The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria: 3/5
Decent, but I gave up on this series after the fourth book. So no real connection or investment in the short story for the series.
Discworld: The Sea and Little Fishes - 4/5
I always enjoy a visit to Pratchett's Discworld and Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are big favorites.
The Sword of Truth: Debt of Bones - 1/5
A short story from a series I really do not like. I can't stand the way Goodkind writes women (or antagonists, or protagonists, or humans) ...more
'The Hedge Night' by George R.R. Martin
What a phenomenal story. I'm glad I was introduced to Dunk and Egg in the Warriors anthology, even if it meant reading these characters' stories out of order.
'Grinning Man' by Orson Scott Card
An interesting story set in a unique alternative America. I was particularly fond of the "knack" magic system. This story makes me want to read other Alvin Maker tales, despite my reservations that the character is based on T ...more
The genius, and great virtue, of Legends is that it gathers in one place works by, and in the most popular settings of, most of the most iconic fantasy writers of the age, making this a wonderful entrance point for writers you might otherwise not have read (perhaps intimidated b ...more
Stephen King tells a tale of Roland, the Gunslinger, in the world of The Dark Tower, in "The L ...more
The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria: 5/5
Discworld: The Sea and Little Fishes - 5/5
The Sword of Truth: Debt of Bones - 4/5
Tales of Alvin Maker: Grinning Man - 1/5
Majipoor: The Seventh Shrine - 4/5
Earthsea: Dragonfly -4/5
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn: The Burning Man - 5/5
A Song of Ice and Fire: The Hedge Knight - 4/5
Pern: Runner of Pern - 3/5
The Riftwar Saga: The Wood Boy - 3/5
The Wheel of Time: New Spring - 3,5/5
Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria. I love the Dark Tower series, and I remember searching this anthology out just to read Little Sisters when I was reading The Dark Tower books. It remaninds one of my favorite King short stories, but that may just be because I love Roland so much. :)
Terry Prachett: Discworld: The Sea and ...more
I really did not care for Card's story... an oddity since I have liked his other works. But no other clunkers to be found, and that makes this a solid compilation.
A 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounding up for high caliber authors inside.
The best stories whether, stand alone or prequel, had the same things in common. First the reader did not need to know ...more
It's impossible to list and recap them all as there are 11 tales included.
Suffice it to say the editor has done a sterling job of bringing some of the biggest and best names of fantasy together and putting them all in one book.
Fans will love returning to the mythical worlds these fantasy novelists have created and all give a little more insight into the books involved in each series.
Bought this ...more
George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire has been a major deviation for me. I’ve beco ...more
For my own convenience I'm listing the stories, the authors and their series here:
"The Little Sisters of Eluria" ...more
I picked up this story with some trepidation, because I have mixed feelings about GRRM’s writing. I loved the first three ASOIAF novels, but reading the last two brought back feelings of being ...more
Fans of Martin may be tempted to pick this up to get more of the world in his gigantic The Song of Ice and Fire series. For best results and the most payoff in connecting the t ...more
I am now listening to the audiobook of A Dance with Dragons. If you are a fan of classic fantasy and are not scar ...more
Robert Silverberg, Introduction & Mythos Overviews:
The introduction is rather lack-lustre. Silverberg provides a brief historical overview of the emergence of modern fantasy in the 20th century, following a lull where science fiction reigned supreme. At least he doesn't go on at great length. The mythos introductions vary greatly in detail and quality; on balance they provide a helpful grounding for those readers who are not familiar with the seri...more
A synopsis/summary of the series is given in the front of each story. Author's notes may be included saying "This may be enjoyed as a stand-alone story."
Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluthra
Terry Pratch ...more
It's been a while since I read anything by Stephen King. I usually avoid reading his books because they give me nightmares. He's just that good at writing horror. The Little Sisters of Eluria did not give me nightmares.
Discworld is the first story I've read by Terry Pratchett. I enjoyed reading The Sea and Little Fishes. I enjoyed Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax's friendship and found this story to be fun. I will probably try another Pratchett story.
I had ...more
Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth and Lord Valentine’s Castle, as well as At Winter’s End, also available in a Bison Books edition. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of f ...more