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Mammoth Book Of Extreme Fantasy

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Here is the future of fantasy-25 short stories from top contemporary writers. This collection embraces all the newest forms of fantasy in vogue, from urban fantasy and extreme dystopian fiction, to alternate history and entire new fantasy worlds.
Paperback, 562 pages
Published 2008 by Robinson Publishing
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Mar 17, 2009 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An eclectic group of stories that get more "extreme" as the book goes on. Really shows the diversity of the genre completely avoiding the cliches that many people associate with fantasy.

With a focus predominately on newer stories, it introduced me to an array of new authors that I have not read before.

For me, some of the best stories were:

"Sandmagic" by Orson Scott Card
"The Old House Under the Snow" by Rhys Hughs
"Using It and Losing It" by Jonathan Lethem
"Eloi Eloi Lama Sabachthani" by William
Aug 11, 2008 Joshua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any one who enjoys thought provoking short fiction
I don’t know what the phrase “extreme fantasy” means. To me the word “extreme” was best defined in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle : white water rafting in a convenience store, hang gliding off a cliff, drinking Mountain Dew and lastly listening to Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler. The editor of The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy defines extreme as “stories that took a basic idea, whether simple or complicated, and developed it to some extreme, beyond what the reader might no ...more
Jul 27, 2015 Metaphorosis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2012-rev
Many themed anthologies have difficult sticking to their nominal theme. The more ethereal the theme, the more the stories tend to wander. Most often, they seem in fact to be mere compendia of the stories the editor could dig up, with little in the way of connective tissue. This anthology is no different. "Extreme" means different things to different people, I suppose, and certainly I could construct a case for why each story is extreme, but in simply reading through them, I certainly wasn't ofte ...more
Sep 20, 2016 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t-fantasy, own-read
I appreciated the commitment to finding fantasy stories that moved beyond Tolkien. But like a lot of anthologies, it's a mixed bag. Below are the stories in the collection that I would rate higher than the overall collection (four or five stars):

Sandmagic by Orson Scott Card

I know - but it's an excellent story about the all-consuming nature of revenge.

Lost Wax by Leah Bobet

Eerie fantasy story that focuses on class differences.

The Old House Under the Snow by Rhys Hughes

So weird and wild. Felt l
Ranging from the humorous, curious, obscene, disgusting to the downright weird, this anthology of fantasy tales show the vast territories that can be covered by master storytellers. As with any collection, there are hits and misses. I found myself bored with “The All-at-Once Man”, seeing it to be more of a philosophical exercise than anything else. So, while I found a few of the stories rather opaque and therefore incapable of moving me on anything but an intellectual level, quite a few of them ...more
The premise of the anthology is that the stories get progressively more extreme. I'm not sure that the book really delivered on the promise, particularly since towards the end extreme seemed to mean "dealt with time travel in some way." There were a lot of time travel stories.

The anthology did have some good and memorable stories.

I particularly enjoyed the opening story about racist hobbits years after the events of Lord of the Rings.

I also liked the story about living in total darkness with ev
Jul 09, 2016 Mance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite story: tie between "Using It & Losing It" and "The House Under the Snow", followed closely by "Banquet of the Lords of the Night."

This was a book I picked up at the plaza, attracted to it because it was nearly 600 pages for less than 10 leva, and I wasn't expecting much more than a B-list collection of odd stories. However, I thought every short was excellent and I had a treasured companion to lug around the parks for the past week, so I'm very happy.

After finishing, the only thing
A fantastic compilation of non-traditional fantasy - meaning fantasy à la Tolkien. There were some real gems in this anthology, though other's I found neither extreme nor particularly suited for this book. Still other stories I didn't quite get, and others contained fascinating variations of known stories, like "The Tower of Babylon", where Yahweh made the world in such a way that he wouldn't need to destroy the tower and punish humankind. All in all a very interesting anthology, and a well-dese ...more
Hilmi Isa
Nov 21, 2014 Hilmi Isa rated it liked it
Sebuah buku/novel kompilasi atau antologi yang memuatkan 24 buah cerita pendek extreme fantasy,dari 24 orang penulis yang berlainan.
Kesemua penulis yang ditampilkan,tidaklah saya kenali. Ini kali pertama saya membaca karya mereka. Malahan,ada penulisnya yang sudah meninggal dunia. Tetapi,ada beberapa cerita pendek di dalamnya adalah amat menarik sekali untuk dibaca. Antara yang berjaya menarik perhatian saya adalah seperti Senator Bilbo,Charlie the Purple Giraffe was Acting Strangely,Master Lao
Daniel Ferguson
Dec 19, 2010 Daniel Ferguson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly nothing special, appealing to the kind of minds that get excited over anything with an X in the title.

HOWEVER, The Old House Under The Snow was just... wow. Surreal, awe-inspiring, haunting. Amazing read. Worth buying the book just for that one, wonderful gem. Seriously my favourite fantasy short story so far. I recommend it for this story alone.
Great airplane reading...some good stories, including the single most off-putting story I have ever read - "I, Haruspex". It is a good story, well written, and certainly emotive - but not in a good way at all.
24 stories by authors as diverse as William Hope Hodgson, Michael Swanwick and RA Lafferty. An astonishingly broad canvas, the highlights are Tom Reamy's 'The Detweiler Boy' and Lawrence Person's 'Master Lao and the Flying Horror.'
Kyla Ward
Jan 24, 2016 Kyla Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very pleasing collection, although it bears a certain Judeo-Christian bias. A good way of catching up on some significant stories.
Aug 21, 2011 Nathalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wonderful collection of short stories and also one of my personal favorites from The Mammoth Book of... series.
Chris Mata
Sep 24, 2012 Chris Mata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excellent. a wide range of storytelling. I will say tastes will vary for this book so 5 stars is hard to give. yet, it is worth reading every story
Jeremy Stock
Sep 13, 2012 Jeremy Stock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection of out-there stories. Well worth it! It's a nice one to keep by the bed.
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Bunch of dark fantasy short stories. Not to bad if you are really into that.
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