After Hours: Tales from Ur-Bar (2020)

After Hours Tales from Ur Bar Science fiction and fantasy readers have long shown an affinity for a good bar story Now some of today s most inventive scriveners have decided to tell their own tall tales from an alewife s attempt t
  • Title: After Hours: Tales from Ur-Bar
  • Author: Joshua Palmatier Patricia Bray Anton Strout Seanan McGuire Juliet E. McKenna Laura Anne Gilman Ian Tregillis Avery Shade
  • ISBN: 9780756406592
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • After Hours: Tales from Ur-Bar
    Science fiction and fantasy readers have long shown an affinity for a good bar story Now some of today s most inventive scriveners have decided to tell their own tall tales from an alewife s attempt to transfer the gods curse to Gilgamesh, to Odin s decision to introduce Vikings to the Ur Bar, from the Holy Roman Emperor s barroom bargain, to a demon hunter who may jusScience fiction and fantasy readers have long shown an affinity for a good bar story Now some of today s most inventive scriveners have decided to tell their own tall tales from an alewife s attempt to transfer the gods curse to Gilgamesh, to Odin s decision to introduce Vikings to the Ur Bar, from the Holy Roman Emperor s barroom bargain, to a demon hunter who may just have met his match in the ultimate magic bar, to a bouncer who discovers you should never let anyone in after hours in a world terrorized by zombies ALEWIFE IN KISH Benjamin TateWHY THE VIKINGS HAD NO BARS S C ButlerTHE EMPEROR S NEW GOD Jennifer DunneTHE TALE THAT WAGGED THE DOG Barbara AshfordSAKE AND OTHER SPIRITS Maria V SnyderTHE FORTUNE TELLER MAKES HER WILL Kari SperringTHE TAVERN FIRE D.B JacksonLAST CALL Patricia BrayTHE ALCHEMY OF ALCOHOL Seanan McGuireTHE GRAND TOUR Juliet E McKennaPARIS 24 Laura Anne GilmanSTEADY HANDS AND A HEART OF OAK Ian TregillisFORBIDDEN Avery ShadeWHERE WE ARE IS HELL Jackie KesslerIZDU BAR Anton Strout
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    1. Imagine an eternal bar managed by Gilgamesh himself It has existed everywhere and when, and always has exactly what its patrons need on tap which sometimes differs from what they think they want What started as an idea a group of authors came up with while in their cups translated magnificently into a collection that is the perfect combination of humorous and haunting Each story has something new to offer a bit of insight, a cunning use of Gil and his bar and they all come together to build a be [...]

    2. Imagine this there is a bar It s a magical bar in that it can travel through time and appears at any place in this world, apparently at its own whim, and its appearance changes accordingly in order for it to blend in with its surroundings At the whim of the owner cum bartender, you may be served a special brew that can make a wish come true The bar is a prison for this person, however the person is blessed with immortality, but this person can never leave the bar The stories in After Hours Tales [...]

    3. I downloaded this to my new Acer tablet I bought to take on my tour Yes, i have a copy, but didn t want to lug the extra weight around Well it seems I don t really like to read on my tablet a book in hand is my preferred method of reading, so this took me quite some time to finish since I only read it when I was traveling.The short stories are all centered around a bar owned and operated by Gilgamesh are interesting and diverse And I must admit I wrote one of the stories so the rating and review [...]

    4. Book Review After Hours Tales from the Ur BarOne of the warnings I ve been given as a fantasy writer is to avoid clich tavern scenes Enter AFTER HOURS TALES FROM THE UR BAR, an anthology about a time traveling tavern that carefully breaks this rule and others Disclaimer Since I know the editors and some of the authors of this book, I have tried exceptionally hard to be objective in reviewing That said, I think the concept is cool Check it out Shamelessly pilfered from afterhoursurbarvejournal Af [...]

    5. As always when I buy a multi author anthology, I make a beeline for the stories by the authors whose work I already know since the chances are very high I ll enjoy those stories After that I work my way through the remaining stories from start to finish I m pleased to say there was only one story in this collection which failed to engage me and I left it unfinished No, I m not going to name and shame the author as it may well be down to me not the author that I couldn t get into it Of the author [...]

    6. This is a bar stories collection, about a bar that travels from place to place, tended by the Mesopotamian hero Gilgamesh, made immortal but unable to leave his bar I m a sucker for bar stories, fromTales from the White Hart toCallahan s Crosstime Saloon This was a fun collection, but, for me, didn t match either of the others I mentioned There are no recurring characters the regulars of the bar other than Gil himself, whose importance to the story varies wildly and those barflies often add a lo [...]

    7. This is an interesting mix of short stories My favorites were Forbidden by Avery Shade, An Alewife in Kish by Benjamin Tate, The Alchemy of Alcohol by Seanan McGuire, Where We are is Hell by Jackie Kessler, and Izdu Bar by Anton Stout.

    8. Tales from Ur Bar was a fun short story collection The prologue starts Fifteen authors walked into a bar and out came this compilation It wasn t that simple, of course, but it sounded good Anyway, this collection of stories is hung together on the premise that Gilgamesh did get his wish for immortality as a bartender in an immortal bar Yes, it s the bar that is immortal, not that it is a bar for immortals The bar cannot be destroyed, but that it will reincarnate in another place and time, with G [...]

    9. This is a collection of 15 short stories by different authors.The theme for the collection is that all of the stories include a magical bar that moves from place to place throughout history.The bar also changes its appearance when it moves.The bartender is cursed so that they can never leave the bar and is immortal.The only way for the bartender to give up their position is if someone willingly takes up the post.For most of the stories, Gilgamesh is the immortal bartender.Stories range from okay [...]

    10. A man woman dog ghost time traveler god walks into a bar Maybe it s just an ordinary bar, staffed by ordinary people But maybe, just maybe, it s the Ur Bar, the one establishment of its age that captures the essence of the very first bar, where the gods of old first granted the ancient Sumerians the recipe for beer In that case, magic runs freely than it otherwise might, and the giant of a man behind the bar is Gilgamesh, who found the immortality he sought but at a price.After Hours is a colle [...]

    11. I thought I would love this anthology centered on a bar owned by Gilgamesh that travels through time I have been intrigued with ancient Mesopotamia since high school, I ve published a novel about Gilgamesh, and I m teaching a course on the Epic of Gilgamesh in the fall I also enjoy time travel stories.Sadly, this anthology was not at all what I expected Gilgamesh is a minor character at best in these stories in one, he doesn t even appear he s sleeping in another room Gilgamesh is a cardboard ch [...]

    12. 15 stories set in a bar that moves and morphs with the times I really like the concept, but some of the stories are just not to my taste, someone who likes historical fantasy than I do would probably like of the stories I would be interested in reading stories by other authors set in this bar I ll add ratings below only for the ones I liked An Alewife in Kish by Benjamin Tate liked this, good set up for the anthology 4 stars Why the Vikings Had No Bars by S.C Butler interesting 3.5 starsThe E [...]

    13. I rarely have luck with anthologies I think that s the norm for a lot of people based on reviews I ve read here and there That said, I saw a review for this particular anthology Can t remember who was so in favor of it, but it was a trusted agent and I put it on the WWBL Then BN must have been having a heckuva sale and it was put in the shopping cart and on Mt Git r Read I think it only languished for a bit before I was in the mood for this type of read And what a swell decision Every single sto [...]

    14. It took me a long time to work my way through these stories As with any anthology there were some that stood out and some that I struggled with The stories were all of a very high quality I suspect the trouble was with me than anything.The stories that really stood out of the collection for me were The Tavern Fire by D.B Jackson and The Alchemy of Alcohol by Seanan McGuire.My two favorites from the collection show a couple of interesting things First, good writing is good writing I like Jackson [...]

    15. A strong collection of fantasy tales, all woven around the What if Gilgamesh finally achieved immortality, but he has to be a bartender in a bar that travels in time and location The stories start in Kish by Benjamin Tate and sets the bar, um, in ways than one It tells how Gilgamesh became the bartender.From there, we travel to find out why the Vikings have no bars, to the Holy Roman Empire, to Scotland to Japan to France during the time of the Sun King, to Colonial Boston, to the Continent whe [...]

    16. Pull up a stool, grab your favorite poison and listenThis was an out of the box read for me I won it from Avery Shade I was attracted by the premise of the anthology A bar run by Gilgamesh that continues to exist through out time Each author starts with this premise and writes a tale in their own reality and time I loved every single one of these stories there are 15 All the authors were unknown to me before this book Each one thrilled me with tales of adventure, sacrifice and humor Each author [...]

    17. In After Hours Tales from the Ur Bar, editors Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray have taken the clich d tavern meetup of fantasy stories and role playing games and turned it on its head in an entertaining anthology that revolves around a time traveling bar Benjamin Tate establishes the origins of this Ur Bar in the first story of the collection, An Alewife In Kish In ancient Sumeria, perhaps in the city of Ur, Kubaba has been cursed to live an immortal life spent tending her drinking establishme [...]

    18. Anthologies are often tricky for me to rate, and this one is no exception Some of the stories were awesome and some weren t Most of the stories grew up organically around the premise of Gilgamesh s immortal bar, but there were a few that gave the distinct impression of being half written before the idea for this anthology and the immortal bar was thrown in ex post facto This volume is definitely worth reading and it introduced me to a few authors that I d like to check out in the future, as well [...]

    19. After Hours is based around the idea of a Bar that moves through space and time with a bartender that can never leave Each story is set in a different city and place throughout history and the styles range from pure fantasy to comedy to horror Overall this is a strong anthology but the arrangement of the stories in chronological order at times does them a disservice as the tones change than the eras I would recommend this anthology for lovers of the variety possible in fantasy and readers of ur [...]

    20. In the spirit of full disclosure, I ll admit that I have a story in this anthology But I can honestly say that the rest of the stories are just terrific, and that Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray did a terrific job editing the collection They were just terrific to work with and helped make my story as good as it could be So, yeah, I m in the antho, and my recommendation might not be the most unbiased out there But it really is a good collection.

    21. After Hours is a fun, enjoyable anthology The stories all have a common thread a mysterious bar run by an imprisoned Gilgamesh that travels through time and place I think my favorite story was The Alchemy of Alcohol by Seanan McGuire it comes with drink recipes but honestly, I enjoyed all of the stories immensely and found myself wondering as I began each story, where it would take me.

    22. I liked pretty much all the stories in this anthology the fact that it ended the way it ended was my only objection full disclosure I really hate zombie stories Really hate Even well written ones That being said, I loved the premise an anthology of stories all written in the same bar, in different times and different places This is very well written, and I highly recommend it.

    23. Rating for The Tavern Fire D.B Jackson have not yet read other storiesNB The Witch of Dedham D.B Jackson story not listed on site gets 2 stars.Both are stories in the Thieftaker Chronicles series though not listed as such.

    24. Anthologies are a mixed bag.I never like everything in an anthology but I always like Seanan McGuire s work I thought I d like it better because it was about a supernatural tavern but the stories really didn t grab me much.

    25. Good collection of short stories Nice to get a chance to read work by some unknown to me writers Reminded me a bit of Callahan s but without the puns and set scenes this place moves forward through time, changing its location and appearance with each new civilization.

    26. A great theme with the time travelling bar and barman standout stories from Seanan McGuire, Patricia Bray and Anton Stout.

    27. Cute but boring after a few stories I m not gripped by short stories a much as I was as a kid The concept was good and many of the story very funny.

    28. I won this book from the first reads giveaways and I am so excited to read it I started reading it now Thanks.

    29. Great premise to a collection of short stories There were two that I didn t really like, but the rest were very entertaining.

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