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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 574 pages
  • Publisher: Grim Oak Press (2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0984713638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984713639
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unfettered is a collection of short stories selected by the authors for this volume.
lithic
Thanks to the insightful forwards by each author, I know about some of their other work and now have some other books I look forward to reading.
Scott
I love reading long books, bit this one is nice because I can sit for a while and read a whole story.
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96 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on June 30, 2013
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(Originally posted on The ArchedDoorway)

Normally in my reviews I'll take a step back, and try to remove all bias. They're formulaic: a description, the good, the bad, something else good, a general summary, and the release date of the novel, or the sequel, if there is one. That's not something I did here. Be warned, this is a long one.

Unfettered is a fantasy anthology, containing stories from many of the biggest names in fantasy out there right now. It's a wonderful amalgamation of talent, put together by and for the editor, Shawn Speakman. The anthology was put together in order to help Speakman's medical debt after a fight with cancer back in 2011. The stories in this anthology are exactly what the title says -- unfettered. They're all unique; some take place in familiar worlds, while others are a step away into a different fancy of the authors.

I've met a bunch of the authors in the anthology, and for many of those I haven't yet had a chance to meet, I've read their books, talked to them online, or heard things about them... and it's one thing to know them and to think of them as being good people, but it's another entirely, to realize just how caring, and how close the SF/Fantasy community is. If anything can show it, it's this anthology -- the 20 or so authors coming together to support one of their own in a time of need. It really is amazing, and it made this anthology all that much better. To me, it kind of served as an affirmation of the good that is out there.

I wasn't entirely sure how to write this review -- so, I've decided I will start at the beginning, and just have a few sentences for each of the stories. For some of them, I could write full reviews on, but I think it will be best this way.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Grumpy Dragon on August 7, 2013
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Unfettered

When I first heard of the book, and saw the author list, I immediately put it in my 'must buy' list. What intrigued me was the whole concept behind the book- that the writers would be able to contribute stories that have no specific theme, which isn't very common in an anthology. I think that it led to some more quality work than might have otherwise been submitted. I especially like the brief intro supplied by each author explaining the story's origins, because I like the behind-the-scenes feel that it gives to the book.

The stories are very well written, and many of them serve as an introduction to some of the other worlds that these authors have created. I will be purchasing more books by these authors soon, and will be happily filling my Kindle to bursting.

One story in particular stands out to me- How Old Holly Came To Be by Patrick Rothfuss. It's set in the same world as his Kingkiller Chronicles, but without any of the characters from that series. It would work well as a song or poem (perhaps sung by Kvothe?) within one of the books; it has a very nice rhythm to it. But I think that people who are looking for a more traditional story to help fill the void between the books might be disappointed. So Rothfuss fans should be aware that this story is not one of his usual pieces, but it's a good read nonetheless.

By far the best thing about the this book is the reason behind its publication. When the editor/contributor Shawn Speakman was diagnosed with lymphoma, he had no medical insurance.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R. Williamson on June 29, 2013
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I notice many of the reviews have nothing to do with the quality of the book but the concept for which it was written. Mine will be on the quality of reading.

It is very hard for me to give anything a perfect score.

I have not read every story yet, but I have read enough to know I am glad I purchased this book.

Of what I have read, Brandon Sanderson's River of Souls and Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire stand out. I really enjoyed both of those.

*Adding a couple of more stories I found to be very good...
Strange Rain by Jennifer Bosworth
The Jester by Micheal J Sullivan
Unfettered Knight by Shawn Speakman
Unbowed by Eldon Thomas (very very good)
Heaven in a Wildflower by Blake Charlton (tear jerker)

David Anthony Durham story was cute.

On the flip side the Patrick Rothfuss was completely unreadable to me. I am sure some people will enjoy it, but it is far from my cup of tea.

The other stories I have read to this point have all been enjoyable.

I will certainly be buying some books by the above mentioned authors.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The Drifter on June 26, 2013
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Unfettered has stories by absolute legends of the fantasy genre, and even their long-time fans might be surprised by some entries in this short-story collection. Fans of this genre should certainly purchase and read it, and I'm sure that they will be pleasantly surprised by some of the stories included. (R.A. Salvatore for one really left his norm in his included short story.) I highly recommend this book for people looking for great quick read, and the fact that the proceeds are going to help a cancer survivor makes this a must purchase, and a highly satisfying read to boot.
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