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4.0 out of 5 stars Lot of fun, January 4, 2011
This review is from: The Compleat Enchanter (Hardcover)
Fun to read--written in the mid 20th century but still sounds modern to me. Fantasy: three shrinks discover how to change minds so people can receive impressions according to the natural laws of, say, Old Norse myth, Spenser's FAERIE QUEEN, or the ORLANDO FURIOSO (with a side trip to Coleridge's Xanadu) instead of modern science, and can thus transport themselves to such fantasy worlds. One of them, Harold Shea, swashbuckles hilariously through the stories, with help from his boss Dr Chalmers. Lively stories, lively writing, puts you into the heart of the worlds Shea & co. visit, lets you think about right and wrong if you want, characters ok for a swashbuckling story, no onstage fornication but some fairly clean humor on the topic of sex and one misstep fairly corrected. IF this edition has the intro "Fletcher and I" by Sprague de Camp, that's a plus. Moral but not Christian.

THE COMPLEAT ENCHANTER I had left out two later Shea stories (Irish myth and Finnish myth), so you might also need THE ENCHANTER COMPLETED, or the Baen Books edition THE COMPLETE INCOMPLETE ENCHANTER, 532 pages, with a good intro by David Drake (but I miss de Camp's personal how-we-wrote intro.) Four stars only because you needn't read it unless you're into this kind of thing, and the first story, "The Roaring Trumpet," got off to a slow uncomfortable start before the action picked up.
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