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Unfettered by [Brooks, Terry, Jordan, Robert, Sanderson, Brandon , Rothfuss, Patrick , Carey, Jacqueline, Novik, Naomi, Salvatore, R.A., Brett, Peter V., Lawrence, Mark, David Anthony Durham]
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About the Author

Shawn Speakman grew up in the beautiful wilds of Washington State near Mt. St. Helens. After moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, he befriended New York Times bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks and became his webmaster. Under Terry's tutelage, Shawn completed his writing certificate at the prestigious Maui Writers Conference before finishing his contemporary fantasy novel―The Dark Thorn. He was a manager at one of the largest Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the country for many years but now owns the online bookstore The Signed Page, manages the websites for authors Naomi Novik and David Anthony Durham, and freelance writes for Random House at Suvudu. Shawn is a cancer survivor, loves dark beer, and currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2610 KB
  • Print Length: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Grim Oak Press (June 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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(Originally posted on The ArchedDoorway)

Normally in my reviews I'll take a step back, and try to remove all bias. They're formulaic: a description, the good, the bad, something else good, a general summary, and the release date of the novel, or the sequel, if there is one. That's not something I did here. Be warned, this is a long one.

Unfettered is a fantasy anthology, containing stories from many of the biggest names in fantasy out there right now. It's a wonderful amalgamation of talent, put together by and for the editor, Shawn Speakman. The anthology was put together in order to help Speakman's medical debt after a fight with cancer back in 2011. The stories in this anthology are exactly what the title says -- unfettered. They're all unique; some take place in familiar worlds, while others are a step away into a different fancy of the authors.

I've met a bunch of the authors in the anthology, and for many of those I haven't yet had a chance to meet, I've read their books, talked to them online, or heard things about them... and it's one thing to know them and to think of them as being good people, but it's another entirely, to realize just how caring, and how close the SF/Fantasy community is. If anything can show it, it's this anthology -- the 20 or so authors coming together to support one of their own in a time of need. It really is amazing, and it made this anthology all that much better. To me, it kind of served as an affirmation of the good that is out there.

I wasn't entirely sure how to write this review -- so, I've decided I will start at the beginning, and just have a few sentences for each of the stories. For some of them, I could write full reviews on, but I think it will be best this way.
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When I first heard of the book, and saw the author list, I immediately put it in my 'must buy' list. What intrigued me was the whole concept behind the book- that the writers would be able to contribute stories that have no specific theme, which isn't very common in an anthology. I think that it led to some more quality work than might have otherwise been submitted. I especially like the brief intro supplied by each author explaining the story's origins, because I like the behind-the-scenes feel that it gives to the book.

The stories are very well written, and many of them serve as an introduction to some of the other worlds that these authors have created. I will be purchasing more books by these authors soon, and will be happily filling my Kindle to bursting.

One story in particular stands out to me- How Old Holly Came To Be by Patrick Rothfuss. It's set in the same world as his Kingkiller Chronicles, but without any of the characters from that series. It would work well as a song or poem (perhaps sung by Kvothe?) within one of the books; it has a very nice rhythm to it. But I think that people who are looking for a more traditional story to help fill the void between the books might be disappointed. So Rothfuss fans should be aware that this story is not one of his usual pieces, but it's a good read nonetheless.

By far the best thing about the this book is the reason behind its publication. When the editor/contributor Shawn Speakman was diagnosed with lymphoma, he had no medical insurance.
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Shawn Speakman delivers a powerful and wonderful anthology. This is a must read for any fantasy fan. Go now and get yourself a copy. This is the TLDR ( too long didn't read) version of the review.

Now for those interested in the why's and why not's then reader further.

Imaginary Friends - Terry Brooks
A master of fantasy writing, Terry Brooks gives us this wonderful story of magic in the real world. Told through the eyes of a child that experiences a fantastic world of elves and dragons. Do you ever remember recreating fantastic worlds when you were a kid? But what happens when those imaginary worlds are actually right there in your neighborhood, just hidden from the grown ups but accessible to you? This is the setting of this wonderful story. It transported me back to my childhood and I truly enjoyed the ride.

How old Holly Came To Be - Patrick Rothfuss
A chant or rhythmic prose that reads like a poem by Patrick Rothfuss. Although this type of writing has never been my cup of tea, the underlying story is one of wonderment, love, good and evil but ultimately of beauty. Definitely a different side I have not seen from Patrick Rothfuss. Completely different from his highly successful series and books, The Name of the Wind and Wiseman's Fears

The Old Scale Game - Tad Williams
Funny! Highly entertaining. Tad Williams writes a great story about a Knight and a Dragon in cahoots to scam people out of their money. Reminiscent of the movie Dragonheart but what happens when other fairy creatures figure out what these 2 are pulling off? Then things get quite interesting and funnier. Brilliant!
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