The Sword & Sorcery Anthology

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  • Title: The Sword & Sorcery Anthology
  • Author: David G. Hartwell Jacob Weisman Robert E. Howard C.L. Moore Fritz Leiber Poul Anderson Michael Moorcock Joanna Russ
  • ISBN: 9781616960698
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • Terrifying barbarians, cunning mages, and daring heroes run rampant through these exceptional examples of the exciting sword and sorcery genre In Tower of the Elephant, Conan takes up jewel thievery but proves to be far better with his sword The Flame Bringers finds antihero Elric infiltrating a band of bloodthirsty mercenaries and outwitting a powerful sorcerer BeTerrifying barbarians, cunning mages, and daring heroes run rampant through these exceptional examples of the exciting sword and sorcery genre In Tower of the Elephant, Conan takes up jewel thievery but proves to be far better with his sword The Flame Bringers finds antihero Elric infiltrating a band of bloodthirsty mercenaries and outwitting a powerful sorcerer Become a Warrior is the unexpected tale of a child who loses all she holds dear, only to gain unforeseen power and unlikely revenge Further entries come from early legends such as Jack Vance and Catherine Louise Moore, the next wave of talents including Fritz Leiber and Michael Moorcock, and modern trendsetters like George R.R Martin, Karl Edward Wagner, and David Drake This essential, fast paced anthology is a chronological gathering of influential, inventive, and entertaining fantasy sure to appeal to action oriented fans.Contents Introduction Storytellers A Guided Ramble into Sword and Sorcery Fiction by David Drake The Tower of the Elephant by Robert E Howard Black God s Kiss by C L Moore The Unholy Grail by Fritz Leiber The Tale of Hauk by Poul Anderson The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams by Michael Moorcock The Adventuress by Joanna Russ Gimmile s Song by Charles R Saunders Undertow by Karl Edward Wagner The Stages of the God by Ramsey Campbell writing as Montgomery Comfort The Barrow Troll by David Drake Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted With Defeat by Glen Cook Epistle From Lebanoi by Michael Shea Become a Warrior by Jane Yolen The Red Guild by Rachel Pollack Six From Atlantis by Gene Wolfe The Sea Troll s Daughter by Caitl n R Kiernan The Coral Heart by Jeffrey Ford Path of the Dragon by George R R Martin The Year of the Three Monarchs by Michael Swanwick

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    1. This is an anthology of short sword and sorcery stories with some of them being very hard to qualify as such. If there was ever an anthology called mixed bag, this is the one. The quality of stories ranges from 'timeless classic' (5 stars) to 'why did I waste my time with it' (2 stars). It is also quite easy to predict the quality of a story without reading it using the following algorithm. Do you often hear about its author? Rate it 5 stars if so.Have you heard anything about the author at all? [...]

    2. A very solid collection that starts off strong (with stories by Robert E. Howard, C.L. Moore and Fritz Leiber) and just keeps going. Mostly reprints but with two original stories -- a new Nifft the Lean tale by Michael Shea, and a new story by Michael Swanwick. Other authors include Michael Moorcock, Joanna Russ and Jane Yolen. Oh, and this promising young newcomer named George R.R. Martin. (The Martin piece I'm pretty sure ended up being incorporated into one of the Ice & Fire novels -- it' [...]

    3. When I was younger I would go to the bookstore and I would be simply overwhelmed. The fantasy section was about as large as any big chain store section today. I didn't have the pedigree or knowledge that I have in my 40's. I was intimidated by all the titles I've never heard of before. My reading choices were based solely on cool covers or established series. (Star Trek, Predator, etc) I really missed out.Not as powerful as Hartwell's Dark Descent, but very impressionable nonetheless. I added a [...]

    4. So, sword and sorcery. Like the Special Air Service or the San Antonio Spurs, you expect things with the initials SAS to contain an assemblage of bad-asses. And yet to date I’ve chiefly known the most action-packed branch of the fantasy family tree for its indirect influence on stuff like the Diablo games and 300 films rather than for the written word.Thus, the inventively titled ‘The Sword & Sorcery Anthology’. I was intending soon to dive into some of these major fantasy series anywa [...]

    5. ***** for the stories which are uniformly excellent, so many highlights, but in a genre defined so much by its male authors my favourite stories were Caitlin R. Kiernan's 'The Sea Troll's Daughter' and Jane Yolen's 'Becoming a Warrior'. *** for the collection, David Drake's introduction is somewhat lacking but worse there are no notes on the stories or the author's. I loved Charles R. Saunders 'Gimmilie's Songs' but had to go on to find out more about the writer and his other works. A history o [...]

    6. I don't normally read Anthologies because I like my fantasy in larger doses, but I have to give kudos to the group of editors for putting together a good sampling of authors and stories that flow very well from one to the other. I had the opportunity to read some authors that I had not previously read and found it very helpful to me. It gave me the chance to read some different styles of writing and solidified those styles that I found seamless and even those that I maybe did not particularly ca [...]

    7. This is a collection of fine, classic stories. Unfortunately, as an anthology it totally fails because nothing is given any context, narrative or historical. Meant to present a primer of The Classic Sword & Sorcery stories, a beginner would be left wanting, not knowing that many of these stories are parts of greater arcs for their characters, referencing other stories, or continue elsewhere.

    8. If you're looking for an introduction to Sword & Sorcery, this one is pretty solid. Not the best the genre has to offer, but a good overview and start.

    9. As with most anthologies and short story collections this was a mixed bag. Standouts for me included the stories by Charles R. Saunders, Glen Cook, Jane Yolen, Rachel Pollack and Michael Swanwick. There were another four or five stories that I enjoyed almost as much. As other reviewers have noted I wish the introduction focused a bit more on the various authors and had more of a general overview of this sub-genre. I'm not saying that the ramble of the introduction was bad, just that I wanted mor [...]

    10. A pretty great anthology showing the evolution of the genre over the decades. I'm not a short fiction person so there were a few stories that I couldn't finish. Overall it was really good and I'm eager to read more anthologies.Reviews at ReadingOverTheShoulder

    11. The Tower of the Elephant by Robert E. Howard 4/5This is the story of how Conan met a thief, killed a god, and broke a tower. Gorgeous imagery and stark details make for a fun read that holds up long after it was first written. (By some accounts, this is the first canonical Conan story.)Black God’s Kiss by C.L. Moore 3/5A tale of revenge, possession, and demon lands, in which our heroine makes a classic error and accepts a gift from a demon.The Unholy Grail by Fritz Leiber 4/5Mouse is apprenti [...]

    12. The literary equivalent of comfy sweats for fantasy lovers. Not a complaint.Sometimes you just want a book you know you're going to love. Fans of the wandering-dude-with-a-sword-who-is-often-also-a-wizard trope are going to love this set of short stories. How could you not, when it kicks off with a Conan tale from Robert E. Howard AND also contains an Elric story from Michael Moorcock? Some of the earlier stories are, um, products of their time, and may cause offense. However, they are redeemed [...]

    13. *** - "The Tower of the Elephant" -- Conan gets wrapped up in big sorcery.**** -- "Black God's Kiss" -- A powerful red-haired possessed of the strength of several men goes into the dark to bring a weapon of vengeance. Lovecraft/Ashton Smith-style weirdness in another dimension awaits her.**** -- "The Unholy Grail" -- The Gray Mouser's origin revealeda good time had by all, deliciously explaining how Fritz's semi-heroes operate in a world of dark sorceries that always taint the user.**** -- "The [...]

    14. More interesting than great outstanding literature besides two notable stories:The Sea Trolls Daughter & The Adventuress.Strangely enough the only two stories on here written by women I believe. Make of that what you will, haha.

    15. I enjoyed all the stories but one on here - the one about the pick-lock. One of my favorites turned out to be the last one, which I think is the shortest story. But the there's still a very compelling story told. I was disappointed with the GRRM story because I thought it was going to be an original short story. It just just part of a Dany chapter from ASOIAF. But, on the plus side I got to compare how it's different from the HBO show, I got to see that I enjoy the way GRRM writes, and it was my [...]

    16. A fine collection, there was only one story I didn't really enjoy, and that's saying something. I didn't feel the need to reread GRRM's contribution as I've read that chapter from A Storm of Swords twice. Stories I particularly enjoyed are:The Tower of the Elephant" by Robert E. Howard,"The Unholy Grail" by Fritz Leiber"The Tale of Hauk" by Poul Anderson"The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams" by Michael Moorcock (Yet again I found myself mystified that I haven't delved more into Elric's world. When I [...]

    17. I haven't read too much in the sword and sorcery genre, but must confess that I have enjoyed what I have read, and it is a somewhat guilty pleasure of mine. Brutally cunning warriors, luscious, beautiful, buxom women who are often not what they seem, mages and wizards and witches who wield strange and wondrous powersReally, what's not to love? It is such a fun form of escapism! Even the weaker stories in this anthology had something to recommend them, and though I had read several of the stories [...]

    18. I have a love/hate relationship with anthologies, sure, you get a lot of varied stories by several authors, but some of them might be incredibly good and some of them will want you to burn the book. As I had in the past, once I reach a bad story, I tend to put the book on holdStill, there are a great number of fantastic stories here, you get Conan for example! In spite of what happened to me, don't let some bad apples ruin your experience.Oh, and the "Game of Thrones" chapter, turns out I had al [...]

    19. Sort of a mixed bag. Some nice old classics of mighty-thewed barbarians and adoring ladies.A Glen Cook story, in his usual, deeply human style.Some interesting newer stories with female heroes, or antiheroes, as it may be.However, also, some older stories thar just come across completely random and pointless, as if explaining anything to the reader, or having a coherent plot was overrated.Or just completely destroying your entire story, and especially your heroine, in the last sentenceAnd some m [...]

    20. This was a very mixed bag of stories, but overall worth going through (especially if you allow yourself to skip past the ones that look like they won't be great). The second story (Black God's Kiss) is the one that made me leave a review: A the start of the story I'm like 'oh Jesus, she's going to fall in love with him for being so strong and shit, maybe I shouldn't bother reading it.' Middle of the story 'huh look she's going through hell to kill him, nice'. End of the story 'OH FOR FUCKS SAKE [...]

    21. I really liked this collection of short stories. It may be because I don't read much sword and sorcery fiction, but I found them generally very fresh and engaging, none outstaying their welcome or being too generic. Glen Cook's contribution "Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat” was particularly enthralling and definitely made me want to get into his books, and George R R Martin's "Path of the Dragon" was another beautifully written story. There were some forgettable entries as well, [...]

    22. As with all collections, not every story is for everyone, but the variety is wide spread enough to capture everyone's attention at least with about a quarter of this collection. Not an entirely bad batch, and the ones that I enjoyed were quite awesome. The Howard, Fritz, and Cook stories stand out the most to me right now.All in all, it is good enough to get your feet wet and some interesting story ideas - So, pick and choose at your leisure.

    23. Lots of good stuff in this one, and I of course liked some more than others. My favorite is probably "Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted With Defeat." I'd read a whole novel of that. Other faves were "Black God's Kiss," "The Adventuress," "Gimmile's Songs," "Undertow" (which I read postpartum at a time when the ending very deeply disturbed me), "The Coral Heart," and "The Sea Troll's Daughter."

    24. I really enjoyed this book of short stories! The only story I didn't get into much was "The Adventuress". Some of the stories that I thoroughly enjoyed were, "The Tower of the Elephant" (duh, who wouldn't like this one.) :), "Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat", "The Red Guild", "The Coral Heart", and "The Year of the Three Monarchs." Worth every minute I spent reading it!

    25. Don't have much experience with S&S but I feel much better prepared after reading this book. def a must read.

    26. I really liked this anthology. There weren't any stories I didn't enjoy, and several of them were terrific.

    27. A collection of short tales of sword fights and magic. All were reprints, several I have read and own, but still most were a good read.

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