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Ages of Wonder

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Nineteen stories of myth and magic through the centuries

Here are nineteen original stories of myth, magic, and the creatures of fantasy, as seen through different historical eras— from the Age of Antiquity to the Age of Sails, the Colonial Age, the Age of Pioneers, the Pre-Modern Age, and the Age to come...

1 • Introduction (Ages of Wonder) • essay by Julie E.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by DAW (first published January 28th 2009)
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Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ages of Wonder este o antologie riguros impartita in perioade distincte ale evolutiei societatii umane.

Povestirile antologiei ne petrec prin universuri fantastice corespunzatoare urmatoarelor epoci : Ages of Antiquity, Ages of sail, The Colonial Age , The Age of pioneers, The Pre-morden Age si The Age ahead.

Volumul de fata ne ofera nu mai putin de 19 texte, uimind densitatea detaliilor si contrastul dintre calitatea povestirilor si spatiul ocupat.

Din introducere aflam ca antologia
It is very hard to write good genre fantasy short stories - and here I am not talking about fantastic, weird, slipstream ones, but "honest" genre, whether epic or urban ones. There are several reasons, but ultimately it boils down that genre fantasy depends a lot on characters and world building and those are difficult to do well at short length; not impossible, but just difficult.

If you need to showcase an idea, a twist, sense of wonder, weird, grotesque, atmosphere it's much easier
Yvonne Anderson
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
It was okay. I liked a few of the stories but not most. I should have read the blurb more carefully, as I didn't expect there to be so much magic involved. Magic stories are not my preference, so I was disappointed to find it in every one of these. For the most part, these tales gave me little to contemplate, and that's what I was looking for. However, most were well crafted and the editing was good, so I have no complaints there.
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of stories--"The Stone Orrery" by Jennifer Crow is my favorite, but they were all great reads. The idea is that most fantasy stories are set either in medieval (ish) times or in modern times, so these stories are set anywhen else. Ancient Greece, colonial times, fantasy in space...really awesome.
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I'm a huge fan of short stories as long as they are written well. I guess that's a criteria most of us would use. I found the stories in this book for the most part extremely well written, very descriptive and about my favorite things: exploring and magic. For me it was a win/win.
A neat concept, finding the ages that aren't as written about as sword-and-horse and urban fantasy.

All the stories were well-written and stood on their own, but some were "aw, I want more" because they were really cool worlds to play with.
A very interesting set of short stories. Some predicatable, some very much not.
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My story, "Mist Wraith," is in it! How can it not be a winner?
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Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
My Story, "A Bird In The Hand" is in it. Huzzah!
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For over twenty years, Canadian author/ former biologist Julie E. Czerneda has shared her curiosity about living things through her science fiction, published by DAW Books, NY. Julie’s written fantasy too, the first installments of her Night’s Edge series (DAW) A Turn of Light and A Play of Shadow, winning consecutive Aurora Awards (Canada’s Hugo) for Best English Novel. Having completed her Clan ...more
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