Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Wizards of Odd - Peter Haining

This anthology, when the editor means fantasy, he is speaking rather broadly, as in he means 'science fiction and fantasy', as quite a bit of the former in this collection. Presumably the title is to tie in with Pratchett and the Pratchett cover. However, Asimov, Clarke and Vonnegut are in this book as well, so a bit hard to disguise them.

It is divided into three sections, the middle one being a 'heroic fantasy' section, and by that he generally means here anything but horror type fantasy, from Tolkien to Leiber, and the last as 'Space Opera', when it isn't really either. So a whole bunch of creative mislabelling going on for whatever reason.

Wizards of Odd : Theatre of Cruelty - Terry Pratchett
Wizards of Odd : How Nuth Would Have Practised His Art upon the Gnoles - Lord Dunsany
Wizards of Odd : Hell Hath No Fury - John Collier
Wizards of Odd : The Twonky - Henry Kuttner
Wizards of Odd : A Great Deal of Power - Eric Frank Russell
Wizards of Odd : Doodad - Ray Bradbury
Wizards of Odd : Not By Its Cover - Philip K. Dick
Wizards of Odd : The Rule of Names - Ursula K. Le Guin
Wizards of Odd : Mythological Beast - Stephen Donaldson
Wizards of Odd : The Adventure of the Snowing Globe - F. Anstey
Wizards of Odd : Affairs in Poictesme - James Branch Cabell
Wizards of Odd : The Ring of Hans Carvel - Fredric Brown
Wizards of Odd : The Bait - Fritz Leiber
Wizards of Odd : A Good Knight's Work - Robert Bloch
Wizards of Odd : Poor Little Warrior - Brian W. Aldiss
Wizards of Odd : The Odd Old Bird - Avram Davidson
Wizards of Odd : Young Zaphod Plays It Safe - Douglas Adams
Wizards of Odd : The Wild Asses of the Devil - H. G. Wells
Wizards of Odd : Ministering Angels - C. S. Lewis
Wizards of Odd : The Gnurrs Come from the Voodvork Out - Reginald Bretnor
Wizards of Odd : Captain Wyxtpthll's Flying Saucer - Arthur C. Clarke
Wizards of Odd : Playboy and the Slime God - Isaac Asimov
Wizards of Odd : There's a Wolf in My Time Machine - Larry Niven
Wizards of Odd : 2 B R 0 2 B - Kurt VonnegutJr.

Death witness.

3.5 out of 5


Jewellery not worth it.

3 out of 5


Angels, devils, all dodgy mate.

2.5 out of 5


Radio rule.

3.5 out of 5


Argumentative overload.

3.5 out of 5


Hey, what does this thingumabob do?

4 out of 5


Outside judging inside, for once.

4 out of 5


What do you call a dragon? Well, if it isn't the right thing, it isn't like you will have to worry about it for long.

4 out of 5


Unicorn revival.

3 out of 5


Dragon, just a big rat?

3 out of 5


Conflict not actually amusing.

3 out of 5


Better than a piercing, at least.

3.5 out of 5


Diamonds, short chick and tall fiends.

4 out of 5


Need protection from quests.

4 out of 5


He's got the dino crabs.

3.5 out of 5


Archaeopteryx, more like chicken, or lizard?

3.5 out of 5


Presidential personality accident.

4 out of 5


Demon donkey drive is long.

3 out of 5


Space escort barrel scraping.

2.5 out of 5


Horsing around in aid of nudity.

4 out of 5


Interstellar contact tricky.

3.5 out of 5


Flying saucer guys not breast men.

4 out of 5


Werewolf girl following time.

3 out of 5


One in, one out. Three at a time sometimes handy.

3.5 out of 5





3.5 out of 5

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