- Series: The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith (Book 1)
- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Night Shade Books; Reprint edition (September 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597808369
- ISBN-13: 978-1597808361
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The End of the Story: The Collected Fantasies, Vol. 1 (The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith) Paperback – September 8, 2015
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CAS's style is very dense, and reflects very careful construction of prose as well as plot. His style is as evolved as Lord Dunsany, Morris, and Tolkien, and is entertaining in it's own right. Don't let this scare you off - his stories are all eminently accessible to casual readers, and numerous wry turns of phrase indicate a well-honed (but bone dry) sense of humor.
When compared to his better-known contemporaries, H.P. Lovecraft (Cthulu) and Robert E. Howard (Conan) I find CAS to be more a "readers writer." CAS is a master of phrasing surpassing HPL - his stories are less eerie than HPL, and don't slather on the dread as heavily. CAS is (usually) less swash-buckling blood-and-gore than REH, but doesn't shrink from characters hacking each other to bits when the story requires.
The only fault I can find with this series is that stories are ordered by date of publication. (Perhaps this was required by the copyrights issued to the three Ballantine collections assembled by Lin Carter.) My preference, though less academic, would be to collect the tales by story cycle to facilitate READING rather than STUDYING. Nevertheless, these volumes are without question well worth the investment - like a collection of Poe, you will find yourself returning to them many times.
"I would give the hard cover versions of the Collected Fantasies five stars, but was very disappointed with the Kindle versions. None have a Table of Contents. There was a particular story I wanted to re-read but I couldn't remember which volume it was in. I was shocked that the Kindle versions don't list the stories at the beginning of the books. Sure, one could do a search, but try remembering the spelling of some of the proper names!"
However, the books now have a regular interactive table of contents just as Kindle books should. I am not sure if the publisher put them in and they appeared because of an auto-update or if they did not appear in my old Kindle because it was a now discontinued model. The old Kindle broke when run over so I can't check. The old Kindle did show the TOCs of other Kindle books. Anyway, I have changed my review to 5 stars and highly recommend all the Collected Fantasies volumes.
The Kindle versions are very reasonably priced and allow you to read a LOT of GREAT stories by an amazing writer.
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