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Legends (Legends I (all stories))

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Acclaimed writer and editor Robert Silverberg gathered eleven of the finest writers in Fantasy to contribute to this collection of short novels. Each of the writers was asked to write a new story based on one of his or her most famous series: from Stephen King's opening piece set in his popular Gunslinger universe to Robert Jordan's early look at his famed Wheel of Time sa ...more
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Eric
Jul 06, 2010 Eric rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
The stories I read from this collection are:

'The Hedge Night' by George R.R. Martin

What a phenomenal story. I'm glad I was introduced to Dunk and Egg in the Warriors anthology, even if it meant reading these characters' stories out of order.

'Grinning Man' by Orson Scott Card

An interesting story set in a unique alternative America. I was particularly fond of the "knack" magic system. This story makes me want to read other Alvin Maker tales, despite my reservations that the character is based on T
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Dec 29, 2013 Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews) by: Danielle


The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria: 3/5

Decent, but I gave up on this series after the fourth book. So no real connection or investment in the short story for the series.

Discworld: The Sea and Little Fishes - 4/5

I always enjoy a visit to Pratchett's Discworld and Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are big favorites.

The Sword of Truth: Debt of Bones - 1/5

A short story from a series I really do not like. I can't stand the way Goodkind writes women (or antagonists, or protagonists, or humans)
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Agnes
Nov 15, 2015 Agnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent short story collection. I really loved almost all off them .

The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria: 5/5

Discworld: The Sea and Little Fishes - 5/5

The Sword of Truth: Debt of Bones - 4/5

Tales of Alvin Maker: Grinning Man - 1/5

Majipoor: The Seventh Shrine - 4/5

Earthsea: Dragonfly -4/5

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn: The Burning Man - 5/5

A Song of Ice and Fire: The Hedge Knight - 4/5

Pern: Runner of Pern - 3/5

The Riftwar Saga: The Wood Boy - 3/5

The Wheel of Time: New Spring - 3,5/5
Chance
Feb 19, 2011 Chance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since this is an anthology of short stories from a number of fantasy series writers I'll give a quick run down of my feelings about them individually.

Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria. I love the Dark Tower series, and I remember searching this anthology out just to read Little Sisters when I was reading The Dark Tower books. It remaninds one of my favorite King short stories, but that may just be because I love Roland so much. :)

Terry Prachett: Discworld: The Sea and
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Amy
Dec 03, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My main reason for buying this book initially was the new Robert Jordan story "New Spring," which sheds light on certain events in the Wheel of Time series. That it also had stories by some of my other favorite authors, Tad Williams and Anne McCaffrey was a bonus. I didn't read all the stories included (I wasn't interested in the King or Silverberg ones at all), but I found most of them quite enjoyable. Marketing genius here: I started reading the Alvin Maker (Card), Discworld (Pratchett), Riftw ...more
Liss Capello
Jul 07, 2012 Liss Capello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I requested this book in order to read the first of the Dunk and Egg tales by George R. R. Martin. Typically I'm not very enthusiastic about anthologies, because they tend to be huge (meaning they take forever to read) and uneven (meaning I have to slog through boring stories in order to get to the ones I enjoy). Although this clocks in at 715 pages and therefore fills the first downfall, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the stories contained herein. Most of them are actually pretty ...more
Richard
Apr 17, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this collection up primarily because it is the only place I could find online that had the first of George R. R. Martin's Dunk and Egg stories set in the Song of Ice and Fire series and wasn't priced preposterously high. As a whole, the collection was well worth it for the rest of the stories it contained. Some were bound to be better than others, of course, but there were a few gems. Since this is an anthology, I've tried to keep up with my opinions of each of the stories it contained ...more
Matt
The eleven stories with in this first "Legends" anthology are by some of the best writers of fantasy and science fiction, both in prose and sales. Edited by Robert Silverberg, who also contributed as well, the stories range within their established fictional worlds from stand alone either connect with the main series or in-between main series books or prequels with mixed results.

The best stories whether, stand alone or prequel, had the same things in common. First the reader did not need to know
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Jeremy Preacher
This is really a brilliant idea for a collection, and the execution is fantastic. If you follow long-form fantasy at all, you'll probably at least recognize all of these authors, and each story is a pretty good capsule of the author's style and world. I've found that my reaction to the story maps pretty closely to my reaction to the series as a whole, and so this was a great way to encounter authors I hadn't yet read (Terry Pratchett, most notably - the Granny Weatherwax story is perfect and a p ...more
Gulen
Nov 30, 2012 Gulen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Çok sevdiğim yazarların, yine çok sevdiğim serilerinden hikayeler içeren antolojinin ilki, Lan ve Moirane'in tanışmasını anlatan New Spring'in ilk yayınlandığı antoloji..Aynı şekilde Hedge Knight'da ilk burada yayınlanmıştı..
Ray Ziemer
The concept behind this weighty 1998 tome was the publication of new short novels and stories by “legendary” creators of popular fantasy worlds – original adventures of their heroes, sequels, or prequels foreshadowing the events chronicled in their classic series. I’ve never been a big fan of fantasy fiction – my usually broad interests encompass hard sci-fi among other forms of popular and classic literature.

George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire has been a major deviation for me. I’ve beco
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Elizabeth
Disclaimer: I only read the GRRM Dunk & Egg novella, and that is what my review is for. I had no interest in reading the rest of the short stories, as they all seemed to belong to existing series rather than being stand-alone tales, and I always find myself mostly lost when reading those sorts of stories.

I picked up this story with some trepidation, because I have mixed feelings about GRRM’s writing. I loved the first three ASOIAF novels, but reading the last two brought back feelings of be
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Emily
Mar 17, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well-written collection of short stories by sci-fi & fantasy authors, each related to one the authors' series. My favorite was probably the Earthsea story by Ursula K. LeGuin, but all of them were quite good. This is the first "Legends" collection by editor Robert Silverberg, and includes all the stories. It was also published in a 3-volume set as "Legends Vol. 1" etc.

For my own convenience I'm listing the stories, the authors and their series here:

"The Little Sisters of Elur
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Lauren
Apr 16, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picking a star rating for an anthology is difficult since I had a range of reactions to the stories in this book. The Terry Goodkind and Robert Silverberg stories were my least favorite. The writing in both was immature and overly moral, particularly the Goodkind. The Silverberg stretched too long and just was not interesting. Ursula K. LeGuin and Anne McCaffrey's stories were middling quality; I didn't dislike them like I did "Debt of Bones" and "The Seventh Shrine", but they didn't strike me t ...more
Adrienne
Jul 20, 2011 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
Not read all of these stories, only The Hedge Knight by George R. R. Martin and New Spring by Robert Jordan. What a fortuitous collection of short stories this was. Both are add on stories to my favourite fantasy worlds. I look forward to exploring the rest of these when I'm done reading the other series I am invested in.

Fans of Martin may be tempted to pick this up to get more of the world in his gigantic The Song of Ice and Fire series. For best results and the most payoff in connecting the t
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Bryan
Jul 11, 2013 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for George R. R. Martin's first Hedge Knight story, which is excellent. It also has stories set in Anne McCaffrey's Pern and Robert Silverberg's Majipoor, as well as a number of other popular fantasy worlds. If I remember correctly, the theme is encompassed by the title, and all of the stories take place in those worlds' early histories.
Mike
Nov 06, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read all the stories yet, but have enjoyed most of them so far. Picked it up for George RR Martin's ASOIAF prequel "The Hedge Knight", which was awesome as expected, 5 stars easy. Also honorable to mention to "Debt of Bones" by Terry Goodkind from The Sword of Truth series which grabbed my attention. Some other entertaining stories mixed in there as well and I may have found a few new series to get in to like The Tales of Alvin Maker and The Wheel of Time. I'd recommend the whole colle ...more
Cathy (cathepsut)
I read this book several years ago. I don't remember when or where or what it looked like. Back then I probably picked it up because of Anne McCaffrey. But the only reason I remember the book at all and why I found it again is The Hedge Knight. My memory of the story is sketchy at best, but it made me get the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire. And the rest, as they say, is history.

I am now listening to the audiobook of A Dance with Dragons. If you are a fan of classic fantasy and are not scar
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Nicole
Mar 01, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-satire
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John Ferringer
Jun 09, 2015 John Ferringer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I made a point of grabbing this specifically because it had the first Dunk and Egg short story from George R.R. Martin, but top to bottom its filled with outstanding stories from so many authors. Highly recommend...
Nel-ly
Díky sborníku jsem narazila na povídku od nějakého pana Goodkinda (prioriteně jsem si knihu pujčovala dysi kvůli Kingovi, ale pak jsem si koupila kvůli Dlužní kosti :D )
Jingizu
Feb 19, 2017 Jingizu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this anthology years ago when it came out, but recently reread it, so decided to write a belated review.

Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria
- I am not a big fan of the Dark Tower series, though I did enjoy this short story and are tempted to try the main series again. 3/5

Terry Pratchett's Discworld: The Sea and Little Fishes
- Absolutely loved this little tale of the witches! 5/5

Terry Goodkind's The Sword of Truth: Debt of Bones
- not a Goodkind fan and after reading
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Angelica
Aug 16, 2013 Angelica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ma
When I started reading it, I didn't know all the stories in this book were connected to other series. Unfortunately, other than Discworld and A Song of Ice and Fire, I am not familiar with any of them... Still, those stories were all supposed to be somewhat independent from the main works, so my reading of them would not be too hampered because of it. The introduction to each story, that comments on the series and sums up some of the books in them I found exceedingly boring for the series I had ...more
Jesse
Jun 18, 2007 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of any of the series or people looking for a taste
Shelves: fantasy
I'm picking this anthology up again after many years, mainly because when I first read it I had little to no idea what the Song of Ice and Fire series was, and didn't want to read a story set in it. Man was I a fucking idiot!

I bought this book when it originally came out in HC. I think I may have even bought it at regular price in a time I like to call BBSE( Before Book Store Employment) mainly because I've always been a big fan of Raymond E. Feist and was still a big fan of Goodkind (before his
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Jess
Jun 30, 2016 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-nerdery
I learned about this book because I got The Very Best of Tad Williams from the library, and in the frontmatter where it lists all his works, it mentioned an Osten Ard story that I'd never read—never even heard of. Given that the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy is my favorite series ever, I was pretty surprised that I hadn't known about it and pretty excited to read it.

It's been twenty years since I've read anything new about Osten Ard—I've re-read the series many times since then, but finishe
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Craig
Jan 01, 2017 Craig rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Just not a fan of 'fantasy' type stories. Too much of "he went there" and "she did that" with nothing interesting or unique in these stories. Abandoned after about 500 pages, but I was skipping to the end of the stories way before that.
Janet Surrusco
A little more fantasy than I usually care for.
Francesco
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Gavin Felgate
Sep 28, 2014 Gavin Felgate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eleven short stories/novellettes by contemporary fantasy writers, forming part of the canons of their well-known fantasy/sci-fi series.

This book contains:
The Little Sisters of Eluria (Stephen King - The Dark Tower)
The Sea and Little Fishes (Terry Pratchett - Discworld)
Debt of Bones (Terry Goodkind - The Sword of Truth)
Grinning Man (Orson Scott Card - Tales of Alvin Maker)
The Seventh Shrine (Robert Silverberg - Majipoor)
Dragonfly (Ursula K. Le Guin - Earthsea)
The Burning Man (Tad Williams - Memor
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Daniel
Oct 03, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly, I have managed to read something this year that wasn't written entirely by George R. R. Martin. Admittedly, I only picked this one up when I finished A Game of Thrones and realized that I hadn't ordered the next three.

This is an anthology of fantasy works compiled by Robert Silverberg. It contains five stories written be masters of the genre set in their most famous fantasy worlds. It is intended, I think, to give the reader a taste of the world, so that they might find something n
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