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Kaye's anthology of four new ghost novellas is a mixed bag at best. Brian Lumley builds suspense in the first half of A Place of No Ending, but in the end, a garrulous ghost nearly talks the protagonist to death. Orson Scott Card, in Hamlet's Father, recasts Shakespeare's tragedy as a gothic ghost thriller, but hobbles it with an anachronistic and absurd revisionist ending. Kaye (The Fair Folk) represents himself with The Haunted Single Malt, a story that perhaps unwisely references ghost story master M.R. James while never rising to James's level. Only Tanith Lee, in Strindberg's Ghost, strikes the balance of atmosphere and romance crucial for the effective telling of her tale of betrayal and sacrifice. Though each story has its merits, readers will find them mostly dispiriting. (Oct.)
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Kaye’s latest anthology adds another volume to an ongoing series that previously featured tales about vampires, dragons, and fairies. On offer here are a quartet of ghost stories by leading artisans of speculative fiction. Brian Lumley’s “Place of Waiting” recounts the fate of a painter who crosses paths with a tortured ghost on the desolate mounds of Dartmoor, England. Orson Scott Card’s “Hamlet’s Father” gives Shakespeare’s tragedy of the gloomy Dane an alternate ending wherein his father’s murderer turns out to be someone much closer to Hamlet than his uncle. Kaye himself serves up a chilling brew in “The Haunted Single Malt,” eavesdropping on an assembly of ghost-story buffs at an Edinburgh pub who experience their own odd haunting by imbibing a previously unknown liquor. The final contribution, by Tanith Lee, visits an alternate-universe Russia and the denizens of an accursed tenement. All four tales showcase the authors at the peak of their narrative powers and make for satisfyingly spine-tingling reading on a stormy night. --Carl Hays --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 Reprint edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765312522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765312525
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,019,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Orson Scott Card is the bestselling author best known for the classic Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow and other novels in the Ender universe. Most recently, he was awarded the 2008 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in Young Adult literature, from the American Library Association. Card has written sixty-one books, assorted plays, comics, and essays and newspaper columns. His work has won multiple awards, including back-to-back wins of the Hugo and the Nebula Awards-the only author to have done so in consecutive years. His titles have also landed on 'best of' lists and been adopted by cities, universities and libraries for reading programs. The Ender novels have inspired a Marvel Comics series, a forthcoming video game from Chair Entertainment, and pre-production on a film version. A highly anticipated The Authorized Ender Companion, written by Jake Black, is also forthcoming.Card offers writing workshops from time to time and occasionally teaches writing and literature at universities.Orson Scott Card currently lives with his family in Greensboro, NC.

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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 3, 2008
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"A Place of No Ending" by Brian Lumley. In Eastern Dartmoor Moor, Paul learns first hand the truth about ghosts.

"Hamlet's Father" by Orson Scott Card. Teenager Hamlet knows his father the Danish King thinks little of him so as he goes to university in Heidelberg he ponders whether his sire considers his offspring worthy to sit or not sit on the throne.

"The Haunted Single Malt" by Marvin Kaye. They meet once a month at the Tron to exchange ghost stories, but none of them expected to star in a spirit's latest saga.

"Strindberg's Ghost" by Tanith Lee. Blya and the Swan know they cannot be together until one joins the other in death.

The four tales are interesting ghost stories with Tanith Lee's being by far the strongest.

Harriet Klausner
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