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A Vintage From Atlantis (The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith Volume 3)

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Published in chronological order, with extensive story and bibliographic notes, this series not only provides access to stories that have been out of print for years, but gives them a historical and social context. Series editors Scott Conners and Ronald S. Hilger excavated the still-existing manuscripts, letters and various published versions of the stories, creating a de ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published December 11th 2007 by Night Shade Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Daniel
Apr 22, 2011 Daniel rated it it was amazing
This volume is so far the strongest of the first three in the five that collect all of Clark Ashton Smith's work. The editors collected the stories in the order that Smith wrote them, and in the period represented by this volume Smith was writing some of his best work. In stories such as "The Empire of the Necromancers," Smith is able to create worlds with scale and texture that rival that found in some of the doorstop, multi-volume fantasy tales I have read. His prose is descriptive and evocati ...more
Gustavo
Jun 19, 2012 Gustavo rated it it was amazing
Clark Ashton Smith, junto com Lovecraft e Robert E. Howard, foi um dos criadores do que hoje se chama de "Mitos de Cthulhu". Seus contos podem ser resumidos em: alguém descobre que algo terrível pode acontecer, e o algo terrível acontece.
Apesar de seu caráter pessimista (ainda mais do que Lovecraft), suas histórias possuem duas qualidades que as colocam como excelentes exemplares deste tipo de literatura: primeiro são muito variadas, indo da idade média ao futuro em planetas longínquos sem jamai
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Brian
I wrote in my review of The Door to Saturn that my biggest problem with Smith's stories was the endings, and that's still true after reading A Vintage from Atlantis. In the appendices to the book, there's even a letter from Smith to August Derleth that reads in part:
Funny--I seem to have more trouble with the endings of stories than anything else. God knows how many I have had to re-write.
Perhaps he should have spent more time rewriting them, though I'm getting ahead of myself. I did rate this f
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Simcha Wood
May 10, 2011 Simcha Wood rated it really liked it
A Vintage from Atlantis is the third of five books that collect the fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith. Of the first three books in the series, it is certainly the strongest.

Written between 1931 and 1932, these stories cover a range of his styles. There is the 30-page dark sci-fi "Seedling of Mars" (which like most of his longer sci-fi pieces, is one of his weaker works), a collection of Averoignian tales, including the time-traveling adventure "The Holiness of Azßdarac," "The Maker of Gargoyles,"
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Randolph Carter
Jan 18, 2013 Randolph Carter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: strange-stories
A Vintage from Atlantis is volume 3 of the series. Smith is really hitting his stride by 1931 - 1932. Unlike the earlier two volumes there is hardly a clinker in the entire book. The stories are truly interesting and the plots novel while the endings are not as formulaic as in the past. If you are going to read or purchase only one volume from this series, this should be it.

Most of Smith's most popular stories are reprinted here. Like the earlier volumes the texts have been corrected and the mos
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Jess M
Jul 27, 2014 Jess M rated it really liked it
This review is for volumes 1 to 5 of the set. I have a weakness for collecting, a weakness I was more than willing to indulge for a set such as this. I found however that not all of CAS’s stories measure up to ones I had previously read (typically in pulp). And I am NOT AT ALL a fan of his poetry.

The publisher has also added an impressive appendix to each vol. Sadly the margins and typeface used are substandard, not to mention the questionable cover art that seems to mock rather then venerate t
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Benjamin Chandler
A very short story about buccaneers who discover a long forgotten flask of mysterious wine and what happens when they drink it.

Enjoyable enough.

(This edition is not to be confused with the Clark Aston Smith anthology by the same name.)
Donald
May 05, 2013 Donald rated it it was amazing
I love CAS, and this set of five volumes is a must have for fans, both of Clark Ashton, but of the pulps, and of course of CA'S longtime friend, H. P. Lovecraft.
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Clark Ashton Smith was a poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. It is for these stories, and his literary friendship with H. P. Lovecraft from 1922 until Lovecraft's death in 1937, that he is mainly remembered today. With Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, also a friend and correspondent, Smith remains one of the most famous contributors to the pulp m ...more
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