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The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories Oxford Books of ProseCan be seen from the sales of Tolkien and his successors Yet the rise of the fantasy 'trilogy' has tended to obscure a long tradition of short fantasy fiction just as enjoyable as the long books Built on the ancient foundation of the fairy tale but sharply distinguished from it the fantasy story has evolved in often ephemeral and little known magazines Tom Shippey editor of the companion Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories has now brought together thirty one short fantasy stories from the last years of the nineteenth century to the immediate present The A great collection of shorts by masters of the genre put together in chronological order so you can see how the writers of the past have and continue to influence the new generations

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Book of PDFEPUB #227 Stories of the unreal of trolls and werewolves spells and sorcerers and magic lands have The Oxford eBook #180 been part of the human psyche for as long as there are records In the present Oxford Book of PDF #199 century far from being outdated by the rise of technology and science fiction fantasy has once Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories MOBI #10003 become a major literary genre expressive of the deepest feelings about humanity and its relation to the natural world Fantasy is indeed one of the most successful of modern literary genres as I find that this is a hard short story collection to review With its 31 stories by different authors during different years of our history the first being written in 1888 by Richard Garnett and the last written 1992 by Terry Pratchett also happened to be the only 5 star read by the lot in my opinion Of these 31 stories I found as I mentioned one five star six four star reads four one star reads and five two star reads Now my three star rating is because I gave fifteen of these stories 3 stars Now keep in mind that I am not a huge fantasy reader and haven't read any of these authors before I must applaud Tom Shippey who collected these stories together for I feel they are different from each other and I did enjoy most of themAs you may see I have taken a looooong time reading this book this is not only the books fault however I have found it difficult to pick up although this could be because I am not a fan of short stories I have had a bad reading year in spite of liking a lot of what I have read my heart hasn't really been in the right mood

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The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories Oxford Books of Prose mobi Æ Paperback Read ¼ ➮ [Read] ➪ The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories Oxford Books of Prose By Tom Shippey ➺ – Stories of the unreal of trolls and werewolves spells and sorcerers and magic lands have beeAnthology shows both the development of the fantasy genre over time and the range of individual talents it has embraced from Lord Dunsany and H P Lovecraft through John Buchan Mervyn Peake Larry Niven and Angela Carter to the latest creations of Tanith Lee Lucius Shepard and Terry Pratchett For established readers of fantasy fiction Tom Shippey's selection will give a taste of the many successes that have fallen out of print or missed out on fame For those less familiar with the genre it forms an ideal introduction to perhaps the purest of literary pleasur The Demon Pope by Richard Garnett 1888 775 Limped across the finish line but otherwise enjoyable little ditty in which we get all the hallmarks of 19th century genre writing turgidity ethnic nationalism and papist bashing we could ever want and in only several pages Interesting to set this soul to the devil tale so deep in the medieval past although there are really no markers to set it apart from any timeless generic Protestant generated assumptions about the Vatican except for the seemingly barbarian namesThe Fortress Unvanuishable Save for Sacnoth 1908 85 I know only one other Lord Dunsany story and that one impressed me much than this or it gave me an impression that I would get something much different than I got here although to be honest the final five paragraph short epilogue in which our narrator casts greatconvincing aspersions on the veracity of the 'story' put forth in the proceeding pages noting that yes maybe this heroic fantasy happened or maybe some fevered man just went into the woods and hallucinated with his schwert and who can know and who can care here goes a bit of the way towards recapturing some of that story's recognizably 'modern' or at least contemporaneous elements; I mean to be honest the5 on this score here is almost fully attributable to that last bit That earlier story being one in which a man standing before a magic window takes in the rise and fall of a fantastical kingdom although completely from the safety of his perch and clearly uite the commentary and early on particular aspects of the imagination and the thin veil between the real and imagined world Here is about as straightforward a reimagining of a classic fairy taleheroic narrative there can be and to his credit this is than likely exactly what Dunsany was intending the whole time Even at that however the droll complexity of the whole thing is a bit of something to consider set out fantasy village introduce rough parameters of magic world sickness in village discerned by village magician who recognizes the spell from fellow necromancer hero kills dragon crocodile in order to procure magic sword embedded in his skin proceeds to use magic unbeatable sword weapon to vanuish the evil sorcerer terrorizing his community It's forward pushing at all times smooth if not a bit too overwrought and most clearly uite influential on those writing in at least some aspects of this style thereafter ie the powerful hero in an opulent villain's lair was seen almost in full in that Howard adventure yarn I enjoyed so much does readingappreciating the primariness of this story change that appreciation at all No definitely not; and the fleshed out cosmology and creatures and knee jerk affiliation of feminine sexuality and oriental themes with the villain's homestead sure to pop up again in some Tolkien later imitators Regardless what this story most clearly resembles to me is the concerted effort in a place and time un saturated by copies and copies of copies of the very thing the author's about to do to tell and tell simply a fairy tale and one mimicking the voice and style and concerns I assume it's not unintentional how severely limited the development and psychological complexity of the hero in this story is; he's simply a constantly moving active doer of deeds of a certain type of folkloric tale from centuries past or most importantly whatever conception of the same exists for a man of a certain class and position in Edwardian UK Through the Dragon Glass by Abraham Merrit 1917 675 What to say Some stories don’t need much; fairly standard fantasy fare for its time and place The piece soldier loots Forbidden City after Boxer Rebellion finds mysterious dragon glass eventually goes their through it has adventure and falls in love with of course mysterious girl Admirable commitment to Orientalism here there's barely any attempt to distinguish between Asian cultures; we touch all through the same Dragon glass portal elements of Chinese Hindu Tibetan and Iranian cultures