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LEGENDS - Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy (Legends I (all stories))

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  5,263 ratings  ·  193 reviews
Acclaimed writer and editor Robert Silverberg gathered eleven of the finest writers in Fantasy to contribute to this collection of short novels. Each of the writers was asked to write a new story based on one of his or her most famous series: from Stephen King's opening piece set in his popular Gunslinger universe to Robert Jordan's early look at his famed Wheel of Time sa ...more
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Published October 1998 (first published 1998)
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Jul 11, 2014 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
The stories I read from this collection are:

'The Hedge Night' by George R.R. Martin

What a phenomenal story. I'm glad I was introduced to Dunk and Egg in the Warriors anthology, even if it meant reading these characters' stories out of order.

'Grinning Man' by Orson Scott Card

An interesting story set in a unique alternative America. I was particularly fond of the "knack" magic system. This story makes me want to read other Alvin Maker tales, despite my reservations that the character is based on T
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)

The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria: 3/5

Decent, but I gave up on this series after the fourth book. So no real connection or investment in the short story for the series.

Discworld: The Sea and Little Fishes - 4/5

I always enjoy a visit to Pratchett's Discworld and Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are big favorites.

The Sword of Truth: Debt of Bones - 1/5

A short story from a series I really do not like. I can't stand the way Goodkind writes women (or antagonists, or protagonists, or humans)
My main reason for buying this book initially was the new Robert Jordan story "New Spring," which sheds light on certain events in the Wheel of Time series. That it also had stories by some of my other favorite authors, Tad Williams and Anne McCaffrey was a bonus. I didn't read all the stories included (I wasn't interested in the King or Silverberg ones at all), but I found most of them quite enjoyable. Marketing genius here: I started reading the Alvin Maker (Card), Discworld (Pratchett), Riftw ...more
Since this is an anthology of short stories from a number of fantasy series writers I'll give a quick run down of my feelings about them individually.

Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria. I love the Dark Tower series, and I remember searching this anthology out just to read Little Sisters when I was reading The Dark Tower books. It remaninds one of my favorite King short stories, but that may just be because I love Roland so much. :)

Terry Prachett: Discworld: The Sea and
Çok sevdiğim yazarların, yine çok sevdiğim serilerinden hikayeler içeren antolojinin ilki, Lan ve Moirane'in tanışmasını anlatan New Spring'in ilk yayınlandığı antoloji..Aynı şekilde Hedge Knight'da ilk burada yayınlanmıştı..
The eleven stories with in this first "Legends" anthology are by some of the best writers of fantasy and science fiction, both in prose and sales. Edited by Robert Silverberg, who also contributed as well, the stories range within their established fictional worlds from stand alone either connect with the main series or in-between main series books or prequels with mixed results.

The best stories whether, stand alone or prequel, had the same things in common. First the reader did not need to know
Ray Ziemer
The concept behind this weighty 1998 tome was the publication of new short novels and stories by “legendary” creators of popular fantasy worlds – original adventures of their heroes, sequels, or prequels foreshadowing the events chronicled in their classic series. I’ve never been a big fan of fantasy fiction – my usually broad interests encompass hard sci-fi among other forms of popular and classic literature.

George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire has been a major deviation for me. I’ve beco
Liss Capello
I requested this book in order to read the first of the Dunk and Egg tales by George R. R. Martin. Typically I'm not very enthusiastic about anthologies, because they tend to be huge (meaning they take forever to read) and uneven (meaning I have to slog through boring stories in order to get to the ones I enjoy). Although this clocks in at 715 pages and therefore fills the first downfall, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the stories contained herein. Most of them are actually pretty ...more
This is a very well-written collection of short stories by sci-fi & fantasy authors, each related to one the authors' series. My favorite was probably the Earthsea story by Ursula K. LeGuin, but all of them were quite good. This is the first "Legends" collection by editor Robert Silverberg, and includes all the stories. It was also published in a 3-volume set as "Legends Vol. 1" etc.

For my own convenience I'm listing the stories, the authors and their series here:

"The Little Sisters of Elur
I picked this collection up primarily because it is the only place I could find online that had the first of George R. R. Martin's Dunk and Egg stories set in the Song of Ice and Fire series and wasn't priced preposterously high. As a whole, the collection was well worth it for the rest of the stories it contained. Some were bound to be better than others, of course, but there were a few gems. Since this is an anthology, I've tried to keep up with my opinions of each of the stories it contained ...more
Not read all of these stories, only The Hedge Knight by George R. R. Martin and New Spring by Robert Jordan. What a fortuitous collection of short stories this was. Both are add on stories to my favourite fantasy worlds. I look forward to exploring the rest of these when I'm done reading the other series I am invested in.

Fans of Martin may be tempted to pick this up to get more of the world in his gigantic The Song of Ice and Fire series. For best results and the most payoff in connecting the t
John Ferringer
I made a point of grabbing this specifically because it had the first Dunk and Egg short story from George R.R. Martin, but top to bottom its filled with outstanding stories from so many authors. Highly recommend...
Jeremy Preacher
This is really a brilliant idea for a collection, and the execution is fantastic. If you follow long-form fantasy at all, you'll probably at least recognize all of these authors, and each story is a pretty good capsule of the author's style and world. I've found that my reaction to the story maps pretty closely to my reaction to the series as a whole, and so this was a great way to encounter authors I hadn't yet read (Terry Pratchett, most notably - the Granny Weatherwax story is perfect and a p ...more
I bought this book for George R. R. Martin's first Hedge Knight story, which is excellent. It also has stories set in Anne McCaffrey's Pern and Robert Silverberg's Majipoor, as well as a number of other popular fantasy worlds. If I remember correctly, the theme is encompassed by the title, and all of the stories take place in those worlds' early histories.
Cathy (cathepsut)
I read this book several years ago. I don't remember when or where or what it looked like. Back then I probably picked it up because of Anne McCaffrey. But the only reason I remember the book at all and why I found it again is The Hedge Knight. My memory of the story is sketchy at best, but it made me get the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire. And the rest, as they say, is history.

I am now listening to the audiobook of A Dance with Dragons. If you are a fan of classic fantasy and are not scar
I haven't read all the stories yet, but have enjoyed most of them so far. Picked it up for George RR Martin's ASOIAF prequel "The Hedge Knight", which was awesome as expected, 5 stars easy. Also honorable to mention to "Debt of Bones" by Terry Goodkind from The Sword of Truth series which grabbed my attention. Some other entertaining stories mixed in there as well and I may have found a few new series to get in to like The Tales of Alvin Maker and The Wheel of Time. I'd recommend the whole colle ...more
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Disclaimer: I only read the GRRM Dunk & Egg novella, and that is what my review is for. I had no interest in reading the rest of the short stories, as they all seemed to belong to existing series rather than being stand-alone tales, and I always find myself mostly lost when reading those sorts of stories.

I picked up this story with some trepidation, because I have mixed feelings about GRRM’s writing. I loved the first three ASOIAF novels, but reading the last two brought back feelings of be
Gavin Felgate
Eleven short stories/novellettes by contemporary fantasy writers, forming part of the canons of their well-known fantasy/sci-fi series.

This book contains:
The Little Sisters of Eluria (Stephen King - The Dark Tower)
The Sea and Little Fishes (Terry Pratchett - Discworld)
Debt of Bones (Terry Goodkind - The Sword of Truth)
Grinning Man (Orson Scott Card - Tales of Alvin Maker)
The Seventh Shrine (Robert Silverberg - Majipoor)
Dragonfly (Ursula K. Le Guin - Earthsea)
The Burning Man (Tad Williams - Memor
I picked this up specifically to read Little Sisters of Eluria (part of Stephen King's Dark Tower series and a great, creepy story that stands fully by itself), but I did read most of the other stories. The talk of Dunk & Egg in The Hedge Knight made me want to read George R. R. Marten's Song of Ice and Fire, Dragonfly made me want to read to read Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea, and Debt of Bones made me want to read Terry Goodkind's The Sword of Truth. As per usual, Robert Jordan spent a lot ...more
Díky sborníku jsem narazila na povídku od nějakého pana Goodkinda (prioriteně jsem si knihu pujčovala dysi kvůli Kingovi, ale pak jsem si koupila kvůli Dlužní kosti :D )
I read through some of these a while ago and then read some more of them this week.

I really enjoyed the stories from "The Dark Tower", "Discworld", and "A Song of Ice and Fire". (Probably "New Spring" fits here too, but it's been so long since I've read that one.)
I thought the story from "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" was okay.
I don't remember what I thought of "Debt of Bones", but I didn't care much for the Sword of Truth series.
The others I skimmed through, but they didn't grab me.

The only surpri
This one is only scoring a 3 because it had too many stories in it that I just couldn't get into. I am not a fan of Robert Jordan so, to be honest, I didn't even attempt to read this story.

Stephen King's novella was wonderful. I fully intend to read this one again in the future.

Terry Goodkind's novella was superb! I really enjoyed this small prequel to the Sword of Truth series and would enjoy seeing more of these in the future.

GRRM's Hedge Knight was well worth the read as well. Looking forward
I had picked up this book from the library as it contained the first Dunk and Egg story, 'The Hedge Knight' by George R. R. Martin. Originally I'd meant to read this anthology cover-to-cover, but I honestly couldn't be bothered to tough it out through the stories that weren't to my taste or which didn't offer what I wanted from fantasy fiction. So instead, I knocked off a couple as selected reading and moved along fairly quickly. So, three stars for the book itself, but five stars for the storie ...more
Legends I is an absolutely splendid collection of shorter stories by the hands of some of the masters of fantasy and SF. There were a few stories I did not like so much, independent of whether I knew the related series or not. But most were fantastic and a few inspired to pick up new fantasy series.

The ones I was familiar with, the stories of The Sword of Truth (Terry Goodkind), Majipoor (Robert Siverberg) and The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) were fantastic. Discworld (Terry Pratchett), The Dar
When I started reading it, I didn't know all the stories in this book were connected to other series. Unfortunately, other than Discworld and A Song of Ice and Fire, I am not familiar with any of them... Still, those stories were all supposed to be somewhat independent from the main works, so my reading of them would not be too hampered because of it. The introduction to each story, that comments on the series and sums up some of the books in them I found exceedingly boring for the series I had ...more
The Dark Tower 4/5

I have never read Stephen King and i haven't been a fan of science fiction, but this story for some reason caught my attention. Although not my taste, i really liked it and i think Stephen king made me a fan of this kind of sci-fi. I will definately read the whole story sometime
and probably more of his books.

Dragonfly 2/5

Although it made me a good impression at first, I didn't like it at all as I read it. It was like I was reading the summary of the chapter, few things happened
The only story in this collection I had read before was George RR's The Hedge Knight & it was just as enjoyable the second time around. I have read something from all the other authors (mostly the first book in their major series & more if I enjoyed it).
The two I will go back to & re-read after reading these shorts are Le Guin & Card, it's been years since I read Alvin & even longer since Earthsea. Did not like McCaffrey & Silverberg the first time around & I didn't r
Rafal Jasinski
Zbiór opowiadań o podobnie zróżnicowanym poziomie, jak czytany przeze mnie wcześniej drugi tom niniejszej antologii. Obok świetnych, dających apetyczny przedsmak (dla tych, którzy z poszczególnymi autorami nie mieli wcześniej się okazji zapoznać) i jednocześnie poszerzających wiedzę o uniwersach przez nich stworzonych (dla osób, które twórczość pisarzy publikujących w "Legendach" znają doskonale) nowel Terry'ego Pratchetta, Stephena Kinga, Orsona Scotta Carda czy Georga R. R. Martina, znajdują s ...more
Elina Zalkalne
An anthology containing Terry Pratchett and George R R Martin? You think I could ever resist that?
And even when put alongside 3 other renown fantasy and science fiction masters, their short novels shine through and resonate with their unique power and eloquence, which probably can't be matched by any other writer of the genre. Obviously the 3 stars represent the entire collection, because otherwise, Pratchett's and Martin's stories would get full stars before you can say 'magic'.
I loved that bo
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Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth and Lord Valentine’s Castle, as well as At Winter’s End, also available in a Bison Books edition. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Sc ...more
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