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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.; 1st MM Publishing Ed edition (June 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892065282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892065285
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,879,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theme anthologies are outstanding when the stories in them are strong in their own right. Editor Martindale has a worthy goal--celebrating characters who are neither Conan nor Barbarella but physically more like most Americans. That is, as the phrase has it, persons of size. Unfortunately, only a few of these dozen stories stand out. Unsurprisingly, those few are by such established writers as Gene Wolfe, Jody Lynn Nye, and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Wolfe contributes a tale of magic, Nazis, and a mysterious Austrian innkeeper; a sly story of elephants and actors is Nye's offering; and Scarborough delivers the witty and wise fairy tale of a princess who finds that a weighty curse has hidden benefits. The other stories are mostly unpolished and unimaginative. Only thoroughgoing collections and those with patrons who would be grabbed by the theme ought to add the book. Roberta Johnson
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From the Author

Why fat people? Why NOT! The one question I've gotten more than any other regarding _Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power and Abundance_ is, "Why fat people?" The short answer is "Why not?" The long answer involves being a fat kid who grew up wondering why none of the heroines ever looked like her, who grew up to be a fat writer and editor who wanted to do something about that.

Heroes and heroines come in all sizes. As a writer of SF&F, I've been proud to add a few from the upper end of the size diversity spectrum to the body of short speculative fiction. Now, as editor of ths work, I'm proud to present stories by such writers as Gene Wolfe, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Jody Lynn Nye and others that tell those tales and more.

These are stories of people whose worth is, most definitely, not inversely proportional to their waistlines. They're big in size as well as courage, wit and all those other qualities associated with heroes. Science fiction, fantasy and horror featuring characters who get it done, not "when they lose weight", but now and "as is."

This is a book for readers who always wanted to see characters who looked like them and readers with the imagination to appreciate characters outside the current mold.

Enjoy! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia L. Armistead on October 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
No, I haven't any reason to think it will be a series, but I can hope, can't I?
I ran across the book back in July and fell in with the cover painting. Then I saw that it was edited by Lee Martindale, someone I remembered encountering (and respecting) in the size acceptance newsgroups. At that point I probably would have bought it no matter what, but the theme of the anthology cinched it.
I finished it within 48 hours of getting it, and it was wonderful. As usual with any anthology, I enjoyed some stories more than others. I think "Demon Bone" by Teresa Noelle Roberts had to be my favorite story. The poem "Fat Is Not A Fairy Tale" by Jane Yolen and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough's story "Worse Than The Curse" were awfully good, though :-) Paula L. Fleming's "Polyformus Perfectus" left me wishing it were the beginning of a novel rather than a short story.
I've already recommended this book to quite a few people, but I have a feeling I'll be handing it out to more. I'll probably buy a hardback copy to keep and loan out the paperback, but I'll be buying some copies to give as gifts as well.
And if I EVER find a print of the cover painting by Doug Beekman, it's going in a place of honor in my living room.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adina Reeve on June 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
I greatly enjoyed the stories in this book. I can't say that I liked all of them, but then again I've never read any anthology where that was true. I particularly appreciated the authors and editor resisting the urge to hit us over the head with the message of fat heroes and heroines. All the main characters were large, but that wasn't usually the crucial plot point. In other words, just like in real life (or at least the way it should be) size isn't their defining characteristic, it's just another facet of these well-rounded (pun intended) individuals. The stories span the range from traditional fantasy/fairytale to hard science fiction, with every step along the way.
Picking a favorite story from this anthology is quite impossible. "A Taste of Song" by K.D. Wentworth, "Demon Bone" by Teresa Noelle Roberts, and "Lady Emerdirael's Rescue" by Lisa Deason are three that stick in my mind. All three deal with preconceptions about physical appearance and personal value in an entertaining and enjoyable way. The introductory poem by Jane Yolen, "Fat is Not a Fairytale", is wonderful and sets the perfect mood for the book.
I sincerely hope that we'll see another anthology of stories like this from Lee Martindale and Meishe Merlin publishing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arianne on June 30, 2000
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I found Such A Pretty Face a delightful romp from one end to the other. I very much enjoyed the concept that someone's size is irrelevant to their personality and abilities. The characters were people first and fat/large/whatever second, something I think more characters (and people) should try. I intend to buy many copies to give as gifts and would recommend this book to anyone who is tired of the fat versus thin stereotypes. These stories prove that there is more to people than just their packaging.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
And mine seems to vary from that of the Booklist reviewer, who thought the best stories were by the bigger authors such as Scarborough, Wolfe and Nye. Scarborough's was nice with lots of humor, Wolfe's was kind of tough to wade through though, and Nye's, well, I had to give up on it. A lot of the other so-called "unimaginative and unpolished" stories were superior to these.
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