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Title:
The mammoth book of fantasy
Author:
Ashley, Michael, 1948-
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Carroll & Graf, 2001.
Physical Description:
xiii, 500 pages ; 20 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The wall around the world / Theodore R. Cogswell -- Darkrose and diamond / Ursula K. Le Guin -- The valley of the worm / Robert E. Howard -- The Golden key / George Macdonald -- The hoard of the Gibbelins / Lord Dunsany -- The last heiroglyph / Clark Ashton Smith -- The sorcerer Pharesm / Jack Vance -- King Yvorian's wager / Darrell Schweitzer -- The howling tower / Fritz Leiber -- Kings in darkness / Michael Moorcock and James Cawthorn -- The Bells of Shoredan / Roger Zelazny -- A hero at the gates / Tanith Lee -- Lady of the skulls / Patricia A. McKillip -- The sunlight on the water / Louise Cooper -- Paladin of the lost hour / Harlan Ellison -- Yesterday was Monday / Theodore Sturgeon -- Pixel pixies / Charles de Lint -- The moon pool / A. Merritt -- The man who painted the dragon Griaule / Lucius Shepard -- Nets of silver and gold / James P Blaylock -- The phantasma of Q---- / Lisa Goldstein -- Audience / Jack Womack -- The edge of the world / Michael Swanwick.
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ISBN:
9780786709175
Format :
Book

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Summary

However you take your fantasy--comic, dark, heroic, or supernatural--your taste will be tantalized by this outstanding collection that brings together in one generous volume originators of this ever-popular genre like George MacDonald and Lord Dunsay; great writers from the golden age of fantasy like Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, and J. R. R. Tolkein, who captivated readers worldwide with The Lord of the Rings; and such contemporary masters of the craft as Terry Pratchett, Michael Moorcock, David Eddings, David Gemmell, Tanith Lee, and Ursula K. LeGuin. Compiled by Mike Ashley, the esteemed editor of the popular Mammoth Comic Fantasy trilogy, this new Mammoth anthology explores the realms of the bizarre, extraordinary, and impossible in more than two dozen ingeniously fashioned tales. Among them stand such classics as Theodore Sturgeon's "Yesterday Was Monday," in which a man wakes to discover he has lost more than a Tuesday; Cleveland Moffett's "The Mysterious Card," a tale chillingly and brilliantly contrived out of opposing perceptions; and "The Wall Around the World," Theodore Cogswell's story of a young boy who masters flight in order to escape the world that has entrapped him. Offering a wide and varied selection of fantasy tales, Mike Ashley's newest anthology promises adventures, journeys, passages, and quests sure to delight readers of every type of fantasy fiction--from the ardent fans of J. R. R. Tolkein to the exuberant followers of Harry Potter.


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Booklist Review

The Mammoth series has a highly respectable track record in producing handy, well-edited anthologies of various types of fiction and nonfiction. Its fantasy entry spans the genre's history from the Victorian George Macdonald to such hearty contemporaries as Lisa Goldstein and Charles de Lint. From in between those milestones come stories by the Edwardian Lord Dunsany, Jazz Age pulpster A. Merritt, '30s yarnspinner Robert Howard (Conan's creator), Fritz Leiber and Theodore Sturgeon from the '40s, and, from younger generations, Harlan Ellison, Ursula Le Guin, Tanith Lee, and others. Seasoned fantasy buffs probably will have read most of the contributors, but even they may find a surprise or two among the specific contents. Newcomers to fantasy and those studying it may consider the book invaluable. --Roland Green


Publisher's Weekly Review

Indomitable British editor Ashley has collected 22 classic fantasy tales (plus one original story) by authors ranging from Victorian George Macdonald to such modern giants as Ursula K. Le Guin and Harlan Ellison in an apparent effort to lure Harry Potter fans to the wider genre. The anthology opens with Theodore R. Cogswell's "The Wall Around the World" (1953), which charms apart from its affinities with the Potter books. Lord Dunsany and his school are represented by the Irish fantasist's own "The Hoard of the Gibbelins"; Lucius Shepard's witty rejoinder to the Dunsany tale, "The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule"; Darrell Schweitzer's ironic "King Yvorian's Wager"; and Jack Vance's wry "The Sorcerer Pharesm." The entries by pulp masters Robert E. Howard ("The Valley of the Worm") and Clark Ashton Smith ("The Last Heiroglyph") are well chosen, but A. Merritt would have been better represented by his "The Woman of the Woods" than by his barely breathing 1918 novelette, "The Moon Pool." The clever and disconcerting concept of Theodore Sturgeon's "Yesterday Was Monday" (1941) more than compensates for the tale's dated style. A new, very human story by Louise Cooper, "The Sunlight on the Water," features a ghost tiring of her still living but aging husband. Other contributors include Roger Zelazny, James P. Blaylock and Tanith Lee, though it would have been nice to see such less familiar if equally worthy names as Frank Owen, John Collier and Walter de la Mare. Still, like other titles in the Mammoth series, this offers high quality at a most affordable price. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved