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The Big Book of Adventure Stories Paperback – May 31, 2011
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These are the kind of stories you always knew were out there, but you just never read. If you don't live in a tree you've heard of Tarzan, Conan, King Kong, or the Cisco Kid. But except for Hollywood's interpretations of these characters, most readers today are unfamiliar with their origins in prose.
To me, Tarzan was somebody a bunch of swimmers and body builders played in a string of cheap movies (Or in the case of Graystoke, the Legend of Tarzan, not so cheap). So who knew Tarzan was as clever as James Bond and as savage as Conan the Barbarian? And who knew I would enjoy this new anthology by Otto Penzler even more than The Big Book of Pulp Stories?
Some of these classic tales are amazing, others are interesting but lacking a certain zing (sorry Talbot Mundy). But because of the stories I read in this book, I've already placed orders for more stories by Robert E Howard. I'm on the lookout for more Philip Jose Farmer. I finished Mr. Farmer's "After King Kong Fell" and decided I can never watch the Fay Wray King Kong movie the same way again.
Anyway, this book is highly recommended. You might not enjoy everything but the book is so BIG you'll find something to love!
If you don't know a name from the table of contents, check out the back cover, with a list of the "characters" you will find. Really, almost every story is either by a famous writer (ie Alastair Maclean), features a famous character (Buck Rogers) or both (Robert E Howard's Conan, Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan).
In short, its 700 pages of short stories by a whole bunch of names, some famous, some not. Then there is 150 pages of Tarzan novel. Its all good, even if some is a little dated - most of this stuff dates from the first 50 years of the last century; some is older, some is later. But it is a product of its time and writers: that means there is some casual racism in places, and there are not a lot of female protagonists here (although the book does open with one). There is a memorable female villian, and some eye candy, and in some - perhaps even most - stories no women at all.Read more ›
Sword and Sorcery
Man VS. Nature
Sand and Sun
Something Feels Funny
Go West Young Man
In darkest Africa.
In each of these are several tale representing each category. They are all wonderful. Concluding the In Darkest Africa section is a complete Tarzan short novel titled "Tarzan the Terrible" by Edgar Rice Burroughs of 131 pages of sheer delight. But than again this could be applied to this whole collection. I only wish there was a second collection in the works because this is simply not enough! Bravo!!!
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I love adventure stories. The best way I can describe this book is NOSTALGIC, good old fashion adventure. I love it.Published 7 months ago by Consuelo Leal Garza
Exactly what it claims to be. Discover here the headwaters of so many of the most famous pulp authors that have powerfully influenced the things you've read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Campbell
Otto Penzler might be more well-known for his Mysterious Bookshop and curated collections of mystery writing, but his skills of selection and compilation are not limited by genre,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love these collections! I have a few others, such as Noir and Locked Room Mysteries. Definitely worth collecting.Published 19 months ago by R. J. Karger
There are some rip-roaring stories in this collection -- lots of them in a book just shy of 900 pages. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Karen Amrhein
Many old classic writers here with some of their best short stories.
I have not read it yet, as my husband just finished it and lent it out. Read more
Hundereds of stories are included here. A few are, yes, very much of their time and not great by modern standards, but the majority are exciting and quite good. FIVE STARS!Published 22 months ago by Charlotte
Most of these stories are not so dated that they seem to be ancient; the adventures frequently could be something happening today or last week at the most. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Dr. John T. Webb
The book came on time in great condition. The transaction went well, and the process was easy. I bought it as a gift, so I don't know if the book is actually any good.Published on January 2, 2014 by A. Razor