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Fantasy For Good: A Charitable Anthology Paperback – December 9, 2014
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The stories are divided into several categories: Sword & Sorcery; Fairy Tales; The Paranormal; Urban Fantasy; and Weird Fantasy... though the differences are sometimes hard to tell, and most of the stories could have fit into several of the above categories. The categories do give one an idea of the wide range of "fantasy" covered!
I liked that range, and I liked that almost all of the stories had a strong narrative rather than heading in the oblique direction. The only real exception to this was "The Grenade Garden" by Moorcock: a series of vignettes with overlapping characters but little context.
It was nice, too, to have most of the stories well copy-edited; unfortunately, this is becoming less and less the norm. There were 2 exceptions: Todd McCaffrey, in "Golden", consistently referred to his dragons' pile of loot as their "horde". I think a horde would be squirmy to sleep on! And it was difficult to figure out what was going on in Savile's "Time's Mistress" when he regularly called the protagonist's nemesis by the protagonist's name. I guess it was too hard to keep two 4-letter names that both began with an S distinct? The story wasn't bad, but this confusion made it hard to follow a fairly complex plot.
For the most part, though, the stories ranged from good to excellent, and had a lot of variety. Recommended.