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Epic: Legends of Fantasy Paperback – October 5, 2012
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"The best anthology I read this year. ... I highly recommend Epic: Legends of Fantasy for all lovers of epic fantasy fiction. You will not be disappointed." -Fantasy Literature
"Ultimately, the shrewdness of Adams' choices in putting the book together comes through. ... Adams achieves a repositioning of the definition of epic fantasy, one that renders it both more accessible and more vital." -Green Man Review
At over 600 pages, Epic: Legends of Fantasy will definitely get you your money’s worth, and the seventeen stories inside will help satisfy your epic fantasy cravings, or possibly leave you wanting more.”
About the Author
John Joseph Adams, called "the reigning king of the anthology world" by Barnes & Noble, is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as OZ REIMAGINED, THE MAD SCIENTIST'S GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION, EPIC: LEGENDS OF FANTASY, OTHER WORLDS THAN THESE, ARMORED, UNDER THE MOONS OF MARS: NEW ADVENTURES ON BARSOOM, LIGHTSPEED: YEAR ONE, BRAVE NEW WORLDS, WASTELANDS, THE LIVING DEAD, THE LIVING DEAD 2, BY BLOOD WE LIVE, FEDERATIONS, THE IMPROBABLE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, and THE WAY OF THE WIZARD. He is a four-time finalist for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. He is also the editor and publisher of LIGHTSPEED and NIGHTMARE, and is the co-host of Wired.com's THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY podcast. Forthcoming anthologies include WASTELANDS 2 (Night Shade Books, 2013) and ROBOT UPRISINGS (Doubleday, 2014). Find him online at johnjosephadams.com and on Twitter @JohnJosephAdams.
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Epic: Legends of Fantasy contains an insightful foreward by Brent Weeks, and seventeen "short" stories, ranging from 10 to 100 pages in length, from some of the biggest names in modern epic fantasy. These names and their contributions are:
Robin Hobb - Homecoming
Ursula K. Le Guin - The Word of Unbinding
Tad WIlliams - The Burning Man
Aliette de Bodard - As The Wheel Turns
Paolo Bacigalupi - The Alchemist
Orson Scott Card - Sandmagic
Patrick Rothfuss - The Road to Levinshir
Brandon Sanderson - Rysn
Michael Moorcock - While the Gods Laugh
Melanie Rawn - Mother of All Russia
Kate Elliott - Riding the Shore of the River of Death
Mary Robinette Kowal - Bound Man
N. K. Jemisin - The Narcomancer
Carrie Vaughn - Strife Lingers in Memory
Trudi Canavan - The Mad Apprentice
Juliet Marillier - Otherling
George R. R. Martin - The Mystery Knight
If you are looking through this list and thinking that some of these stories sound familiar, then you would be right. This collection is made up entirely of reprinted stories, most being from this decade, but some going back as far as the 60's (Moorcock and Le Guin). Other stories are lifted directly from the novel (Rysn by Sanderson is an interlude from The Way of Kings, while The Road to Levinshir by Rothfuss is the version that appeared in The Wise Man's Fear, not the version that appeared in Writers of the Future). Some of these stories are set in the same universes created by these authors, and some are just great stories in no way connected to any other works the authors have produced. The result is a fantastic mix of new and old, familiar and unfamiliar, but all falling under that overarching title of epic fantasy.
Homecoming by Robin Hobb is an excellent start to this anthology and one of my favourite stories. The story is set in the Rain Wilds and is a story of survival as told through the pages of a diary. I was very disappointed with the offerings from Le Guin, Williams, and Elliott - these stories are not great stories, and are not a reflection of how good these writers actually are. I was disappointed in the offerings from Sanderson and Rothfuss, not because they were bad but because they were lifted directly from their novels - they are great samples of how good these guys can write, but as stories they struggle to stand alone from the main novel. Card, Moorcock, Rawn, Vaughn and Marillier all submitted solid, entertaining stories that also showcase their writing ability, and the anthology closes with the very classy The Mystery Knight by George R. R. Martin - the third tale from his Dunk and Egg series (set 89 years before the events of A Game of Thrones).
There were some stories in this anthology that stand out far above the rest of the pack. Aliette de Bodard is the only author in this anthology I had never heard of before, but her story As The Wheel Turns is a brilliant retelling of a Taoist legend and has really made me interested in finding more of her work. The Narcomancer by N. K. Jemisin and Bound Man by Mary Robinette Kowal are equally brilliant in developing such rich characters in a small space of time and really making you feel for them before shoving them straight into the meat grinder, turning the handle, and seeing what comes out. But the stand out story in this anthology is The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi, a highly acclaimed novella about a young man trying to develop a machine to fight the deadly poisonous bramble that is slowly taking over his world and grows bigger every time someone uses magic.
Epic: Legends of Fantasy is an anthology that would fit nicely upon the shelf of any fantasy reader. John Joseph Adams should definitely be congratulated for managing to get the rights to all of these fantastic stories. If you haven't read some or any of these authors before, then this anthology (with the exception of Le Guin, Williams and Elliott) will definitely help you to decide whether or not you should pick up other works by these authors.
I am a big fan of fantasy short story collections. When this one popped up on my radar I figured it would make an excellent addition to the Tanglewood library and placed it on the Short List for ordering.
It's definitely mixed. There are some excellent stories in here ("The Alchemist" has a wonderfully different take on magic and "Sandmagic" is a fine tale of revenge) and some that frankly just didn't make much sense to me ("The Word of Unbinding"). Most fell somewhere in the middle for me--moderately enjoyable as I read them, but more-or-less forgettable as I began the next story. I only skipped a couple and in looking at those as I write this I do note those are from authors I've not enjoyed much in the past, so perhaps it's just a writing style thing.
Of course that's the point of a collection like this, and your mileage may vary. Not a bad collection, just not what I would call "epic".
The contents is as follows:
Foreword by Brent Weeks
“Homecoming” by Robin Hobb
“The Word of Unbinding” by Ursula K. Le Guin
“The Burning Man” by Tad Williams
“As the Wheel Turns” by Aliette de Bodard
“The Alchemist” by Paolo Bacigalupi
“Sandmagic” by Orson Scott Card
“The Road to Levinshir” by Patrick Rothfuss
“Rysn” by Brandon Sanderson
“While the Gods Laugh” by Michael Moorcock
“Mother of All Russiya” by Melanie Rawn
“Riding the Shore of the River of Death” by Kate Elliott
“The Bound Man” by Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Narcomancer” by N. K. Jemisin
“Strife Lingers in Memory” by Carrie Vaughn
“The Mad Apprentice” by Trudi Canavan
“Otherling” by Juliet Marillier
“The Mystery Knight” by George R. R. Martin
This anthology is worthwhile despite the inclusion of previously published work, because you’d be hard pressed to find a reader who’s read all work by all authors included. For example, one of the pieces was first published back in 1961. However, I wish it had been made more apparent, as I wasn’t aware some sections are simply chapters taken from novels, such as Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Rysn’.
The pieces are longer than the usual short story, which gives the chance to really submerge yourself in the world completely. The only bad thing is that it’ll mean you basically have to buy the books and probably the series that the pieces have been taken from, so make sure you have a spare few weeks and money ready and waiting.