The Way of the Wizard (Johannes Cabal #2.5)
George RR Martin, “In the Lost Lands.” A sorceress quests to find a werewolf skin. Purple prose, telegraphed&obvious plot ~twists~. Was not impressed.
David Barr Kirtley, “Family Tree.” Simon is pulled back into the family feud, in which everyone lives in a living tree and fights over which branch is larger. He ends it by killing everyone on the opposing side, including the lady he loved but whose loyalty toward her ...more
There weren't any bad stories in the collection, though most were pretty forgettable, and the editing in the book is atrocious (words are frequently mistyped as other words in a way that s ...more
Here's hoping that some day all Howard's Cabal short stories will be collected in one volume.
This collection is a mix of original and reprinted stories that show a wide ...more
I enjoyed George R.R. Martin's "In the Lost Lands," a demonstration of the importance of being careful what you wish for, and Delia Sherman's "The Wizard's Apprentice," a charming tale of a runaway stumbling into a bookstore run by an evil wizard -- it says so right ...more
On an unrelated note, I am getting a little irritated at seeing big name fantasy authors take shots at Harry Po ...more
In The Lost Lands George R R Martin
Good story, a riff on shapechanging and the cost of magic. This involves a classic bargain with a wizard when you agree to pay the price with knowing the cost until later. I have liked GRRM in shorter format more in some wa ...more
This is a wonderful collection of short stories by various well-known authors in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. The stories all center on magic in one way or another, though the way it is approached is different depending on the author. There are the classic wizards tales to more modern takes on magic. The stories span time periods from the past all the way to the distant future. Definitely a good read and recommended for those who enjoy fantasy.
In the Lost Lands by George R.R. Martin
I've never read this author before but after reading this story, I can see why people like him so much. There was a full emotional arc packed into a short story. It was excellent and I would definitely read him again.
Quote from the Story: "Those who dealt with Gray Alys did so at their own peril, it was said. G ...more
The rest didn't ...more
Contents: Introduction by John Joseph Adams --
In the lost lands / George R.R. Martin -- 5 stars
Family tree / David Barr Kirtley -- 4 stars
John Uskglass and the Cambrian charcoal burner / Susanna Clarke -- 3.5 stars
Wizard's apprentice / Delia Sherman -- 4 stars
The sorcerer Minus / Jeffrey Ford -- 3.5 stars
Life so dear or peace so sweet / C. C. Finlay --
Card sharp / Rajan Khanna -- 4 stars
So deep that the bottom could not b ...more
This was a fun read. Anthologies are a special treat for me, because I discover so much. I discovered Laura Anne Gilman from an anthology. I enjoyed the short story so much I soon had the first two or three books of the Retrievers series in my hands. After nine books in two series (Her latest Dragon Justice is out, but I'm a cheapskate, so I'm waiting, of course, if I read correctly it's also her last novel in this particular literary universe, which doesn't make me want to go out and read it in...more
First of all, I did not get this book because I have a great interest in fantasy writing or wizards in general. The reason behind the request I put in to my local library, was for one story alone, The Ereshkigal Working, a Johannes Cabal story by Jonathan Howard. That story, at least, did not disappoint. The other 3 ...more
In The Lost Lands by George R. R. Martin - An excellent story from the master of mythology. The kind of tale that I can easily see as a small chapter in the next Song of Ice and Fire novel. The entire story was told with a sense of foreboding that came to fruition with the ...more
There's also Neil Gaiman's How to Sell the Ponti Bridge, which I'd read somewhere else.
Lo que mas me gustó es como en pocas historias se puede dar un recorrido entre los diferentes tipos de magos, hechiceros y brujos, todos teniendo varios elementos en común pero siendo tan diferentes como sus autores lo son. También me a ...more