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The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Stories of the unreal, of trolls and werewolves, spells and sorcerers and magic lands, have been part of the human psyche for as long as there are records. In the present century, far from being outdated by the rise of technology and science fiction, fantasy has once more become a major literary genre expressive of the deepest feelings about humanity and its relation to th ...more
Paperback, 499 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1994)
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Oct 12, 2019 marked it as being-read-intermittently  ·  review of another edition
Oct. 12, 2019
On the intermittent occasions when I spend time in the public library at Harrisonburg, Virginia, I typically have a short story anthology that I'm reading in bits and pieces. The current one is this entry in Oxford Univ. Press' long line of quality fiction collections; Tom Shippey is also the editor of a companion volume of science fiction stories, which got five stars from me. Here, he's assembled 31 selections by as many American and British authors, arranged by publication order
A really interesting read. My first introduction to "The Silken-Swift" and "Bite me not or fleur de fur", both awesome stories.

The demon pope /​ Richard Garnett
The fortress unvanquishable, save for Sacnoth /​ Lord Dunsany
Through the dragon glass /​ Abraham Merritt
The nameless city /​ H. P. Lovecraft
The wind in the portico /​ John Buchan
The tower of the elphant /​ Robert E. Howard
Xeethra /​ Clark Ashton Smith
Jirel meets magic /​ Catherine L. Moore
The bleak shore /​ Fritz Leiber
Jessica Ahlros
I find that this is a hard short story collection to review. With its 31 stories by different authors during different years of our history the first being written in 1888 by Richard Garnett and the last written 1992 by Terry Pratchett (also happened to be the only 5 star read by the lot in my opinion). Of these 31 stories I found as I mentioned one five star, six four star reads, four one star reads and five two star reads. Now my three star rating is because I gave fifteen of these stories 3 s ...more
Robert Hepple
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
First published in this volume in 1994, 'The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories' is a collection of 31 short stories originally published over the years 1888-1992. The authors included comprise some of the finest fantasy writers, and the stories themselves are superb examples, so long as you realise that only fantasy authors who can pen decent short stories are represented. Most enjoyable. ...more
Edward Pissmeoff
A great collection of shorts by masters of the genre, put together in chronological order, so you can see how the writers of the past have, and continue to, influence the new generations.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love all of the stories. But there were a gems in the collection from Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Larry Niven, and Terry Pratchett. ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Demon Pope," by Richard Garnett (1888): 7.75
- Limped across the finish line, but otherwise enjoyable little ditty, in which we get all the hallmarks of 19th-century genre writing turgidity, ethnic-nationalism, and papist-bashing we could ever want (and in only several pages). Interesting to set this soul-to-the-devil tale so deep in the medieval past, although there are really no markers to set it apart from any timeless generic Protestant-generated assumptions about the Vatican except for
Simon Mcleish
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Originally published on my blog here in December 1999.

This collection of short stories aims to be representative of the history of the modern fantasy genre, from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. The authors include many important shapers of the genre, though there are odd omissions - Tolkien, Morris, MacDonald, and Donaldson, for example. The selection concentrates on the earlier years, probably because the average reader of fantasy relies on the selection in the local bookshop and only ever
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I read an anthology "The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories by Tom Shippey."

I found it inconsistent; that is purely an opinion as a reader. I had never read H.P. Lovecraft or Robert E. Howard (Conan) and frankly, they were two of the best stories in the book. I've never read Terry Pratchett until this anthology; lovely, lovely short story. I was surprised. It was worth reading. I like short stories but I could not get into all of them.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. Not terrible, but not good enough to be worth slogging through. Skipped to the Tanith Lee, then sent it back to the library.
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed reading these short stories. A few near the beginning of the book were not as good as the rest, but most were amazing.
The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories (Oxford Books of Prose) by Tom Shippey (2003)
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great anthology that shows the progression of the fantasy genre. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy.
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