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The Book of Kane (Kane #4)

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Boxed deluxe edition limited to 425 copies signed by the author and illustrator.

• Reflections for the Winter of My Soul (1973)
• Misericorde (1983)
• The Other One (1977)
• Sing a Last Song of Valdese (1976)
• Raven's Eyrie (1977)
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 1st 1989 by Donald M. Grant Publishers (first published January 1st 1979)
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Algernon
Aug 25, 2013 Algernon rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I love the Kane books by Karl Edward Wagner, but I was tempted to rate this final volume even lower : three of the best novellas already published in the previous volumes are gathered here with two shortish stories, so 80 % of the collection is recycled material and it just doesn't feel right to call this the sixth book of Kane. It's more like one of those "Best of ..." albums of popstars that pick of few hits and then put in a couple of new songs that didn't make it on the original release so t ...more
Jim
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
This is an excellent collection of Kane stories & hard to come by. Two of the stories, "MISERICORDE" & "THE OTHER ONE" were new to me. They're not included in any other collection that I know of & I have most of Wagner's books.

REFLECTIONS FOR THE WINTER OF MY SOUL - Also the first story in Death Angel's Shadow. This happens right after Dark Crusade. Kane is pursued into a snow bound castle where a werewolf stalks the inhabitants. Just who the wolf is & who will survive is up for
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Lee Broderick
Am I rating this too harshly? Assigning a GoodReads rating to this book has made me question again just what I should be basing my judgement on. Superficially, this is a non-question. The pop-up GoodReads guidelines when you hover over those stars for the most part deal with emotional engagement ('did not like it', 'liked it', 'really liked it'). That should make rating things pretty easy. My difficulty here is in judging whether I use those stars to reflect my feelings about the stories, the pr ...more
David
Jun 09, 2016 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well then. I guess that's about it. I've read all the Kane stories. Loved every bit of them. I'm so sad there's no more. Kane is the best. Much better than Wagner's horror fiction. I've read all of Wagner's Kane and all of his horror fiction but there still is a bit more to finish up with. So I'll head in that direction and I'll no doubt start re-reading the Kane books again. Darkness Weaves is calling my name.

Fantasy just doesn't get any better than Wagner's Kane. It's pretty much perfect.
James
Apr 11, 2015 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's rare that we get exactly what we want. Or, at least, for me it is! The times when stories exceed my expectations are few, but here we have Kane, the Mystic Swordsman, whose few tales in this collection I devoured like candy. And it's the best heroic fantasy-type-candy that I have encountered. Everything feels "just right" here. The stories are dark and gruesome, yet somehow fun and adventurous at the same time. Kane is a unique superhuman who knows his world very well, and it's great watchi ...more
Christopher
Jul 08, 2014 Christopher rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was my first foray into the Kane stories so I went with a smaller selection. I get the feeling the novel length tales tackle more interesting subject matter but also have to realize that within the specifically defined categories of this collection it was the shorter, rather than the longer tales which struck me. Particularly 'Misericorde'and even the slight 'The Other One' where to me the big hits rather than the somewhat meandering 'Raven's Eire' or the largely (I found) boring 'Reflectio ...more
Alejandro
Jun 07, 2014 Alejandro rated it it was ok
Shelves: sff
While it can never be said that I dislike Karl Edward Wagner (He's a favorite. Check my reviews of his other books.), I do think he isn't exactly at the top of his game when writing Howardesque low fantasy. I much prefer his irreverent style when he's spinning tales of terror, rather than discussing helms being cloven in twain by the mighty-thewed Kane, the mystic swordsman. I don't think the stories are bad, at any rate. In fact, "Misericorde" is rather entertaining, but the stories don't quite ...more
Емануил Томов
Тези разкази и повести са всичко, което ми се е въртяло в главата, като чуя balls-out Sword and Sorcery, преди да го зачета: кръв, цинизъм, сексизъм, зли демони и зли главни герои. Отдругаде е гледал Абъркромби, не от Мартин.
Phil
Sep 30, 2014 Phil rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed, fantasy
Fantasy at its very best.
Charles
Jul 26, 2010 Charles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A very nice edition of some of the Kane stories by Wagner. The Kane tales are definitely worth seeking out in whatever version you can find them in.
Calay
Jul 30, 2012 Calay rated it liked it
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Récupéré en édition poche 3parties. Pour l'instant de la Fantasy assez classique mais bien menée...
Julie
Jan 18, 2009 Julie rated it it was ok
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Karl Edward Wagner (12 December 1945 – 13 October 1994) was an American writer, editor and publisher of horror, science fiction, and heroic fantasy, who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and originally trained as a psychiatrist. His disillusionment with the medical profession can be seen in the stories "The Fourth Seal" and "Into Whose Hands". He described his world view as nihilistic, anarchistic ...more
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