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Modern Classics of Fantasy

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This wonderful collection celebrates fantasy's heyday with 33 masterpieces of short fiction ranging from the 1940s to today. Contributors include L. Sprague de Camp, H.L. Gold, Manly Wade Wellman, Peter S. Beagle, James P. Blaylock, Suzy McKee, Jane Yolen, and Roger Zelazny. "This well-balanced compilation belongs in all fantasy collections".--"Library Journal".
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by St. Martin's Press
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CAVEAT EMPTOR - This is not a review/commentary on the entire collection. Though I read many of the other stories in the anthology & enjoyed most of them, my primary focus was on Thomas Burnett Swann's "The Manor of Roses," whose existence was made known to me by Werner A. (thanks, Werner, you were right :-) in a comment on my review of Swann's Green Phoenix here.

"The Manor of Roses" is a tale about three children (two boys & a girl) on the cusp of adulthood and the lady of the manor. Jo
Mar 22, 2008 Werner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All fans of speculative fiction
The thirty authors of the selections here (Avram Davidson and Fritz Leiber are represented twice) include a roster of some of the best-known names in speculative fiction in the last 60 years of the 20th-century, plus some less well-known writers who deserve to be more famous. Dozois' definition of fantasy is broad, including pretty much anything supernatural as long as it isn't horrific, plus forays into soft sci-fi; Terry Bisson's "Bears Discover Fire" is an example of surrealism -and one of th ...more
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Jan 23, 2016 Silvio Curtis rated it really liked it
For one reason or another none of these stories is my favorite kind of fantasy, but I'm not sorry I read them except one or two. The only one I'd read already is "Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight" by Le Guin. Only a few are in a proper secondary world. Almost all are centered on the interplay between an ordinary world and a supernatural one. The stories I enjoyed most had a historical or historically inspired setting, especially two that were later rewritten as parts of novels that I unf ...more
Jun 17, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Huge collection with lots of negligible stories but most of the significant authors (sans Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Emma Bull, R.A. McAvoy, R.A. Salvatore, C.J. Cherryh among others) active between WWII and the late 1990s in genre fantasy represented.
Sep 16, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some really good stuff, but unfortunately suffers that common anthology affliction of having a few too many duds.
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Gardner Raymond Dozois (born July 23, 1947) is an American science fiction author and editor. He was editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine from 1984 to 2004. He has won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, both as an editor and a writer of short fiction.
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