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A collection of fantasy short stories and essays on fantasy by Poul Anderson.


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A collection of fantasy short stories and essays on fantasy by Poul Anderson.

30 review for Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    This is a collection of Poul Anderson's short fiction that focuses on his fantasy output. The book is divided into three sections: "Historical," "A-Historical," and "It Could Happen To You." Out of the first section the opening piece "House Rule," was truly fantastical on every front telling the story of a strange tavern that exists outside of normal time and space called the "Old Phoenix" which is populated by a host of fictional characters and historical characters, to say more would ruin the This is a collection of Poul Anderson's short fiction that focuses on his fantasy output. The book is divided into three sections: "Historical," "A-Historical," and "It Could Happen To You." Out of the first section the opening piece "House Rule," was truly fantastical on every front telling the story of a strange tavern that exists outside of normal time and space called the "Old Phoenix" which is populated by a host of fictional characters and historical characters, to say more would ruin the tale, and I would not wish to do that at all. The other two pieces from the "Historical" section were simply not to my taste, but mileage I know will vary. The next section: "A-Historical," contained five tales, and two of these feature a wonderful traveling bard known as Cappen Verra (The Valor of Cappen Varra & The Gate of the Flying Knives)- must reads for any fan of fantasy short fiction. The rest of this section is made up of two interesting takes on standard themes present within the fantasy genre, "A Logical Conclusion," dealing with two individuals, one a book publisher and one a barbarian type undergoing the old switcheroo, and "The Barbarian," a fun twist to the barbarian tale- neither were truly great, but both worth reading. This section closes out with a great essay entitled "On Thud and Blunder" which any aspiring writer of sword and sorcery fiction would do well to read, as it truly provides some great pointers on accurate world building, many of which are oft ignored. The final section: "It Could Happen To You," contained five short pieces of fiction, another essay on the craft ("Fantasy in the Age of Science"), and ended with a well put together afterword ("An Invitation to Elfland" by Sandra Miesel). As far as the tales in this section "Bullwinch's Mythology" and "Superstition," were average falling short of the standard Anderson caliber, and "Pact" was quitte good providing an interesting twist on the old "deal with the devil" theme. The two pieces that really stood out in this section were "Interloper," which provided a truly interesting take on the world of fairies and elves, and "The Visitor" which was a hauntingly beautiful tale about a dream and tragic loss, both I would consider must read short stories. All in all if you are a fan of Poul Anderson then this is simply a must read as you well know that he is a great writer in any field he chooses to plant words. I would also recommend this book to any fan of the fantasy genre in general as it provides many interesting takes on themes found within the genre. Namaste.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    A great collection of short fantasy stories by Poul Anderson, along with some of his essays on the fantasy field.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eric N.

    Got halfway thru.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    A great collection of different kinds of fantasy, from past to future. Also a couple of interesting diversions on the nature of writing fantasy that authors will likely find interesting. Note that the final chapter about Poul Anderson includes a lot of spoilers for works not in this collection. If, like me, you are only now discovering Anderson, you’ll probably want to skip that chapter.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    A number of decent short fantasy stories. I especially like it for it's article "Thud and Blunder" about writing good fantasy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    I really don't understand the purpose of that "WASPS are the real victims" essay (I presume it was satire, since it was in a collection entitled "Fantasy") but the rest was really very good

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Buck

    A great read, especially the two essays "On Thud & Blunder" & "Fantasy in the Age of Science". Also "The Gate of Flying Knives" is pure D&D, wonderfully fun!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lucas

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christian

  10. 5 out of 5

    Art

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  12. 5 out of 5

    Justin

  13. 4 out of 5

    Allan

  14. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rose

  16. 5 out of 5

    OTTOgd

  17. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  21. 4 out of 5

    Louisxiv

  22. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    A really good collection of the stories and essays of Poul Anderson, and like all collections bound to be a but hit-or-miss. But Poul Anderson is awesome, and I was tempted to rate this higher (5/5 rather than 4/5), but for the fact that some stories and essays were so dramatically better than others, and I suspect one could have culled a collection of uniformly amazing quality from Anderson's works. Still, definitely worth the read for any fan of classic fantasy and sci-fi, especially if one A really good collection of the stories and essays of Poul Anderson, and like all collections bound to be a but hit-or-miss. But Poul Anderson is awesome, and I was tempted to rate this higher (5/5 rather than 4/5), but for the fact that some stories and essays were so dramatically better than others, and I suspect one could have culled a collection of uniformly amazing quality from Anderson's works. Still, definitely worth the read for any fan of classic fantasy and sci-fi, especially if one has an interest in Appendix N literature . . .

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ron Johnson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andreas

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steve Goble

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Douglas

  27. 5 out of 5

    Keith Davis

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kellyann

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Wilson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

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