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Fantasy For Good: A Charitable Anthology

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
From Sword and Sorcery to Paranormal Romance, from Weird Fiction to Fairy Tales, Fantasy For Good presents a wide range of exciting short fiction to accommodate every taste. In this collection of thirty stories, legendary authors (including NYT Bestsellers and World Fantasy Award winners) and great new up-and-comers in the genre spin tales of magic and mayhem.

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Published December 9th 2014 by Nightscape Press
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Katharine Kerr
Dec 12, 2014 Katharine Kerr rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Disclaimer: I have a story in this anthology, but none of us were paid for our work. This is a very worthwhile charity project. It benefits colon cancer research through the donation of royalties to the Colon Cancer Alliance.

It's also crammed with really good stories by some of the big names in the Fantasy and SF genres. Nearly 400 pages of them! A few of the stories are reprints, but most are originals (as is mine, in case anyone wonders.)
I bought this book after reading the introduction via Urban Fantasy magazine. The intro is from the son of Roger Zelazny, one of my favourite writers, who died of colon cancer, and the proceeds of the book go to colon cancer charities.

I enjoyed some of the selections, though the book did have one major problem: it doesn't appear to have been past a copy editor, meaning that the stories are just as they have come from the contributors. Now, in some cases, they're professional enough that this do
Robert Wilson
Dec 09, 2014 Robert Wilson marked it as to-read
Fantasy For Good: A Charitable Anthology is live in both trade paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon right now!!! Remember folks, sure this book is utterly packed with some of the best names in the fantasy genre, sure this book is just under 400 pages thick, sure it includes stories from sword and sorcery, paranormal romance, weird fiction, urban fantasy, and fairy tales, but most important of all, remember this! All proceeds from this anthology go directly to the Colon Cancer Alliance! Every ...more
This anthology was very much of a mixed bag. There were excellent stories, okay stories and some that I did not like at all.
Alison C
Feb 15, 2015 Alison C rated it really liked it
Fantasy for Good: A Charitable Anthology , edited by Jordan Ellinger and Richard Salter, is a volume of mostly original short stories, the proceeds of which are earmarked for research into colon cancer, a disease that has taken many fantasy writers from us, among them Roger Zelazny and Jay Lake. There are a number of stories by the biggest names in fantasy of today (including George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman) and yesterday (including the aforementioned Roger Zelazny and Jay Lake) that are ...more
Aug 27, 2016 Susan marked it as currently-reading-anthcoll  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, e-books, 2015
Annual Dues • shortstory by Ken Scholes
The Kitsune's Nine Tales by Kelley Armstrong read 8/11/2015
Elroy Wooden Sword • shortstory by S. C. Hayden
In the Lost Lands • (1982) • shortstory by George R. R. Martin
Worms Rising From the Dirt • shortstory by David Farland
Snow Wolf and Evening Wolf • shortstory by James Enge
Knight's Errand • shortstory by Jane Lindskold
Languid in Rose • shortstory by Frances Silversmith
Green They Were, and Golden-Eyed • shortstory by Alan Dean Foster
Golden • shortstory by
Nov 01, 2015 kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great stories here, from big names as well as lesser-known authors. Lots of non-white / non-male voices and perspectives, yay! The collection tends toward the dark/weird: urban fantasy, fairytales with a modern twist, nods to Lovecraft and Stephen King.

Favorites: In the Lost Lands (George R. R. Martin), Moon Glass (Megan N. Moore), Lenora of the Low (Marina J. Lostetter), Undying Love (Jackie Kessler), The Grenade Garden (Michael Moorcock), Sand and Teeth (Carmen Tudor), The Seas of Heaven
Bernadette Keeling
Oct 03, 2015 Bernadette Keeling rated it it was amazing
I paid £3.78 for this book and it has proven to be amazing value. It offers a huge selection of stories helpfully broken up into sections so you can pick whatever suits your mood, be it sword & sorcery, fairy tales, paranormal, urban fantasy etc. Whilst I am a huge Neil Gaiman fan, my favourite in this compilation has to be In the Lost Lands by George R.R. Martin. Perfect in terms of character, plot, atmosphere and language, I have read it many times. It seems such a small amount of money ...more
Dec 24, 2014 Suzan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans
I got this to read the short pre-quell story by Kelley Armstrong in it. I really enjoyed it and it was worth buying the whole anthology as it's for a good cause. I will eventually return to read over some mor of the stories in it!
Kyle Aisteach
Sep 23, 2015 Kyle Aisteach rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Usual caveat that I'm a contributor, but I really quite enjoyed every story in this. It's lovely to feel like your own story is the weakest link.
Aug 28, 2015 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anthologies are usually so mixed in quality, but this one was uniformly extremely high. Even the ones I didn't particularly like were very well written. And it's raising money for a very good cause.
Charles Roberts
Jun 11, 2016 Charles Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Good read . It fell into place and kept me riveted on the spot. It was a hard read to put down.
Feb 05, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it
Shelves: electronic
A great collection of fantasy stories that progressively get more and more bizarre.
Jul 07, 2015 Bethack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Like any anthology uneven. Some great stories but lost me in the last section of weird fantasy.
Nov 09, 2015 Ari rated it liked it
As all anthologies tend to be, a bit of a mixed bag (here the stories range from "amazing" to "WTF just happened?" and "what's with the condescending sexism?"). The good ones outnumber the bad, but there were a couple for me that were just ugh, which brought my rating down.


For those more inclined that I to be bothered by spelling and grammar errors, I suggest this review:
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Jordan Ellinger is a recent first place winner in the Writers of the Future Contest and is a Clarion West graduate. His work can be seen in “AE – The Canadian Speculative Fiction Review”, and the anthologies “Time in a Bottle” and ”Sha’Daa: Last Call”. He has two graphic novels in various stages of development: The Seven with Luke Eidenschink and Causality with illustrator Joey Jordan. In his ...more
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