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A Vintage From Atlantis by Clark Ashton Smith
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May 10, 11

Read from April 15 to May 09, 2011

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," and the necromantic tale "The Colossus of Ylourgne." As usual, of course, it is Smith's shorter mood-pieces that truly pull the book together - tales such as the haunting "A Vintage from Atlantis," the Lovecraftian "Ubbo-Sathla," and quirkily dark "The Plutonian Drug" and "The Supernumerary Corpse."

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the works of Clark Ashton Smith, or anyone interested in dark fantasy or pulp-era weird tales.

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