Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Fantasy” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A collection of fantasy short stories and essays on fantasy by Poul Anderson.
Paperback, 334 pages
Published 1981 by Tor
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Fantasy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Fantasy

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-52)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 23, 2010 Matt rated it liked it
This is a collection of Poul Anderson's short fiction that focuses on his fantasy output. The book is divided into three sections: "Historical," "A-Historical," and "It Could Happen To You." Out of the first section the opening piece "House Rule," was truly fantastical on every front telling the story of a strange tavern that exists outside of normal time and space called the "Old Phoenix" which is populated by a host of fictional characters and historical characters, to say more would ruin the ...more
Aug 23, 2008 Charles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A great collection of short fantasy stories by Poul Anderson, along with some of his essays on the fantasy field.
Bob Rust
Jul 28, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing
House Rule • (1976)
The Tale of Hauk • (1977)
Of PIGS and MEN • (1972)
A Logical Conclusion • (1960)
The Valor of Cappen Varra • [Cappen Varra] • (1957)
The Gate of the Flying Knives • [Thieves' World] • (1979)
The Barbarian • (1956)
On Thud and Blunder • (1978)
Interloper • (1951)
Pact • (1959)
Superstition • (1956)
Fantasy in the Age of Science • (1981)
The Visitor • (1974)
Bullwinch's Mythology • (1981)
Afterword: An Invitation to Elfland • (1981) • essay by Sandra Miesel
Nov 03, 2014 Jerry rated it really liked it
A great collection of different kinds of fantasy, from past to future. Also a couple of interesting diversions on the nature of writing fantasy that authors will likely find interesting. Note that the final chapter about Poul Anderson includes a lot of spoilers for works not in this collection. If, like me, you are only now discovering Anderson, you’ll probably want to skip that chapter.
Nov 29, 2009 Peter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A number of decent short fantasy stories. I especially like it for it's article "Thud and Blunder" about writing good fantasy.
Jan 09, 2017 Ellie rated it really liked it
I really don't understand the purpose of that "WASPS are the real victims" essay (I presume it was satire, since it was in a collection entitled "Fantasy") but the rest was really very good
Ryan Buck
Nov 05, 2013 Ryan Buck rated it really liked it
A great read, especially the two essays "On Thud & Blunder" & "Fantasy in the Age of Science". Also "The Gate of Flying Knives" is pure D&D, wonderfully fun!
Lucas rated it liked it
Mar 25, 2012
Ogreart Art
Ogreart Art rated it really liked it
Jul 21, 2016
Rob Cook
Rob Cook rated it liked it
Jan 18, 2013
Kelly rated it liked it
Mar 06, 2012
Justin rated it it was amazing
Sep 19, 2012
Allan rated it liked it
Oct 20, 2011
Richard rated it really liked it
Nov 14, 2011
Rose rated it really liked it
Aug 19, 2014
OTTOgd rated it really liked it
Mar 18, 2013
Morgan rated it really liked it
Oct 12, 2014
Megan rated it liked it
Aug 21, 2011
Matthew rated it really liked it
Aug 04, 2009
Ron Johnson
Ron Johnson rated it really liked it
May 01, 2014
Andreas rated it really liked it
May 24, 2013
Steve Goble
Steve Goble rated it liked it
Sep 18, 2012
Stacey Douglas
Stacey Douglas rated it liked it
Mar 29, 2012
Keith Davis
Keith Davis rated it liked it
Nov 25, 2009
Kellyann rated it liked it
Dec 20, 2012
Kyle Wilson
Kyle Wilson rated it liked it
Oct 24, 2013
Nicholas rated it liked it
Jun 10, 2011
Judy rated it really liked it
Nov 18, 2008
Craig marked it as to-read
Nov 16, 2008
Brandon marked it as to-read
Jun 03, 2010
Susan added it
Jan 04, 2011
Tim Hayes
Tim Hayes marked it as to-read
Jul 02, 2011
Tracey added it
Jul 24, 2011
Christopher York
Christopher York marked it as to-read
Nov 17, 2011
Thomas marked it as to-read
Dec 18, 2011
Fred Hughes
Fred Hughes marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2012
Scott marked it as to-read
Mar 20, 2012
John marked it as to-read
May 22, 2012
James added it
Sep 02, 2012
Anders added it
Sep 13, 2012
Deedee marked it as to-read
Sep 16, 2012
Tom added it
Sep 17, 2012
Elaine marked it as to-read
Oct 14, 2012
Robert Sewell
Robert Sewell marked it as to-read
Nov 23, 2012
Paige Maddox
Paige Maddox marked it as to-read
Dec 08, 2012
Tausha Rocke
Tausha Rocke marked it as to-read
Jan 31, 2013
Brandon Fiechter
Brandon Fiechter marked it as to-read
Feb 09, 2013
Alexandkirsten marked it as to-read
Jun 24, 2013
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Pseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a
More about Poul Anderson...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »