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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover edition (June 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596064617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596064614
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former singer, shoe-seller, radio show host, and inventor of interactive sci-fi television, Tad Williams is now a full-time writer. His 'Memory, Sorrow and Thorn' series established him as an internationally bestselling fantasy author. The series that followed, 'Otherland', is now a multi-million-dollar MMO launching in 2012 from dtp/realU/Gamigo. Tad is also the author of the fantasy series, the 'Shadowmarch' books; the stand-alone Faerie epic, 'The War of the Flowers'; two collections of short stories ('Rite' and 'A Stark and Wormy Knight'), the Shakespearian fantasy 'Caliban's Hour' and, with his partner & collaborator Deborah Beale, the childrens'/all-ages fantasy series, the 'Ordinary Farm' novels. Coming in September 2012 are the Bobby Dollar novels, fantasy thrillers set again the backdrop of the monstrously ancient cold war between Heaven and Hell: the first is 'The Dirty Streets of Heaven.'

Tad is also the author of 'Tailchaser's Song': his first novel spawned the subgenre of cats and fantasy that we see widely today. 'Tailchaser's Song' is currently in preproduction as an animated film from Animetropolis/IDA.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kat Hooper VINE VOICE on June 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've been a fan of Tad Williams since I read MEMORY, SORROW AND THORN many years ago -- a series I loved back then and need to revisit soon to see if it's as wonderful as I remember. I've also enjoyed a few of Williams' short stories that I've come across in anthologies -- especially one that was one of my favorites in my very favorite anthology: Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance. So I was eager to read more of Tad Williams in his story collection A Stark and Wormy Knight. Most of these 11 stories have been printed elsewhere, and I had read a couple of them previously, but if you don't already own them, this is a nice eclectic mix and a good introduction to an excellent author. Here are the stories you'll find in A Stark and Wormy Knight:

"And Ministers of Grace" -- (Originally published in 2010 in the Warriors anthology, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois) Lamentation Kane is an enhanced human who thinks he's the hand of God. His current mission is to travel to Archimedes, a world that rejects religion, to kill their leader while she's giving a speech. Tad Williams explains in his introduction that he's been thinking about writing an epic in which Lamentation Kane will be a main character. Kane is an intriguing invention, but not very likable in this story. However, the ending suggests that he may be a better hero in the future, so I'll be keeping my eyes out for more Lamentation Kane stories.

"A Stark and Wormy Knight" -- (From the anthology The Dragon Book, 2009, edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois) A mother dragon is telling her son a tale of his great grandfather's encounter with a knight. This is a playful story, full of puns and made up words.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick St-Denis on August 13, 2012
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Tad Williams is renowned for his huge doorstopper SFF yarns. Hence, it's always somewhat surprising to realize that the author is also a prolific short fiction writer. And since it's often too much of a bother to try to keep track of all the anthologies in which his short stories and novellas are published, I always relish the chance to sit down and read a collection such as A Stark and Wormy Knight.

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Tad Williams is an acknowledged master of the multi-volume epic. Through such popular series as Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn and Otherland, he has acquired a huge and devoted body of readers who eagerly await each new publication. A Stark and Wormy Knight offers those readers something both special and surprising: a virtuoso demonstration of Williams's mastery of a variety of shorter forms.

The range of tone, theme, style, and content reflected in this generous volume is nothing short of amazing. The title story is a tale within a tale of dragons and knights and is notable for its wit and verbal inventiveness. "The Storm Door" uses The Tibetan Book of the Dead to forge a singular new approach to the traditional zombie story. "The Terrible Conflagration at the Quiller's Mint" offers a brief, independent glimpse into the background of Williams's Shadowmarch series. "Ants" provides an ironic account of what can happen when a marriage goes irrevocably wrong.

Two of the longer entries show Williams working, with great facility, within the fictional creations of other writers. "The Thursday Men" is a hugely entertaining foray into the world of Mike Mignolla's Hellboy comics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra g Bartsch on March 26, 2013
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The stories were very different in tone-some funny and some more serious. it was a fast enjoyable read. Would reccommend it for reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By indigostorm11 on December 23, 2012
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Most of the stories where great, but I didn't like the stories that were the dialog taken from comic books. In comic stories, so much depends of seeing the action and characters that I found them pointless and boring. The true short stories; I loved, especially "A stark and wormy knight'. That was the cutest short story I have ever read especially because it is written entirely in dragon speak. I would definitely buy this book again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Kendrick on October 8, 2013
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I really enjoyed this one. Generally in a book of short stories there's at least one or two that are just okay but I found every story entertaining. I definitely recommend this text.
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