Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Mammoth Book Of Fantasy All-Time Greats - Martin H. Greenberg and Robert Silverberg

A rather impressive collection of fantasy work, Only three of these stories I thought were average, and as such, this average 3.66.

Something of a historical overview, from the time of Poe and Bierce, through the Weird Tales Three and the pulp era, and on to the sixties and seventies, so a very useful sampling of authors for someone that is intersted in fantasy stories, or writers to check out.

Although this Hall of Fame is without Conan or Lankhmar is perhaps a little light on. Although the Leiber is a classic, there are better Howard stories that could have been included.

Definitely recommended, however.

Fantasy Hall of Fame : The Masque of the Red Death - Edgar Allan Poe
Fantasy Hall of Fame : An Inhabitant of Carcosa - Ambrose Bierce
Fantasy Hall of Fame : The Sword of Welleran - Lord Dunsany
Fantasy Hall of Fame : The Women of the Wood - A. Merritt
Fantasy Hall of Fame : The Weird of Avoosl Wuthoqquan - Clark Ashton Smith
Fantasy Hall of Fame : The Valley of the Worm - Robert E. Howard
Fantasy Hall of Fame : Black God's Kiss - C. L. Moore
Fantasy Hall of Fame : The Silver Key - H. P. Lovecraft
Fantasy Hall of Fame : Nothing in the Rules - L. Sprague deCamp
Fantasy Hall of Fame : A Gnome There Was - Henry Kuttner
Fantasy Hall of Fame : Snulbug - Anthony Boucher
Fantasy Hall of Fame : The Words of Guru - C. M. Kornbluth
Fantasy Hall of Fame : Homecoming - Ray Bradbury
Fantasy Hall of Fame : Mazirian the Magician - Jack Vance
Fantasy Hall of Fame : O Ugly Bird! - Manly Wade Wellman
Fantasy Hall of Fame : The Silken-Swift - Theodore Sturgeon
Fantasy Hall of Fame : The Golem - Avram Davidson
Fantasy Hall of Fame : That Hell-Bound Train - Robert Bloch
Fantasy Hall of Fame : Kings in Darkness - Michael Moorcock
Fantasy Hall of Fame : Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes - Harlan Ellison
Fantasy Hall of Fame : Gonna Roll the Bones - Fritz Leiber
Fantasy Hall of Fame : The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas - Ursula K. LeGuin


Bloody party.

3.5 out of 5


Death set in stone.

3.5 out of 5


Old hero ghost guides.

4 out of 5


Forest slayage.

3.5 out of 5


A beggar prophecies that man's greed will be his undoing. More to the point, some emeralds, and he meant it literally.

3 out of 5


Dragonslaying, Norse reincarnation style. Not quite to the standard of his other stories, I think.

3 out of 5


An escape from a captor leads Jirel basically into a Clark Ashton Smith story, and a passionate revenge.

4 out of 5


After opening the iron box and finding what was in it, no one can find Randolph Carter anymore.

4 out of 5


Mermaid ring-in doesn't quite make the seal of sobriety.

4 out of 5


Underground transformation organisation against the head egg man.

4 out of 5


Man a bit of a demon.

3.5 out of 5


Planet busting phoneme.

3.5 out of 5


I want to feel the wind beneath my wings. Or I'll cry.

3.5 out of 5


Spell use needs to be judicious.

4 out of 5


A good whack from a silver string axe leaves your big turkey ghost just a cold casserole.

3.5 out of 5


Virgin deception test, unicorn required.

3 out of 5


"I am not a human being!"

3.5 out of 5


Time-stop devil of a deal indecision.

4 out of 5


Too much royalty and dead things, but some reward.

3.5 out of 5


Maggie, I wish I had something to say to you. But you're dead.

3.5 out of 5


Dicing with Death.

4.5 out of 5


"Well we know where we're goin
But we dont know where we've been"

4 out of 5





4.5 out of 5

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