[Jonathan Strahan] Fearsome Journeys The New Solaris Book of Fantasy [abuse Book] PDF
Llower and Kate Elliott s Leaf and Branch and Grass and Vine maybe also Elizabeth Bear s The Ghost Makers I think my problem with short stories is that they don t have enough time to develop the world and characters in the way I like from a fantasy story Some people are very deft at it but mostly it s a bit beyond people to write a good short story "With The Kind Of Twist I Like From The Form "the kind of twist I like from the form well as the worldcharacters I lik Engaging as usual but not particularly outstanding A dragon comes to town and the town s sole knight has the task of dispatching it Please note this review will be updated as I read stories from the anthologySo as I mentioned this is an anthology of short fantasy stories The collection consists of the followingAmethyst Shadow and Light by Saladin AhmedAn unusual pair of thieves was made an offer they could not refuse They only needed to steal an artifact always guarded by powerful crazy sorcerers Still a choice between a certain death now and probable very much in the near future in the hands of said crazies is not really a choice It was solid 35 stars read solid but been there done that affair The last couple of scenes while not exactly original were still uite unusual for traditional fantasy and were enough for me to "round the rating up I need to add I am not a big fan of Saladin Ahmed but this story "the rating up I need to
Add I Am Not I am not big fan of Saladin Ahmed but this story a good rating Shaggy Dog Bridge A Black Company Story by Glen CookThe tale takes part between the second and the third books of the main series A whole lot of familiar faces are back including Darling Lieutenant Elmo Silent Otto Hagop Goblin and One Eye The Company is on the run from their previous employers that are determined to obliterate the mercenaries from the face of the Earth The expression from frying pan into the fire nicely describes the plotThis was the reason I got my hands on this anthology People familiar with my reviews know I love the series The only catch is ou need to be already familiar with the characters to fully enjoy the story It starts a little confusingly but uickly becomes interesting in the sense that it adds one intriguing detail to the world building The rating is firm 4 stars if ou have read at least the first two books of the main series So the final rating for now is 4 stars which I will update later with review of stories The first few stories were great the rest mediocre to plain bad I abandoned two That seems to be about par for the latest anthologies by Strahan though I like being able to sample authors work both when they re writing in their typical world out of it I often wonder if some that have been around a long time are popular are worth another go Trudi Canavan s contribution was a really pleasant surprise She s an author I don t typically read but Camp Follower was excellent one of the very best of the collection as was Saladin Ahmed s an author new to me Neither story by Cook or Bear changed my mind about their writing I got through both stories but I don t want to read any by either All the stories were well narrated although there were irritating reminders to continue on the next CD I hate that in an audiobook I downloaded An anthology so there ll always be some ou or I like better than others but not a stinker in the bunch Particular highlights for me included stories by Scott Lynch in a vaguely Vancean mode Elizabeth Bear a welcome return to the world of the Shattered Sky although not directly connected to any of the novels and KJ Parker the least romantic least chivalrous bit of dragon slaying Bogus Allegations you re ever likely to come across Plus strong contributions from Glen Cook Ellen Kushner Daniel Abraham and Saladin Ahmed amongst o There s nothing like an anthology claiming to offer a survey of a field to remindou why ou hate that field The cover calls this The New Solaris Book of Fantasy but as the introduction makes semi clear what began as a plan for something wide ranging soon degenerated into a collection of mainstream fantasy Which is to say these stories all occur in pseudo mediaeval secondary worlds Some of the worlds indeed are so close to historical that it gets uite distracting particularly when terms like French and Outremer crop up For Of Merebarton” by K J Parker“Leaf and Branch and Grass and Vine” by Kate Eliot“Spirits of Salt A Tale of the Coral Heart” by Jeffrey Ford“Forever People” by Robert V S Redick“Sponda the Suet Girl and the Secret of the French Pearl” by Ellen Klages“Shaggy Dog Bridge A Black Company Story” by Glen Cook“The Ghost Makers” by Elizabeth Bear“One Last Great Adventure” by Ellen Kushner Ysabeau Wilce“The High King Dreaming” by Daniel Abraham.
Jonathan Strahan ´ 1 READNgest story in terms of plot it was compelling from a narrative standpointFor those of ou who are curious it s Lynch Elliott and Bear who are the three authors who ve made the most significant climbs in my TBR pile and Ahmed and Canavan who have won themselves a place Overall however this just a great collection of tales well selected and well put together by a man who has an obvious feel for the genre I cannot recommend Fearsome Journeys highly enough Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins The Effigy Engine A Tale of the Red Hats by Scott Lynch I m not a huge fan of the novels Lynch writes but this is the second short story that I read from him and ou know what I liked the two a lot Amethyst Shadow and Light by Saladin Ahmed it s not in the same world like the first novel of the writer but it was another good surprise Good story good characters great writingCamp Follower by Trudi Canavan It had a prety ok story I haven t read anything before by Trudi and I m not really tempted to do so in the near futureThe Dragonslayer of Merebarton by K J Parker Not so great like the other storie Parker has written but still it s a Parker story I don t expect a lot from short story anthologies I may well have "been reading short story anthologies since before I started in on novels At least in the grownups "reading short story anthologies since before I started in on novels At least in the grownups of the library and maybe before I remember those old Alfred Hitchcock anthologies from my elementary school as well as I remember The Mouse the Motorcycle But as I say I don t expect much Outside of a very small number of editors I ve become accustomed to enjoying an anthology if it has than two stories I really like Money well spent there are a whole lot which do not even chin that Bar Truth Is If There Is ONE Wonderful Story In Truth is if there is ONE wonderful story in then I am happy Good short fiction is hard to find and I just don t have the time to scour the small presses to weed them out for myself This book has three wonderful stories Each one alone would have been enoughThe Effigy Engine by Scott LynchThe Ghost Makers by Elizabeth BearSpirits of Salt A Tale of the Coral Heart by Jeffrey FordIt also has a few very good stories beside these As there are only twelve stories in the entire book that s a high ratio The Dragonslayer of Merebarton by KJ Parker and One Last Great Adventure by Ellen Kushner were the ones that really stood out for me This is the second anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan which I have really enjoyed after Swords Dark Magic The New Sword and Sorcery He may well be one of those too rare editors able to put together a truly compellin March 31 2019 picking this up again because I m um ou know fearsome like that and stuff Why thank Das Feenorakel Licht Amp Schatten 4 you so much for the support doggy looking barnacles minePS Expect this review to be bumped to death as I read and crappily non review stories in this collection and stuff You re welcome and stuff January 2019 Disclaimer there are twelve short stories in this collection I only read Glen Cook s Because I m revoltingly selective like that And also because DUH Friendly warning the first three paragraphs of this review are a total waste ofour time You re welcome Shaggy Dog Bridge by Glen Cook 45 stars and stuff Shit happens Sometimes no matter how much Seven Contemporary Chinese Women Writers you dog gnaw the boneou don t get it to make no sense specially the who done what why So I read this sentence the very first in this lovely little tale full of fluffy bunnies and pastel colored rainbows and thought to myself why do I ever bother reading stuff NOT written by Glen Cook anyway Okay so No you probably think that this is me slightly exaggerating again and that this sentence is nothing special And it s alright I meanou re entitled to Southeast Asia 3 Volumes your ever erroneous opinion and stuff Besides I was as clueless asou Barnacled Bunch once view spoiler hahahahaha just kidding Trying to make Qpb Mammoth Book Of Erotica you feel better aboutour little selves that is all hide spoiler As usual with anthologies this was a good mix of the sort of stories that interested me and ones that don t I was decidedly meh about a few of them but for the most part it s a solid collection showcasing the current crop of SFF talent I think my favourite stories were Scott Lynch s The Effigy Engine Trudi Canavan s Camp Fo. Ologies featuring original fiction from the master editor Jonathan Strahan The authors appearing in the launch volume include Trudi Canavan Elizabeth Bear Daniel Abraham Kate Elliott Saladin Ahmed Glen Cook Scott Lynch Ellen Klages Ellen Kushner Ysabeau Wilce Jeffrey Ford Robert Redick and KJ ParkerContent“The Effigy Engine A Tale of the Red Hats” by Scott Lynch“Amethyst Shadow and Light” by Saladin Ahmed“Camp Follower” by Trudi Canavan“The Dragonslayer. .
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service message to those are fortunate enough to be reading and voting on the various genre awards Go ahead and pencil in Fearsome Journeys as this Qhr year s winner for best anthology and Jonathan Strahan as winner for best editor That s right findour nomination form jot the title down put a huge asterisk beside it as the likely winner and focus our reading efforts on those categories et be decided Okay so maybe I am being a bit facetious but it really is that goodShort story collections are problematic for me On the one hand I like being able to sample authors in small doses and to get a feel for their work or to simply pay a brief visit with old favorites no strings or subseuent volumes attached On the other hand I find them wildly uneven in terms of content and uality with the weakest entries unfairly dragging down my overall impression of the collection as a wholeMuch to my delight Fearsome Journeys has proven to be the rare exception to that rule There were a few stories here that didn t completely wow me but I can honestly say I still enjoyed them all While those few suffer by comparison against their companions here they likely would have come across as some of the better entries in a different collection There are several authors here who have just shot to the top of my TBR pile based on the strength of their contributions and a few others who ve absolutely demanded I immediately rectify their absence from that same pileThe Effigy Engine A Tale of the Red Hats by Scott Lynch was a great choice to lead off the collection It s fantastic in every sense of the world with a world and characters I would gladly revisitAmethyst Shadow and Light by Saladin Ahmed was another great story reminiscent to me of the tales of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser with a surprise ending that left me with a satisfied smileCamp Follower by Trudi Canavan was a really interesting story with several twists that worked exceptionally well and an ending that satisfied immenselyThe Dragonslayer of Merebarton by K J Parker was for me probably the weakest entry in the collection I simply didn t care for the telling finding it too casual and removed with no sense of urgency but the story itself was decentLeaf and Branch and Grass and Vine by Kate Elliott than redeemed that small literary stumble with a great tale exceptionally well told some nice mythology and characters I really want to read aboutSpirits of Salt A Tale of the Coral Heart by Jeffrey Ford is one of the few I had issues with As well told as it was I didn t care for the main character at all The clever twist ending redeemed it somewhat but not enough to rise above its peersForever People by Robert V S Redick is a story that I uite liked finding myself very invested in seeing how it all developed but I find myself feeling a little well ambiguous about the ambiguity of the ending I didn t originally care for it but found it better on a second read although I find myself wavering again this morningSponda the Suet Girl and the Secret of the French Pearl by Ellen Klages is an oddly comic tale that almost felt out of place here but had some really nice elements to it and won me over with just how thoroughly the tables were turned by the endShaggy Dog Bridge A Black Company Story by Glen Cook was a serviceable enough story with some great moments of action and drama but I found the narrative a bit flat as if it assumed too much of the reader in terms of Black Company knowledge Having said that I can see why Cook is so often mentioned in the same breath as Steven EriksonThe Ghost Makers by Elizabeth Bear was an absolutely stellar tale well told with a pair of intriguing protagonists and a nice weaving of magic and mythology It took me a while to warm "Up To It But "to it but appreciation continued to grow as each layer was revealedOne Last Great Adventure by Ellen Kushner and Ysabeau S Wilce was a story where I found the present tense narrative a bit jarring at first but eventually settled in to enjoy a decent taleThe High King Dreaming by Daniel Abraham is a deep dark introspective tale told in snippets and scenes While it may not have offered the stro. A brand new series bringing ou Fantasy stories from some of the biggest and most exciting names in the genre The authors appearing in the launch volume include Trudi Canavan Elizabeth Bear Daniel Abraham Kate Elliott Saladin Ahmed Glen Cook Scott Lynch Ellen Klages Ellen Kushner Ysabeau Wilce Jeffrey Ford Robert Redick and KJ Parker An amazing array of the most popular and exciting names in Fantasy are set to appear in the first in a brand new series of Fantasy anth.Public Service Message To Those