- Paperback: 261 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books, Inc.; First Ed edition (January 1, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671835742
- ISBN-13: 978-0671835743
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Best of Randall Garrett Paperback – January 1, 1982
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That being said then the contents was satsifactory although I would have like it being made clear that there were no Lord Darcy stories in it. The stories and short novels are readable with a few being exceptional. I enjoyed seeing where Garrett was influenced by Issac Asinov and other sf writers.
There is maybe one memorable female charactor in the whole bunch, that of Queen Elizabeth I. Otherwise any females primary exist as the hero's reward. Even the aliens are better written and developed than the women. Book reminds me of when science fiction was written for and by adolescent males. I am female and not adolescent in case you couldn't tell.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
Out like a Light is expanded into The Impossibles
Occasion for Disaster is expanded to Supermind
That Sweet Little Lady is expanded in Brain Twister
Nevertheless a bargain at this price.
Also the hyperlinks in the table of contents actually do work fine. Perhaps they were defective in earlier versions. And another reviewer states each short story does has an introduction written by Garrett's friends. This seems to be true for the paperback version not, unfortunately, for the Kindle edition.
He is most famous for his superb series about Lord Darcy, set in a great alternate universe where Richard the Lion Hearted didn't die from a crossbow bolt, and where Magic (under strict rules) has taken over much of what Technology does today. The series is set in the late 20th century. It's one of the best Fantasy Alternate History series out there.
This collection was done in 1982, edited by Randall's friend and collaborator Robert Silverberg. Each short story has a personal introduction by many of Randall's SF author friends. The intros are worth reading.
The stories are a mixed bag of course, since they include his first (showing great promise, but ...) and other selections. The collection contains two Lord Darcy stories, including one I have never seen collected before- starring Captain Darcy in an alternate WWI.
Note that I am reviewing the Print edition, not the e-book. I am told there are several diferences.
I heartily recommend the omnibus collection "Lord Darcy" (1983).
Now if you never read anything by Garrett you should introduce yourself to another one of the many underrated authors that entertained and enlightened many readers of Campbell's Astounding-Analog magazine in the 70-80's time period.
My favorites novels are "Pagan Passions" - a must read about well, pagan passions and "Unwise Child" about a deranged robot.
Imagine 9 novels and a load of short stories for such a low price!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dated stories...though I love Garrett's Lord Darcy series, these were frankly dreary. Not recommended.Published 18 days ago by Patricia
It's Randall Garrett. If you have not read any of his works, you should. Fire and Ice!Published 18 months ago by Almaco
If you think you are getting any of the Lord Darcy stores, WRONG. These seem to be the worst of Randal Garrett.Published on May 25, 2013 by chuck1264
It is a mix of Garrett's writings but he was a great writer . I enjoyed it and it is a good buy .Published on February 2, 2013 by TomH