I broke my rule about not buying anthologies to pick up the spectacular looking Rogues edited by that carefree scamp, George RR Martin. The main selling point was, of course, Neil Gaiman's new Neverwhere short story. It also features new fiction from some other authors I like, such as Connie Willis and Scott Lynch.
I don't usually buy anthologies. I kind of actively dislike them. They're often uneven, disjointed and they never feel worth the money. The stories always end just as they're starting to get good and twenty pages isn't long enough to show your stuff, metaphorically. Some people say they pick them up to get a feel for a new author, but I don't think I've ever discovered an author that way. Often, if I don't know the writer I'll just skip over the story.
So before I bring you a review of some of the best stories in the Rogues anthology tomorrow, I wanted to get your opinion on anthologies themselves. Do you like them? And, if you do, WHY? Do you use them to find new writers or do you like the shorter stories? I can't for the life of me figure them out.
Tell me in comment how you feel about anthologies, your answer might show up in my post tomorrow!