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Swords Against Darkness IV (Swords Against Darkness #4)

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7 • Foreword - In Two Parts • (1979) • essay by Andrew J. Offutt
12 • Mai-Kulala • (1977) • shortstory by Charles R. Saunders
31 • At the Sign of the Brass Breast • (1979) • novelette by Jefferson P. Swycaffer [as by Jeff P. Swycaffer ]
60 • The Reaping • (1979) • shortstory by Ardath Mayhar
73 • The Ballad of Borrell • (1979) • novelette by Gordon Linzner
94 • Deux Amours d'un
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 1979 by Zebra Books (Mass Market)
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Dan
Dec 30, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it
Sword Against Darkness is an anthology series edited by Andrew Offutt featuring stories primarily in the heroic or sword & sorcery school of fantasy. They're sort of a follow up to Lin Carter's Flashing Swords anthologies, though I feel they have a more of a propensity to expose new voices in the genre. So far the instalments had been quite enjoyable, each with a solid table of contents, and this one looked to offer up the same level quality. I've reviewed each story individually in order of ...more
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Apr 02, 2011 Brian Buller rated it liked it
Not a bad collection of stories, overall... The reason I read this book was for the short story "Sandmagic" by Orson Scott Card, which takes place in the same world as his new novel "The Lost Gate", which I thoroughly enjoyed. And that story was worth the $2 that I paid for this book!

The other stories are kind of hit-and-miss, but it was a good collection.
Fraser Sherman
Mar 28, 2015 Fraser Sherman rated it liked it
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A solid collection with great stories by Ardath Mayhar, George Linzner, Orson Scott Card and Charles deLint, among others. Unfortunately Poul Anderson's heavy-handed satire on minority-rights movements, Of Pigs and Men, is an embarrassment: the fact Africans sold their own people into slavery hardly excuses America's ugly history on race questions, for instance. Oh, and Manly Wade Wellman's story has a woman crying rape after she seduces the male lead. Sigh.
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Jul 24, 2008 Charles rated it it was amazing
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A lot of anthology series lose momentum after a while but I didn't think this happened with the Swords Against Darkness series. This one is strong, and has a great Charles Saunders tale in it.
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Dec 24, 2010 John rated it liked it
I liked this book quite a bit. Most of the stories were excellent heroic fantasy. A few were just so so. But overall a very enjoyable read.
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Andrew Jefferson Offutt was an American science fiction and fantasy author. He wrote as Andrew J. Offutt, A.J. Offutt, and Andy Offut. His normal byline, andrew j. offutt, had his name in all lower-case letters. His son is the author Chris Offutt.

Offutt began publishing in 1954 with the story And Gone Tomorrow in If. Despite this early sale, he didn't consider his professional life to have begun
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