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Sinbad-The New Voyages Volume 4 Paperback – November 18, 2014
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The first tale has Sinbad searching for the Golden Fleece. This immediately conjures in some readers' minds the 1960s "Jason And The Argonauts" movie. Many "Easter egg" references to similar old movies are sprinkled throughout the story - a blue rose, from some of the "Thief Of Bagdad" movies; a clockwork owl, "Clash Of The Titans" of 1981; and many more. Since this Sinbad series of books is inspired by the Ray Harryhausen movies of the 1950s-80s, the author used "Easter eggs" to pay homage to Harryhausen's and similar fantasy films of that time period. The story itself is an exciting adventure with plenty of battles against human and magical creatures.
The second story appears to be a common "rescue the princess" tale, but turns out to be very different when the princess is finally encountered. Another good action and fantasy tale, with a twist.
The third story is a weird tale that sees Sinbad and crew sailing into the world of Lovecraft's Mythos. Sinbad agrees to sail a character from these Mythos tales to a mysterious isle where some Mythos-type creatures do not like being disturbed from their "sleep". This story has a very unique plot, with the combining of a Sinbad tale with the Mythos story elements that first appeared in the old pulp, Weird Tales, from the 1920s-30s.
The last tale has Sinbad playing chess for his life with a captive woman of an evil genie. The loser must die. How can Sinbad save the life of both of them? A shorter story than the rest, especially appealing to anyone who plays chess.
I highly recommend this anthology to those who enjoyed, and may still enjoy, the Harryhausen movies of the 50s-80s and other similar movies. And also to those who enjoy sword&fantasy tales in the Arabian Nights genre.