The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy II
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The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy II

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Bungee-jumping demons, mad Magi, seafaring aliens, and a tricky wizard who leaks to the press populate this new collection of magic and mayhem from fantasy's funniest, wackiest writers, among them Harlan Ellison, Ambrose Bierce, Neil Gaiman, Craig Shaw Gardner, Harry Harrison, Tom Holt, and many more. Here are the madcap fantasies of "The Case of the Four-and-Twenty Blackb...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published 1999)
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Rasheed
Read some of the stories
Neander-Tale by James P. Hogan 5/5
Uncle Henry Passes by Esther Friesner 3/5
The Case of Jack the Clipper by David Langford 3/5
How I got Three Zip Codes by Gene Wolfe 2/5
The Failure of Hope & Wandel by Ambrose Bierce 3/5
Captain Honario Harpplayer, R.N. by Harry Harrison 5/5
The Aliens who Knew, I Mean, Everything by George Alec Effinger 4/5
History Book by John Grant 3/5
The Top 50 Things I'd Do if I Ever Became an Evil Overlord by Peter Anspach 4/5
How to be Fantastic by E...more
Libby
I got this cheap at Halfprice Books - at full price I would have been disappointed but on sale this was a fun way to get copies of a few really good stories I would not have otherwise come across -

These made this compilation worthwhile -

Uncle Henry Passes by Esther Friesner

The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything by George Alec Effinger (5 stars to this story!)

The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Neil Gaiman

The Man Who Hated Cadillacs by E.K. Grant

The rest ranged from very poor to chuckle...more
Marsha
Comeuppances, unexpected plot twists, weird magical gifts, beleaguered magicians and spells gone awry are among some of the themes of these stories that look at the funny side of fantasy. There’s a lot to pick and choose here, from modern writers like Neil Gaiman to obscure ones like John Kendrick Bangs (he who wrote the oft-published “The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall”) and a plethora of other authors. Long-time science fiction fans may be surprised to find that their favorite writers had their...more
Rafal Jasinski
Vol.1

Sympatyczna, acz bardzo średnia pod wieloma względami antologia. Większość z zamieszczonych tu krótkich, czy wręcz króciutkich opowieści cechują niedostatki elementów, które w tego typu literaturze są wielce istotne i powinny być najmocniejszym ich punktem. Wielu z opowiadań brakuje zabawnej puenty, inne znowu zdają się być sklecone byle jak, stając się fasadą dla finału średniej, bądź słabej jakości literackiego dowcipu. Nie stwierdziłem również jakiejś szczególnie finezyjnej zabawy formą,...more
Shawn Dvorak
This compilation includes short stories from the usual suspects in comic fantasy: Neil Gaiman, Harry Harrison, Ambrose Bierce, and Alan Dean Foster, but there are also several stories from authors I didn't expect. Who knew William Schenk Sullivan (yes, Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame) wrote quite a lot of comic fantasy prose in between comic operas? I enjoyed all 35 stories in this collection, and many of them induced me to seek out other works by the authors.
Aleksandra
Po pierwszym tomie Opowieści o Czarodziejach z radością zabrałam się za czytanie następnego zbioru opowiadań. Muszę przyznać, że trochę się zawiodłam, większość opowiadań była przeciętna jak nie po prostu słaba. Zdarzyły się "perełki", które owładnęły mną całkowicie, ale to nadal zbyt mało. Poprzedni tom o wiele lepszy.
David Melbie
Jan 07, 2011 David Melbie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Comic fantasy fans
Recommended to David by: Picked myself
I was into to this type of story this particular month. This stuff is funny! After reading Pratchett, I was on this kick. . .
Will
I enjoyed this book more than the previous volume, as the selections were funnier.
Ed
Much better than the other one. Gaiman does a good job here.
Steve
Read a couple of stories but lost interest. Bit silly really
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Michael Raymond Donald Ashley is the author and editor of over sixty books that in total have sold over a million copies worldwide. He lives in Chatham, Kent.
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