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Fantasy For Good: A Charitable Anthology

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  22 reviews
From Sword and Sorcery to Paranormal Romance, from Weird Fiction to Fairy Tales, Fantasy For Good presents a wide range of exciting short fiction to accommodate every taste. In this collection of thirty stories, legendary authors (including NYT Bestsellers and World Fantasy Award winners) and great new up-and-comers in the genre spin tales of magic and mayhem.

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Published December 9th 2014 by Nightscape Press
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Katharine Kerr
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Disclaimer: I have a story in this anthology, but none of us were paid for our work. This is a very worthwhile charity project. It benefits colon cancer research through the donation of royalties to the Colon Cancer Alliance.

It's also crammed with really good stories by some of the big names in the Fantasy and SF genres. Nearly 400 pages of them! A few of the stories are reprints, but most are originals (as is mine, in case anyone wonders.)
I bought this book after reading the introduction via Urban Fantasy magazine. The intro is from the son of Roger Zelazny, one of my favourite writers, who died of colon cancer, and the proceeds of the book go to colon cancer charities.

I enjoyed some of the selections, though the book did have one major problem: it doesn't appear to have been past a copy editor, meaning that the stories are just as they have come from the contributors. Now, in some cases, they're professional enough that this do
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
As all anthologies tend to be, a bit of a mixed bag (here the stories range from "amazing" to "WTF just happened?" and "what's with the condescending sexism?"). The good ones outnumber the bad, but there were a couple for me that were just ugh, which brought my rating down.


For those more inclined that I to be bothered by spelling and grammar errors, I suggest this review:
Alison C
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantasy for Good: A Charitable Anthology , edited by Jordan Ellinger and Richard Salter, is a volume of mostly original short stories, the proceeds of which are earmarked for research into colon cancer, a disease that has taken many fantasy writers from us, among them Roger Zelazny and Jay Lake. There are a number of stories by the biggest names in fantasy of today (including George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman) and yesterday (including the aforementioned Roger Zelazny and Jay Lake) t ...more
Robert Wilson
Sep 08, 2014 marked it as to-read
Fantasy For Good: A Charitable Anthology is live in both trade paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon right now!!! Remember folks, sure this book is utterly packed with some of the best names in the fantasy genre, sure this book is just under 400 pages thick, sure it includes stories from sword and sorcery, paranormal romance, weird fiction, urban fantasy, and fairy tales, but most important of all, remember this! All proceeds from this anthology go directly to the Colon Cancer Alliance! Every ...more
In honor of Roger Zelazny who passed away from colon cancer, this anthology is filled with 30 stories to benefit charity. Some of my favorite stories were: In The Lost Lands by George RR Martin, Worms Rising from the Dirt by David Farland (Which I have to say is a great name for a fantasy author as well! :))

Absolutely loved Knight's Errand by Jane Lindskold with its wonderful twists. and Under Fairy Tale re-tellings section - a wonderful story by Alan Dean Foster featuring frogs that save Christ
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great stories here, from big names as well as lesser-known authors. Lots of non-white / non-male voices and perspectives, yay! The collection tends toward the dark/weird: urban fantasy, fairytales with a modern twist, nods to Lovecraft and Stephen King.

Favorites: In the Lost Lands (George R. R. Martin), Moon Glass (Megan N. Moore), Lenora of the Low (Marina J. Lostetter), Undying Love (Jackie Kessler), The Grenade Garden (Michael Moorcock), Sand and Teeth (Carmen Tudor), The Seas of Heaven
This anthology was very much of a mixed bag. There were excellent stories, okay stories and some that I did not like at all.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I've read an anthology, and I had forgotten how much fun short stories can be. This collection was wonderfully selected. The opening story, about a woman who learns to be a witch and then battles her husband for her daughter, was intriguing and pulled me in. I wanted more! The next story also compelled me to move forward while still wishing there were an entire book of it. I admire the ability of these authors to create an entire world in the pages of a short story.

Bernadette Keeling
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I paid £3.78 for this book and it has proven to be amazing value. It offers a huge selection of stories helpfully broken up into sections so you can pick whatever suits your mood, be it sword & sorcery, fairy tales, paranormal, urban fantasy etc. Whilst I am a huge Neil Gaiman fan, my favourite in this compilation has to be In the Lost Lands by George R.R. Martin. Perfect in terms of character, plot, atmosphere and language, I have read it many times. It seems such a small amount of money for wh ...more
Rick Yagodich
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with any anthology, there will be good and bad.

This collection was curated to raise money for colon cancer research, touching on a disease that is personal to one of the editors and to several of the contributors.

Most of the stories within this volume were, to me, a little above average, with a couple of absolute gems thrown infor good measure. Of course, there were also the "stories" that do not deserve the name, only one of which was so unintelligible as to find itself abandoned; the other
Julia Jakobsen
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had this anthology on my kindle for ages and don't even remember why I bought it - but I'm glad I did, because it's filled with delightful stories that linger. I especially liked the first half, as I prefer dragons to horror but that's just personal taste. Thumbs up to this anthology. ...more
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans
I got this to read the short pre-quell story by Kelley Armstrong in it. I really enjoyed it and it was worth buying the whole anthology as it's for a good cause. I will eventually return to read over some mor of the stories in it! ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anthologies are usually so mixed in quality, but this one was uniformly extremely high. Even the ones I didn't particularly like were very well written. And it's raising money for a very good cause. ...more
Charles Roberts
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Good read . It fell into place and kept me riveted on the spot. It was a hard read to put down.
May 27, 2015 marked it as currently-reading-anthcoll  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Annual Dues • shortstory by Ken Scholes
♦The Kitsune's Nine Tales by Kelley Armstrong read 8/11/2015
Elroy Wooden Sword • shortstory by S. C. Hayden
In the Lost Lands • (1982) • shortstory by George R. R. Martin
Worms Rising From the Dirt • shortstory by David Farland
Snow Wolf and Evening Wolf • shortstory by James Enge
Knight's Errand • shortstory by Jane Lindskold
Languid in Rose • shortstory by Frances Silversmith
Green They Were, and Golden-Eyed • shortstory by Alan Dean Foster
Golden • shortstory b
Kyle Aisteach
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Usual caveat that I'm a contributor, but I really quite enjoyed every story in this. It's lovely to feel like your own story is the weakest link. ...more
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: electronic
A great collection of fantasy stories that progressively get more and more bizarre.
Little Red Readinghood
Like any anthology uneven. Some great stories but lost me in the last section of weird fantasy.
Kathy Sebesta
Dec 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
Fantasy for good does not equal good fantasy. Not by a long shot.

I got this book because several of my favorite authors wrote stories for it. And as I read, I kept racking my brain to figure out what they could possibly have been asked to write, that turned out so universally wrong. I read the first 225 pages, tried a couple other stories, and quit. Of those pages there was one story - "Trufan fever" by Katharine Kerr - that I would recommend to others. You may keep the rest, including the ones
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really glad this was for charity

There are a number of really good authors included in this book but only five stories I can actually imagine reading again. Some were just too weird and confusing. Others seemed more horror than the type of fantasy I enjoy. If I hadn't bought this book for a worthwhile cause, I'd regret not simply checking it out from the library.
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Jordan Ellinger is a recent first place winner in the Writers of the Future Contest and is a Clarion West graduate. His work can be seen in “AE – The Canadian Speculative Fiction Review”, and the anthologies “Time in a Bottle” and ”Sha’Daa: Last Call”. He has two graphic novels in various stages of development: The Seven with Luke Eidenschink and Causality with illustrator Joey Jordan. In his spar ...more

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