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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
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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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".