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The Book of Kane (Kane)

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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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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
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...more
Dark, sumptuous, and surprising. Wagner avoids so many of the cliches that burden the genre, instead infusing his prose with a grim and terrible richness that does not disappoint.
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
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
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.
Récupéré en édition poche 3parties. Pour l'instant de la Fantasy assez classique mais bien menée...
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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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