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Theatre of Cruelty - Terry Pratchett; How Nuth Would Have Practised His Art upon the Gnoles - Lord Dunsany; Hell Hath No Fury - John Collier; The Twonky - Henry Kuttner; A Great Deal of Power - Eric Frank Russell; Doodad - Ray Bradbury; Not By Its Cover - Philip K. Dick; The Rule of Names - Ursula K. Le Guin; Mythological Beast - Stephen Donaldson; The Adventure of the Sno ...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published 1997 by Talpress
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Ewa
Very wide range of light short stories, so everyone will probably find something just for himself. The ones that made themselves memorable for me are the following:
- P. K. Dick's story about the wub's skin and its immortalizing qualities (nice choice of experimental "wubby" texts, e. g. Lucretius)
- F. Austey's epic of how a lawyer transported to the world of glass ball saved the princess by defeating the dragon with rat repellent
- A. Davidson's deploring the irreparable loss of the last livin
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Aelvana
Masters of science fiction and fantasy indeed: this collection pulls short stories from genre-breakers and blazers who shaped science fiction and fantasy into what they are today. The stories are almost exclusively reprints (with the possible exception of Douglas Adams' who apparently added a few things for this volume). That said, it could be a worthwhile read to get a taste of the variety in the field.

Many of the stories were good; I'll highlight two in particular. "The Twonky," by Henry Kuttn
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Lea
This book of short stories has some of my favorite authors (Pratchett, LeGuin, Douglass Adams), and some of the best known, most established science fiction and fantasy writers (Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Clarke, Lewis, Wells, to name just a few) yet I found it highly irritating and completely unsatisfying. I believe the editor, Haining was trying to make a compendium of every science fiction writer that had ever been considered witty or clever, which is great, but... jeeze, it was painful to read. ...more
Chris
Has some funny stories and some not so funny. Roughly half are funny, so it's a pretty mixed bag.
Adobe
An anthology of "humorous" science-fiction/fantasy stories. It includes "The Twonky." Because alien mind-control devices killing people is hilarious. I mean, "The Twonky" is an okay story, but it's a "comedy" only through comparison with the incredibly dull and humorless backdrop that is mainstream SF. Half of the stories here were genuinely funny, and half were just...stories told with some sardonic twist. All the stories here are from significant figures in the genre, so it serves as a good hi ...more
Brodysatva
A book of light short stories, although, as I'm struggling to read at the moment, the book has taken me weeks rather than hours to get through. The good? Well, I don't want to provide spoilers, so won't, but Terry Pratchett's 'Theatre Of Cruelty' was a great opener. My other favourites, and I'm going to limit myself to two, were Fredric Brown's 'The Ring Of Hans Carvel' with it's lewd but hilarious punchline and Asimov's 'Playboy and the Slime God'. I love the fact that Brown got away with this ...more
Chloe Barker
this was my book of short stories for the 2015 reading challenge. I thought given as I love fantasy and short stories that this would have been a safe bet, but to be honest it was a bit of a disappointment. There were a few good stories in there, but in general it was a bit of a slog.
Benjamin
Good whirlwind of stories
Helen
Collection of humorous fantasy and sci fi, including such heavy hitters as C.S. Lewis, Arthur C. Clarke, Kurt Vonnegut, Terry Pratchett, and Issac Asimov, to name just a few.

Good stories, as you'd imagine, from such great names. The humor stays smart, thoughtful, with just a tinge of blue here and there. The only complaint I might have is that Ursula Le Guin is the only female author in the bunch. But honestly, everything in it is so good, I can forgive the editor this oversight.
B
Here, the author seems to have specific and unique tastes that trend toward the morbid and erotic. I don't think he and I would agree on comedy or anthologizing. But he chooses from some pretty fancy authors so it works out, at least partially.

A couple of these were really good. The strongest ones were the genre-crossing stories.

krin
I enjoyed this collection of humorous fantasy stories. Two of my favorites were "Doodad" by Ray Bradbury about a man who learns too late not to underestimate seemingly useless items and "The Rule of Names" by Ursula K. Le Guin about a mysterious wizard and a knight.
Elisabeth
Overall? Meh.
There is one great story. A Good Knight's Work, by Robert Bloch, is original and hilarious. Most of the others are just silly. Mostly a waste of time but worth picking up just to read Bloch's story.
Joni
A marvelous retrospective collection of witty stories from the masters of science fiction and fantasy: Pratchett, Bradbury, Asimov, Aldiss, Lewis, Wells, Vonnegut, an even their predecessors!
Simon Deimel
The stories in this book are full of humor and unusual ideas. There are so many classic authors contained. Fantasy and science fiction do not have to be serious all the time. I really enjoyed it.
Karin
I really enjoyed this collection. It is a guided tour of humorous fantasy (and science fiction) and the editor's notes at the beginning of each story are wonderful history lessons.
Vilis
Foršo stāstu proporcija bija jūtami lielāka, kā biju gaidījis. Pārsteidzoši daudz arī černuhas pilnu gabalu, bet humora izjūtas ir atšķirīgas un tā. Galvenais, ka garlaikoties nesanāca.
Karin
Some of the stories in this collection offer a different version of the wizard image,it may take awhile to make the connection and then it's:"Aha,I get it!"Fun to read.
Yvensong
Several stories are fun and funny, though others did nothing for me at all. Pretty common for a collection of short stories.
Tanvir Muntasim
A very good collection of comic fantasy stories, introducing to a lot of out of print classic stuff.
DDog
Funny and poignant short stories from many authors with fantastical themes and smidgens of sci-fi.
William
I tried and tried to read this to conclusion but I couldn't. It just did not hold my interest.
Outi
Nice collection, although I was disappointed that it contained science-fiction as well as fantasy.
Omly
I am not a huge fan of short stories, but these were amusing quick reads, perfect for the bus.
Haiku Reviews
Got this for Pratchett
Learned about some new authors
Must check those guys out
Andii
A nice collection. I'll have to look up other works by some of the authors.
Martin Willoughby
Some good, some indifferent, but interesting and worth reading.
Gavin
A collection of fantasy short stories, good, bad and indifferent.
Mark
A collection of moderately humorous/absurd short stories.
Steef Jacobson
good mix of stories, some I might have missed
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Peter Alexander Haining (April 2, 1940 – November 19, 2007) was a British journalist, author and anthologist who lived and worked in Suffolk. Born in Enfield, Middlesex, he began his career as a reporter in Essex and then moved to London where he worked on a trade magazine before joining the publishing house of New English Library.

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