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Flashing Swords! #5: Demons and Daggers (Flashing Swords! #5)

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Contents:

* "Introduction: Where Magic Reigns" by Lin Carter
* "Tower of Ice" (Dilvish) by Roger Zelazny
* "A Thief in Korianth" by C. J. Cherryh
* "Parting Gifts" by Diane Duane
* "A Dealing with Demons" (Ebenezum) by Craig Shaw Gardner
* "The Dry Season" by Tanith Lee
Paperback, 250 pages
Published November 28th 1981 by Dell Publishing Company (first published November 1981)
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Charles
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I have the hardback version of this, from Nelson Doubleday.
Again, a collection of short heroic fantasy stories. Most of these volumes are good.
Nicholas Diak
Flashing Swords #5: Demons and Daggers is the final book in the old school Flash Swords! series edited by Lin Carter. It contains five fantasy short stories of different settings, tones and degrees of action or magic usage.

The two best stories in the anthology are Diane Duane’s “Parting Gifts” and Craig Shaw Gardner’s “A Dealing with Demons.” Both tales are short stories set in larger, fleshed out series by their respective authors, yet the stories stand on their own, without needing background
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SmokingMirror
Jun 18, 2015 marked it as to-read
2 stars Tanith Lee "The Dry Season" A story set in the alternate Roman world where Cyrion lives, but several centuries earlier. I found the characters unsympathetic and the plot rather predictable. (view spoiler)
Bill
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
In this collection of fantasy short stories and longer works, some of the stories are lighter in tone, such as the Craig Shaw Gardner tale. Others are more serious, including the two that I liked most, by Roger Zelazny and Tanith Lee. Overall, the story quality varied but the entertainment level was fairly high -- not a bad way to pass the time.
Ken Boorman
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice selection of 58 short stories from (the then) relatively newly established authors. Some went on to great things in genre fields other than sword and sorcery. All this, edited by the great Lin Carter . I recommend this book.
Robert Negut
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Wanted something to read in a day and picked this one up. Thought that the stories might be a bit better than what you usually find in anthologies, since they're a bit longer, but I was wrong.
A few interesting bits, but the overall impression was bad.
Mark
Feb 06, 2008 added it
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Five stories in the classic Swords and Sorcery mode. Good quality.
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Linwood Vrooman Carter was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor and critic. He usually wrote as Lin Carter; known pseudonyms include H. P. Lowcraft (for an H. P. Lovecraft parody) and Grail Undwin.

Carter had a marked tendency toward self-promotion in his work, frequently citing his own writings in his nonfiction to illustrate points and almost always including at
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