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Bending the Landscape: Fantasy Hardcover – March 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: White Wolf Publishing; 1st White Wolf Omnibus Ed edition (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565048369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565048362
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,605,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Bending the Landscape will be a series of anthologies focused on homosexual issues in genre fiction, but this one isn't so neatly pigeonholed as all that. Gayness, or someone's discovery of his or her gayness, is indeed a common motif to all the stories, but in some it is central; in others, it's just a quality a character has--they happen to be having or have had a relationship with someone of the same sex. It's generous in size, 22 stories, and generous in its embrace, ranging in tone from sitcom-like light entertainment ("In Mysterious Ways," by Tanya Huff, and "Magicked Tricks" by K. L Berac), to realism ("Gestures Too Late on a Gravel Road" by Mark W. Tiedemann, and "Full Moon and Empty Arms" by M. W. Keiper), to realistic horror ("The House of the Man in the Moon" by Richard Bowes). Mythic fantasy, fairy tales, and ghost stories are all here too, so this is more like reading a survey than a tightly thematic anthology. The variety is appropriate. Neither fantasy nor sex comes in just one flavor. If you're at all interested in anything besides vanilla, sample this.

From Library Journal

In this collection of commissioned stories, gay and straight writers?including Mark W. Tiedemann, Kim Antieu, and Ellen Kushner?incorporate gay themes into fantasy stories. Many have explicit homosexual sex scenes. This first of a proposed trilogy (the others will cover science fiction and horror) brings a new perspective to the genre. For lesbian, gay, and bisexual literature collections as well as larger sf collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Nicola Griffith: a native of Yorkshire, England, now a dual US/UK citizen. Author of six novels (Ammonite, Slow River, The Blue Place, Stay, Always, Hild) and a multi-media memoir (And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner notes to a writer's early life). Co-editor of the Bending the Landscape series of original queer f/sf/h stories. Essayist. Teacher. Blogger. Winner of the Nebula, Tiptree, World Fantasy, and 6 Lambda Literary Awards. (Also a BBC poetry prize, some Gaylactic Spectrum awards, the Premio Italia, the Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize, and others.) Wife of writer Kelley Eskridge (and co-owner of Sterling Editing).

Her latest novel, Hild--about the rise of one of the most powerful women of the early middle ages, now known as St Hilda of Whitby--is published in the US by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and UK by Blackfriars.

Nicola lives in Seattle, where she occasionally emerges from the seventh century to drink just the right amount of beer and take enormous delight in everything.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book features some of the finest short fiction I've seen in fantasy literature. While sexuality is an important underlying theme, it does not overpower the force of most of these excellent stories. The characters are people, not political statements or stereotypes. I hope this book finds its way into the hands of many mainstream readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book is the first in a series of collections of genre fiction featuring gay and lesbian characters. Although some might pass it by assuming that the contents are either pornographic or pulp, this is a serious mistake. The stories are overall of high quality, and the subject matter is quite wide-ranging. Many of the authors will be familiar to readers of fantasy literature, and Thieves World fans will be pleased to hear that one of the stories takes place in that universe
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alex on July 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Because of its diverse bouquet of erotic undercurrents, BTL: Fantasy is especially adept with wry, bittersweet fantasies - not the swords-and-sorcery type, but touching tales with a modern-supernatural slant. There are all sorts of uplifting motifs here - getting over midlife crises (Antieau's "Desire"), revisiting childhood places ( Thrower's "The Home Town Boy"), dealing with the deaths of friends (Shepherd's "Gary, in the Shadows") and loved ones (Silverthrorne's "The Sound of Angels"), release and spiritual freedom (What's "Beside the Well"), turning back the clock on painful memories (Verona's "Mahu"), and so on.
As far as the subgenres represented in this volume, you'll find very few traditional hack-and-slash stories ("The Stars Are Tears," "Magicked Tricks," and "In Mysterious Ways" being the only three, and they're all comedic). Especially numerous are gritty-dark-urban-modern fantasies along the lines of Don Bassingthwaite's "In Memory of," a tale of two vengeful dragon-brothers vying for fragile human lovers in a city setting. Also numerous are fringe stories that don't quite belong to any single genre because they have so few fictional elements - Matter's "Water Snakes" is an example.
Unfortunately, the settings aren't a very original lot: many stories are set in generic urban environments; there are a couple bare-bones Oriental stories; even the purely imaginary settings (such as the one in Sherman and Kushner's "The Fall of Kings") didn't strike me as especially original.
The writing, however, is uniformly good, if totally unexceptional, fitting well with the characters that behave interestingly but almost never transcend their two-dimensionality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NEIL DIBERNARDO on September 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
The stories are a mixed bag but well worth a look. All I really want to add to other readers' comments, though, is that the book was poorly proofread -- it is riddled with typos. If as a collector that kind of thing bothers you, you should be aware of this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
We live in a word where definition delimits. How exciting to come across a collection of stories that expand, rather than confirm, my preconceptions. These stories all wrestle with queerness, granted, but from such a spectrum of perspectives. The pleasure of the anthology is, the stories are all enjoyable as story (many great; almost all good); and then so many of them are engagingly expansive around their gender themes. Go read this. It's the best fantasy anthology I've seen for years....
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