemplate, including such icons of the everyday as pins, Post-its, and fast-food "clamshell" containers. At the same time, he offers a convincing new theory of technological innovation as a response to the perceived failures of existing products — suggesting that irritation, and not necessity, is the mother of invention.

 



Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets
by Francesca Lia Block
Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets
Format: PDF
Size: 6.7 MB
Pages: 378

What happens when a girl finds herself at the crossroads between worlds — where the angels and ghosts, gods and demons, and beauties and beasts of myth are real? What does she do and who does she become?

Roses and Bones captures the best Francesca Lia Block has to offer: extravagantly imaginative tales, dark landscapes, fierce poetry, and storytelling that is nothing short of magical.

 



All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis
by Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera
All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis
Format: PDF
Size: 6.8 MB
Pages: 380

"Hell is empty, and
all the devils are here."
-Shakespeare, The Tempest

As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, misguided regulators, sleazy subprime companies, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers?

According to Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, two of America's most acclaimed business journalists, the real answer is all of the above-and more. Many devils helped bring hell to the economy. And the full story, in all of its complexity and detail, is like the legend of the blind men and the elephant. Almost everyone has missed the big picture. Almost no one has put all the pieces together.

All the Devils Are Here goes back several decades to weave the hidden history of the financial crisis in a way no previous book has done. It explores the motivations of everyone from famous CEOs, cabinet secretaries, and politicians to anonymous lenders, borrowers, analysts, and Wall Street traders. It delves into the powerful American mythology of homeownership. And it proves that the crisis ultimately wasn't about finance at all; it was about human nature.

Among the devils you'll meet in vivid detail:

• Angelo Mozilo, the CEO of Countrywide, who dreamed of spreading homeownership to the masses, only to succumb to the peer pressure-and the outsized profits-of the sleaziest subprime lending.

• Roland Arnall, a respected philanthropist and diplomat, who made his fortune building Ameriquest, a subprime lending empire that relied on blatantly deceptive lending practices.

• Hank Greenberg, who built AIG into a Rube Goldberg contraption with an undeserved triple-A rating, and who ran it so tightly that he was the only one who knew where all the bodies were buried.

• Stan O'Neal of Merrill Lynch, aloof and suspicious, who suffered from "Goldman envy" and drove a proud old firm into the ground by promoting cronies and pushing out his smartest lieutenants.

• Lloyd Blankfein, who helped turn Goldman Sachs from a culture that famously put clients first to one that made clients secondary to its own bottom line.

• Franklin Raines of Fannie Mae, who (like his predecessors) bullied regulators into submission and let his firm drift away from its original, noble mission.

• Brian Clarkson of Moody's, who aggressively pushed to increase his rating agency's market share and stock price, at the cost of its integrity.

• Alan Greenspan, the legendary maestro of the Federal Reserve, who ignored the evidence of a growing housing bubble and turned a blind eye to the lending practices that ultimately brought down Wall Street-and inflicted enormous pain on the country.

Just as McLean's The Smartest Guys in the Room was hailed as the best Enron book on a crowded shelf, so will All the Devils Are Here be remembered for finally making sense of the meltdown and its consequences.

 



Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love
by George R.R. Martin, Gardner R. Dozois, Jacqueline Carey, Lisa Tuttle, Linnea Sinclair, Mary Jo Putney, Tanith Lee, Peter S. Beagle, Yasmine Galenorn, Diana Gabaldon, Jo Beverley, Carrie Vaughn, M.L.N. Hanover, Cecelia Holland, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Robin Hobb, Neil Gaiman, Marjorie M. Liu, Jim Butcher
Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love
Format: PDF
Size: 8.4 MB
Pages: 468

IN this star-studded cross-genre anthology, seventeen of the greatest modern authors of fantasy, science fiction, and romance explore the borderlands of their genres with brand-new tales of ill-fated love. From zombie-infested woods in a postapocalyptic America to faery-haunted rural fields in eighteenth- century England, from the kingdoms of high fantasy to the alien world of a galaxy-spanning empire, these are stories of lovers who must struggle against the forces of magic and fate.

Award-winning, bestselling author Neil Gaiman demonstrates why he’s one of the hottest stars in literature today with “The Thing About Cassandra,” a subtle but chilling story of a man who meets an old girlfriend he had never expected to see.

International blockbuster bestselling author Diana Gabaldon sends a World War II RAF pilot through a stone circle to the time of her Outlander series in “A Leaf on the Winds of All Hallows.” Torn from all he knows, Jerry MacKenzie determinedly survives hardship and danger, intent on his goal of returning home to his wife and baby — no matter the cost.

New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher presents “Love Hurts,” in which Harry Dresden takes on one of his deadliest adversaries and in the process is forced to confront the secret desires of his own heart.

Just the smallest sampling promises unearthly delights, but look also for stories by New York Times bestselling romance authors Jo Beverley and Mary Jo Putney, and by such legends of the fantasy genre as Peter S. Beagle and Tanith Lee, as well as many other popular and beloved writers, including Marjorie M. Liu, Jacqueline Carey, Carrie Vaughn, and Robin Hobb. This exquisite anthology, crafted by the peerless editing team of George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, is sure to leave you under its spell.

Discover the many realms of the heart with this extraordinary cast of acclaimed authors:

PETER S. BEAGLE

JO BEVERLEY

JIM BUTCHER

JACQUELINE CAREY

DIANA GABALDON

NEIL GAIMAN

YASMINE GALENORN

M. L. N. HANOVER

ROBIN HOBB

CECELIA HOLLAND

TANITH LEE

MARJORIE M. LIU

MARY JO PUTNEY

LINNEA SINCLAIR

MELINDA SNODGRASS

LISA TUTTLE

CARRIE VAUGHN

 



Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories
by Poppy Z. Brite
Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories
Format: PDF
Size: 4.5 MB
Pages: 256

Sorry, no description about this book. :(

 



Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite
by P.C. Cast, Heather Brewer, Rachel Caine, Claudia Gray, Nancy Holder, Jeri Smith-Ready, Lili St. Crow
Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite
Format: PDF
Size: 3.8 MB
Pages: 215

Immortal: Love Stories With Bite, edited by P. C. Cast (author of the #1 New York Times phenomenon House of Night series), collected dark, romantic short stories from seven of the hottest vampire writers in YA.

Now Eternal: More Love Stories With Bite presents all-new YA stories featuring vampires, the romantic heroes and heroines that still hold the reading public enraptured. A mix of writers from the first anthology and new contributors makes for a fresh new collection with all of the dark romance of its predecessor, and a book that’s sure to thrill vampire romance fans old and new.

The book includes an original introduction by Cast.

 



Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die
by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, David Malki, Camille Alexa, Yahtzee Croshaw, Randall Munroe, Brian Quinlan, Jeffrey Brown, Aaron Diaz, Kazu Kibuishi, Scott C., Roger Langridge, Karl Kerschl, Cameron Stewart, Tom Francis, Dean Trippe, Erin McKean, James L. Sutter, Kate Beaton, Jeff Stautz, J. Jack Unrau, Brandon Bolt, Shannon Wheeler, Kit Yona, Vera Brosgol, Jeffrey C. Wells, Christopher Hastings, K.M. Lawrence, David Michael Wharton, Brian McLachlan, John Chernega, Paul Horn, Camron Miller, Chris Cox, Les McClaine, Kevin McShane, Kean Soo, K. Sekelsky, James Foreman, Douglas J. Lane
Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die
Format: PDF
Size: 8.1 MB
Pages: 452

"The machine had been invented a few years ago: a machine that could tell, from just a sample of your blood, how you were going to die. It didn't give you the date and it didn't give you specifics. It just spat out a sliver of paper upon which were printed, in careful block letters, the words DROWNED or CANCER or OLD AGE or CHOKED ON A HANDFUL OF POPCORN. It let people know how they were going to die."

Machine of Death tells thirty-four different stories about people who know how they will die. Prepare to have your tears jerked, your spine tingled, your funny bone tickled, your mind blown, your pulse quickened, or your heart warmed. Or better yet, simply prepare to be surprised. Because even when people do have perfect knowledge of the future, there's no telling exactly how things will turn out.

Featuring stories by:

* Randall Munroe
* Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw
* Tom Francis
* Camille Alexa
* Erin McKean
* James L. Sutter
* Douglas J. Lane
* and many others.

Featuring illustrations by:

* Kate Beaton
* Kazu Kibuishi
* Aaron Diaz
* Jeffrey Brown
* Scott C.
* Roger Langridge
* Karl Kerschl
* Cameron Stewart
* and many others

 



Four Play
by Maya Banks, Shayla Black
Four Play
Format: PDF
Size: 6.2 MB
Pages: 346

In Pillow Talk by Maya Banks, Zoe is a woman in a committed relationship with her boyfriend Chase. Then one night, Chase reveals his number-one fantasy, which involves his two best buddies. Is Zoe game? She sure is, because it opens the door for a secret fantasy all her own. In Shayla Black's Her Fantasy Men, a girly-girl named Kelsey plays football, craves action movies, and loves knocking back a cold beer with her three best friends-all male. Yet she's never seemed sexually interested in any one of these hot guys. So what does Kelsey want? A fantasy come true for all four of them.

 



Gingerbread Cookie Murder
by Joanne Fluke, Leslie Meier, Laura Levine
Gingerbread Cookie Murder
Format: PDF
Size: 6.5 MB
Pages: 362

Sorry, no description about this book. :(

 



Under Her Skin
by Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brook, Ilona Andrews
Under Her Skin
Format: PDF
Size: 1.8 MB
Pages: 101

Three short stories of paranormal romance…

“Pack” brings you a tale of a lost hiker and her encounter with some very frightening–and sexy–wolves. A female werewolf helps a sheriff track down a killer “In Sheep’s Clothing.” A woman must repay her family’s debt to a shapeshifting magician in “Grace of Small Magics.”

Please note: Each of these stories previously appeared in print in The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance. This is a collected e-book edition of Ilona Andrews’, Jeaniene Frost’s, and Meljean Brook’s contributions.

 



Haunted by Your Touch
by Jeaniene Frost, Shayla Black, Sharie Kohler
Haunted by Your Touch
Format: PDF
Size: 6.9 MB
Pages: 389

Enter the dark realm of Nocturna in Jeaniene Frost's redhot tale, where blisteringly sexy Raphael dominates the demons of a lawless dimension and tries to help a beautiful young woman avenge her cousin's disappearance. In the shadowy world of Shayla Black's Doomsday Brethren, magical warrior Raiden vows to protect his woman and their unborn youngling from evil-and deliver her safely to another man. But once he's saved her, can he let her go? Lycans rule the night in Sharie Kohler's suspenseful story, as a fiery woman stalks mysterious Luc, the undeniably hypnotic being she believes can save her from turning… if she kills him. Danger beckons in these captivating paranormal tales that will tempt readers to the edge and leave them begging for more.

 



Cloaked in Red
by Vivian Vande Velde
Cloaked in Red
Format: PDF
Size: 2.2 MB
Pages: 128

So you think know the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the girl with the unfortunate name and the inability to tell the difference between her grandmother and a member of a different species? Well, then, try your hand at answering these questions:

-Which character (not including Little Red herself) is the most fashion challenged?

-Who (not including the wolf) is the scariest?

-Who (not including Granny) is the most easily scared?

-Who is the strangest? (Notice we're not "not including" anyone, because they're all a little off. )

-Who (no fair saying "the author") has stuffing for brains?

Vivian Vande Velde has taken eight new looks at one of the world's most beloved (and mixed-up) stories. You may never look at fairy tales in quite the same way again.

 



Zombies Vs. Unicorns
by Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Maureen Johnson, Carrie Ryan, Scott Westerfeld, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Kathleen Duey, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare
Zombies Vs. Unicorns
Format: PDF
Size: 7.7 MB
Pages: 432

It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths-for good and evil-of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

 



My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales
by Kate Bernheimer, Gregory Maguire, Joyelle McSweeney, Lydia Millet, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Brian Evenson, Michael Cunningham, Karen Joy Fowler, Timothy Schaffert, Katherine Vaz, Karen Brennan, Lucy Corin, Joy Williams, Ilya Kaminsky, Michael Martone, Kelly Link, Chris Adrian, Jim Shepard, Kathryn Davis, Kellie Wells, Sabrina Orah Mark, Aimee Bender, Jonathon Keats, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Rabih Alameddine, Stacey Richter, Neil Gaiman, Francesca Lia Block, Lily Hoang, Naoko Awa, Hiromi Itō, Michael Mejia, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Kim Addonizio, Carmen Giménez Smith, Alissa Nutting, Francine Prose, Kevin Brockmeier, Neil LaBute, Shelley Jackson, Marjorie Sandor
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales
Format: PDF
Size: 10.3 MB
Pages: 576

The fairy tale lives again in this book of forty new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction.

Neil Gaiman, “Orange”
Aimee Bender, “The Color Master”
Joyce Carol Oates, “Blue-bearded Lover”
Michael Cunningham, “The Wild Swans”
These and more than thirty other stories by Francine Prose, Kelly Link, Jim Shepard, Lydia Millet, and many other extraordinary writers make up this thrilling celebration of fairy tales — the ultimate literary costume party.
Spinning houses and talking birds. Whispered secrets and borrowed hope. Here are new stories sewn from old skins, gathered by visionary editor Kate Bernheimer and inspired by everything from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” and “The Little Match Girl” to Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard” and “Cinderella” to the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” and “Rumpelstiltskin” to fairy tales by Goethe and Calvino and from China, Japan, Vietnam, Russia, Norway, and Mexico.
Fairy tales are our oldest literary tradition, and yet they chart the imaginative frontiers of the twenty-first century as powerfully as they evoke our earliest encounters with literature. This exhilarating collection restores their place in the literary canon.

 






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