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Tales of the Emerald Serpent: Ghosts of Taux (Tales of the Emerald Serpent #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  64 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Taking a page from classic early 80s anthologies like Larry Niven’s Man-Kzin Wars and Robert Asprin’s Thieves World, Beyond the Black Gate maintains an old school feel while bringing you some of the latest talent in today’s science fiction, fantasy, and horror markets.

Set in Art of the Genre’s trademarked universe, The Nameless Realms, this anthology takes readers to the
Published June 19th 2012 by Art of the Genre (first published June 15th 2012)
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Barb in Maryland
Jun 25, 2012 Barb in Maryland rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-f
3 1/2 stars from me.
Very entertaining anthology of stories set in the fictional city of Taux. The Emerald Serpent in a bar where a number of the characters have a drink from time to time. Taux is fascinating--based very much on the ancient cities of the Maya & Aztec peoples. But the original inhabitants of the city have vanished--sucked into the walls and trapped there by some terrible sorcery. The abandoned city stood vacant for a number of years but is now being resettled and it is the new
Erik Garland
Sep 08, 2015 Erik Garland rated it it was amazing
I love quality short stories because they are like a good snack. Not an American “snack” that leaves you bloated and hating yourself, but a sensible Euro-snack that satisfies the taste buds and just barely satisfies your hunger. A good short story catches the imagination but quickly releases the reader back into their real world with the feeling they just got away with something.

I love anthologies. I have read Robert Aspirin’s Thieves World many times, and it is has become, to my mind, the perfe
Jul 23, 2012 J.M. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of heroic fantasy, dark fantasy, swords & sorcery, gaming-fantasy, and anthology enthusiasts
I received this shared world anthology after lending my support via Kickstarter and was very pleased right away by the quality and production value. The concept focuses on Taux, a fantasy city with an ancient and mysterious Mesoamerican vibe where the very stones are haunted by the spirits of a vanished people. The city has been reclaimed by the current inhabitants, a mixture of Mesoamerican types, European types, and humanoids. It's a city replete with perils and intrigue, with sin and vice, wi ...more
Melonysaurus Breeze
Jul 14, 2014 Melonysaurus Breeze rated it it was amazing
I got this book because one of the chapters was written by one of my favorite authors, Lynn Flewelling. I didn't know what to expect from the other authors, so I was happily surprised with this book. The storytelling shifts perspective with each new chapter--not too unique, but each chapter is also written by a new author. Each author brings something to the table, and although the stories seem unconnected at first, they begin to come together as you read on, with characters interacting between ...more
Aug 05, 2013 Ryan rated it really liked it
Shared world story anthology inspired by the "Thieves world" series.

The book is filled with solid, entertaining, original stories. They
did a good job of intermixing the stories. An item will be
introduced in one story and echoed in others. Characters migrate
from one story to the next. There are even a set of three stories that
tell different parts of a larger story, all done with a consistent
theme and tome.

I liked this very much.
April Moore
Aug 01, 2014 April Moore rated it it was amazing
The best shared world anthology that I've read in over a decade! Fantastic!
Jami Leigh
Short story collections only sometimes work for me. I like the world they built for this, but there wasn't a sense of building overall tension. If anything, some of them were placed in such a way as to completely remove tension. The buildups on others were too long, that by the time the tension was there, I had long since grown tired of reading about that character. Meh. 2 1/2 stars, really.
Dave Rezak
Sep 30, 2014 Dave Rezak rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this.
Apr 12, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it
Scott Taylor openly acknowledges that, yes, Tales of the Emerald Serpent is a collection of short stories absolutely inspired by Robert Asprin’s Thieves World project. Like Asprin’s collections, the stories are sword-and-sorcery centered around a town of cut-throats, tricksters, callous oligarchs and the poor innocents trapped into living next door to them. Unlike the earlier Thieves World collections, this one is a lot tighter, with the stories referencing each other and, in some cases, woven t ...more
Gary Hoggatt
Oct 02, 2012 Gary Hoggatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, all-fiction
Tales of the Emerald Serpent is a 2012 fantasy anthology edited by Scott Taylor. The book began as a Kickstarter project, and contains nine stories by Lynn Flewelling, Harry Connolly, Todd Lockwood, Juliet McKenna, Michael Tousignant, Martha Wells, Julie Czerneda, editor Scott Taylor, and Rob Mancebo.

The stories each are self-contained, but include a variety of connections to other tales in the anthology, such as recurring characters, scenes, or items. The effect is well-done, giving you a sense
Lou Anders
Aug 20, 2012 Lou Anders rated it it was amazing
Tales of the Emerald Serpent (Ghosts of Taux)is a shared world anthology, very much in the tradition of Robert Lynn Asprin's Thieves' Worldseries. It's the brainchild of Scott Taylor, a blogger and senior editor at Black Gate magazine. And it's a Kickstarter funded project, raising an impressive $13,418.

The book features stories from authors Lynn Flewelling, Harry Connolly, Todd Lockwood, Juliet E. McKenna, Michael Tousignant, Martha Wells, Julie Czerneda, Scott Taylor himself, and Rob Mancebo.
May 28, 2013 Tacoman rated it it was amazing
The city of Taux is a great setting, and can obviously be a great site for many different stories to occur over time. The way the stories intertwined and lightly linked together worked well for me. Seeing how one character's story sets up another one was part of what kept me reading. The magic system used was both interesting and a great motivator for the characters. I would be interested in reading more stories set in the city of Taux.

My only gripe is that there was some minor content editing i
Dec 01, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
As with any anthology, this one is something of a mixed bag, but overall the stories are entertaining. In particular I liked Lynn Flewelling's "Namesake," "Water Remembers" by Julie Czerneda, "Revenants" by Martha Wells, and "Three Souls for Sale" by Michael Tousignant. Todd Lockwood makes a creditable fiction debut with "Between," as well as providing the gorgeous cover art. The anthology has some of the inherent weaknesses of a shared-world anthology, in that the setting sometimes feels a bit ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Louis rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kick-starter
Entertaining anthology of stories in a shared world. What makes this one stand out is that not only are the contributing authors sharing a world, they also shared some of the characters. So you get a view of the world through several points of view. It means that you know the backgrounds of even some minor characters in some of the stories, and you get invested in them. It makes for a richer setting. I'm looking forward to more stories in this world.
Dec 29, 2012 Li rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
I contributed to the Kickstarter campaign for this book, and have no regrets - I liked all stories and it was worth paying upfront. The stories in this anthology straddle both fantasy and horror, with a slight tendency towards the horror side. And as a shared-world book, I thought that this was a very coherent anthology, with consistent characterisation and world-building across the various contributions.
Roman Kalik
Oct 03, 2012 Roman Kalik rated it it was amazing
An excellent anthology, giving life to an interesting setting. The carefully interwoven stories and characters worked out very well.

Further, having funded the project via Kickstarter, I must say I feel an immense sense of satisfaction in seeing the end result being of such high quality.
Jul 21, 2012 Athene rated it really liked it
Following in the tradition of Thieves World, this anthology brings together a number of very good authors to each write a story that takes place in the haunted city of Taux. I really loved the way the different authors blended plot lines and characters. I can't wait to read more!
Jul 18, 2012 Adrianne rated it it was amazing
The Emerald Serpent is chock full of stories written by my favorite authors, and if that weren't enough, the artwork is fabulous. Each story is a polished gem to be read and reread. It's delightful to see how well the stories interlock to build a mosaic of a new world.
Jul 04, 2012 Loopy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book! These stories revolve around the city of Taux, where the stones them-selves are haunted. I bought this for one author but loved every story in this book! Looking forward to the next book in this series!
Sep 11, 2012 Sean rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, anthology
Like any anthology a mixed bag but overall, a collection of compelling and interesting stories and an excellent setting. I look forward to revisiting Taux when future stories are released.
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