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Red slippers : more tales of Mithgar
McKiernan, Dennis L., 1932-
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New York : ROC, 2004.
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xvi, 377 pages ; 24 cm
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The bestselling fantasy author of Once Upon a Winter's Night...returns to one of his most acclaimed and renowned creations-the exciting, enchanting, and awe-inspiring realm of Mithgar-in a long-awaited collection of short stories that will sweep readers into the very heart of another world...

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Dennis L. McKiernan was born in Moberly, Missouri on April 4, 1932. After a tour with the U.S. Air Force, he received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri in 1958 and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Duke University in 1964. He worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories in research and development for 31 years before becoming a full-time author.

He began writing novels in 1977 while recuperating from an accident. His novels include The Iron Tower Trilogy, The Silver Call Duology, The Eye of the Hunter, The Caverns of Socrates, Once Upon a Winter's Night, and Silver Wolf, Black Falcon.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

The fifteenth book in McKiernan's Mithgar saga is a collection of 12 stories that fill in gaps left by previous tales of Mithgar. Like those tales, they contain classic fantasy elements: abundant dwarves, elves, giants, and other beings great and small, alarming and enchanting, drinking and listening to stories told at tables in a setting as classic as the characters, the taproom of an inn, to wit, the Red Slippers. Even when famed fantasy elements are disguised, it is hardly impossible to recognize such things as, in Lair, the influence of the Fellowship of the Ring's battle against the Balrog in the Mines of Moria. One doubts that McKiernan would deny that influence, though he is a somewhat more visual writer than Tolkien. Maturing over the years, he now brings places like the Karoo Desert and the torrent that swallowed Durek almost thunderously to life. Mithgar still may not appeal to more adventurous fantasy readers, but those who seek long, absorbing yarns in the classic mode will honor and enjoy it. --Roland Green Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Alternating between high tragedy and earthy humor, the 12 stories in this fantasy collection from bestseller McKiernan (Dragonstone, etc.) entertain while touching on complex moral and philosophical issues of gender, society and self-knowledge. Intended to "tie up loose ends left over from the Mithgar series," as the author explains in his foreword, these episodic tales, some of which amount to vignettes or prose poems, are united by the framing device of the Red Slipper, a bordello about which Aylis, Aravan, Noddy and other crew members of the elvinship Eroean spin yarns of danger, revelry and a bittersweet longing to return to the past. Despite the occasional clich?d character, McKiernan never fails to lend humanity to the elves, dwarves and other mythical creatures that populate his appealing world. Agent, Jonathan Matson. (May 4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

After the Elvenship Eroean lands at Port Arbelin, its passengers and crew gather in a tavern called the Red Slipper to share stories of adventure. From the true tale behind the cursed gem known as Gelvin's Doom to the story of the monster of the Grimwall, this collection elaborates on old themes and introduces new motifs in the richly developed world of Mithgar, the setting of many of McKiernan's novels, including the "Iron Tower" trilogy and The Eye of the Hunter. Filled with likable protagonists, this volume is an excellent choice for adult and YA fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.