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DAW 30th Anniversary Fantasy (Nightfall 0.5)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  266 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
To celebrate DAW Books's 30 years of publishing in the sf and fantasy genres, Wollheim and Gilbert have assembled these volumes that feature authors who have published under the DAW banner and whose works have made significant contributions to the field of imaginative literature. An essay by the editors (repeated in both volumes) relates the history of DAW and its founders ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by DAW Hardcover (first published 2002)
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Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
If I still had the book in my possession, rather than having given it back to the library right after I finished it, I would provide very short summaries and opinions on each of the stories. As I don't, and can't possibly remember enough about each one offhand to try anyway, I'll go with more blanket statements.

The anthology as a whole was a mixed bag. Most authors wrote stories to go along with whatever their main fantasy world was, and as a result their stories were incomprehensible or pointle
Michelle Wardhaugh
It helps to have read a lot of DAW books before reading this. Lackey's story is particularly funny to fans of her books. In general this is a satisfying collection of stories.
Joshua Palmatier
Nov 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Introduction by Betsy Wollheim and Sheila Gilbert: Normally I don’t find much of value in the introduction except perhaps the initial idea behind the anthology (which I then use to judge whether or not the authors stuck to that idea, deviated from it, or did something incredibly cool and unexpected with it). This time, though, the introduction actually gives you some incredibly interesting history on how DAW came to be and how it got to where it is right now, with Betsy and Sheila as editors. Pe ...more
Kristina Andreeva
Sep 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: Фентъзи
"След полунощ" и "Кървавият фонтан“ са единствените в сборника, които смятам за читави, но това не е достатъчно да повдигне звездичките. Чудя се как се издържа "DAW" с авторите, които издава... за тези в сборника говоря, разбира се. Може би романите им са по-добри от разказите. Друго обяснение нямам. Сериозно... разочарование беше този сборник. Толкова клишета, евтина драма и какво ли не друго липсващо.
Apr 28, 2009 rated it liked it
This was a fun book. Not only was it a fairly nice mix of stories, but the editorial notes were extremely interesting as well. In fact, some of the notes were better reading than the stories they accompanied (which may or may not be a good thing, come to think of it. What author wants to be outshone by his or her editor? *shrugs* Well, it didn't happen often.)

Anyway, I found myself wondering if thirty years hence, the tales would seem as dated as the ones in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame (pu
Bob Rust
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sow's Ear—Silk Purse • shortstory by Andre Norton
The Rebuke • novelette by Michael Shea
Persian Eyes • novelette by Tanith Lee
Coronach of the Bell • shortstory by Christopher Stasheff
Ending and Beginning • [Karavans] • shortstory by Jennifer Roberson
After Midnight • [Valdemar] • shortstory by Mercedes Lackey
Nightfall's Promise • [Legend of Nightfall] • novelette by Mickey Zucker Reichert
We Two May Meet • [Magdelene] • novelette by Tanya Huff
The Sacrifice • shortstory by Melanie Rawn
Heart-Healer •
Erinina Marie
30th Anniversary DAW Fantasy Anthology ed. by Elizabeth R. Wollheim and Sheila F. Gilbert

I obtained an uncorrected proof of this book from some book exchange or other at SLC, and am finally getting around to reading it. It’s great how a goal of reading 100 books can tend to dust off the covers of things that I’ve been putting off for years. This particular book is a great introduction to the world of Fantasy literature, I feel. I was introducted to writers such as Christopher Stasheff, Jennifer
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were three stories I particularly liked for no better reason than they suited the mood I was in when I was reading them. They are by no means the only good ones in the book, but they were the ones I felt a resonance with. Ending and Beginning, by Jennifer Roberson, is set in her new world about which she is currently penning her first novel. I also enjoyed A Perfect Day in Valdemar by Larry Dixon. In and of itself the story was excellent, but even if it hadn't been, this is one of those st ...more
Kelsey S. Hock
The Negatives
-I need to stop reading short stories. Perhaps they're just not for me. I just can't relate to a character I know is going to disappear forever in fifteen pages.
-Several stories were apart of the authors' epic fantasy series which is both confusing and frustrating for new readers

The Positives
-Maybe I'll enjoy it more in a few years when I've become more aquatinted with these authors works and writing styles.
May 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
This anthology consists of fantasy stories by several prominent DAW authors. Some of the authors contributed stories set in an established world but others contributed something completely new.

I thought this was a pretty good anthology. It took me a while to get back into reading pure fantasy (as opposed to urban fantasy). I'd read or heard of the majority of authors in the anthology but I also found some new authors I'd like to try out.
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore Mercedes Lackey's story in this anthology.
I will pull the book off the shelf just to read this story when I need a pick-me-up.
It is a bit of a spoiler if you haven't read all of Mercedes Lackey's books, but for a fan, it's like strawberries dipped in dark chocolate.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Quite A few good short stories in this anthology.
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Elizabeth "Betsy" Wollheim is editor of several works and is President, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at DAW books. She is the recipient of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Editor, Long Form.

About DAW -- Founded in 1971 by veteran paperback editor Donald A. Wollheim, along with his wife, Elsie B. Wollheim, DAW Books was the first publishing company ever devoted exclusively to science fiction and fanta
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