Reviews tagged "anthology"

 

The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley

Once again McKinley employs her magical prose in this collection of four short stories. Two of the stories are traditional — “The Princess and the Frog” and “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” — while two of them are original — “The Stolen Princess” and “The Hunting of the Hind”. The stories are very traditional in feel […]

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Silver Birch, Blood Moon by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Note: The moral and stylistic grades for this book of short stories are averages. The cover of this anthology calls it “classic fairy tales reimagined for adults” — an accurate description of the short stories included, if one implies a lot of change by ‘reimagined’. A few of the stories are straightforward retellings of well-known […]

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Firebirds by Sharyn November

(Note: the moral and stylistic grades for this book are averages based on the quality of multiple stories.) I am in general quite pleased with the quality of work put out by the Firebird imprint. Their YA and adult fantasy novels tend to be of dependable quality and interest. This anthology, celebrating the Firebird imprint, […]

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The Sword of Welleran and Other Tales of Enchantment by Lord Dunsany

There’s no doubt about it: Lord Dunsany is a master of poetic prose. I was first introduced to him as “the real thing” to replace the ‘false’ Patricia McKillip. I still love McKillip’s prose, but I must admit that the beauty of Lord Dunsany’s language is really unrivaled (in my experience). In this collection of […]

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Sky Songs by Steve Stanton

“Not since the days of Nostradamus has a collection such as this been offered to the reading public,” declares the foreword to Sky Songs; and while the claim is perhaps overblown, there are certainly some interesting and original ideas presented in this anthology of Christian fantasy and science fiction. Alas, the execution is severely lacking; […]

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Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede

This is a collection of ten unrelated short stories by Patricia Wrede. They’re all at least fun, and some of them are quite good. The best two are probably “Roses by Moonlight,” a story about choices and dreams, and “Cruel Sisters,” a retelling of an old ballad. “The Sixty-two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd,” a humorous […]

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Tales from the “White Hart” by Arthur C. Clarke

This book is actually a collection of short stories, all of them involving a group of British scientists and writers who gather at a pub called The White Hart, and the resident Scheherazade: Henry Purvis, a man of uncertain origins and tremendous chutzpah, whose tall tales no one has yet quite managed to prove false. […]

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