Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Sword and Sorcery Anthology - David G. Hartwell and Jacob Weisman

A solid collection of sword and sorcery stories. Let down mainly by the selection of writers like Wolfe, Ford and Swanwick who are completely unlikely to ever produce a good story of this type. Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Tower of the Elephant - Robert E. Howard Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Black God's Kiss - C. L. Moore Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Unholy Grail - Fritz Leiber Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Tale of Hauk - Poul Anderson Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams - Michael Moorcock Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Adventuress - Joanna Russ Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Gimmile's Song - Charles R. Saunders Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Undertow - Karl Edward Wagner Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Stages of the God - Ramsey Campbell (writing as Montgomery Comfort) Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Barrow Troll - David Drake Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat - Glen Cook Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Epistle from Lebanoi - Michael Shea Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Become a Warrior - Jane Yolen Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Red Guild - Rachel Pollack Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Six from Atlantis - Gene Wolfe Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Sea Troll's Daughter - Caitlín R. Kiernan Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Coral Heart - Jeffrey Ford Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Path of the Dragon - George R. R. Martin Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Year of the Three Monarchs - Michael Swanwick Conan is in thieving mode here. In a tavern, he is asking the assembled crowd of nogoodniks why no-one has stolen a famous jewel from this tower. They tell him because it is guarded by some very nasty things. He, of course, investigates, and meets a master thief attempting the same thing. Humans, animals, a giant spider and a wizard are to be encountered, not to mention an alien. 4 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 Murdered Mouse's mentor means Duke's death desired, daughter, however, not so dastardly. 4 out of 5 Zombie skipper dad. 3.5 out of 5 Elric has conflict with another sorcerer and horde, and throw in a big cat and some dragons. 3.5 out of 5 Guiding a girl. With varieties of fishing. 3 out of 5 Dossouye runs into a couple of nogoodniks and introduces them to her war bull. Finds out about the statuette they were after. With the cursed by Legba muso. 3.5 out of 5 You should listen to Kane when he tells you what his woman is like. 3.5 out of 5 Mercenary pursuit shrine. 3 out of 5 Toasted cave gold lust takeover. 4 out of 5 Old soldiers, beware of. 4 out of 5 Nifft the Lean gets literally thrown into a Witch War rerun while spice prospecting. 3.5 out of 5 Kill all the bad husbands. 3.5 out of 5 Assassins. Celibate, angry naturegirls. Demons should avoid. 3.5 out of 5 Kill the ape king, leave the wives. 3 out of 5 Kill dad, no big deal short girls. Want furs? 3 out of 5 Tulpa runthrough. 3 out of 5 Slaver punishment. 3 out of 5 Wherein it is discovered that you cannot be paranoid enough as ruler of a Floating City. 3 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

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