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The Minikins of Yam

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
"The Minikins of Yam offers us an outré ancient world — in this case Egypt — where the creatures of myth ... exist alongside true historical characters and settings. The 12-year-old Pharoah, Pepy II (whom Swann tells us really existed), is a humanitarian soul, sneaking out of the palace at night in disguise to distribute largesse among the poor and downtrodden. But Pepy is ...more
Paperback, UY1219, 156 pages
Published February 17th 1976 by DAW
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Bob Rust
Jun 07, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing
Swann version of history centres on the doomed encounter of the Supernatural Creatures of legend – dryads, centaurs, panisci, minotaurs, et al. – with ascendant humanity climaxing at the time when Rome and Christianity were extending their Imperialisms across the doomed, childlike, prelapsarian world. Most of his tales all set well before any alternate twentieth century which Swann clearly found impossible to imagine and populated by young protagonists whom puberty drives from the Garden – fit i ...more
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Why I still prefer Swann's more Greek-themed stories, this one, set in Egypt, was enjoyable, and a fun little break from a lot of the angrier things out there on my shelves right now.
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Thomas Burnett Swann was best known as the author of numerous fantasies published in the 1960s and ’70s. Many of his bucolic tales were set in the Ancient World and populated by mythic creatures. His best-known works include the novel DAY OF THE MINOTAUR and the shorter works “Where Is the Bird of Fire?” and “The Manor of Roses,” all nominated for Hugo Awards. Swann was also a poet, professor, and ...more
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