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Time and the Gods Six Story Anthology (Featuring A Dreamer's Tales, The Gods of Pegana, Time and the Gods, The Book of Wonder, The Sword of Welleran and The Last Book of Wonder) [Paperback]

Lord Dunsany
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16 Mar 2000 Millennium Fantasy Masterworks

Of all the weavers of magic, there is none like Lord Dunsany. During his long lifetime - he died at the age of eighty ¿ he wrote more than sixty books: novels like The King of Elfland's Daughter, plays, poetry collections, memoirs, essays and, most memorably, innumerable exotic and fantastical short stories.

In this definitive new collection are the very best of Dunsany's extraordinarily evocative and joyous tales of Faerie, of dreamworlds and of magic: some of the loveliest fantasies in the English language, including the complete contents of Time and the Gods, The Book of Wonder, The Sword of Welleran and The Last Book of Wonder.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (16 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857989899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857989892
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Time and the Gods collects in one volume the short stories of Lord Dunsany, some of the most influential fantasies ever written, affecting. Among others, the works of James Branc Cabell, HP Lovecraft, Fritz Leiber, Michael Swanwick and Jack Vance. In these stories we find out what lies beyond the edge of the world and what happened to the jeweller Thangobrind there; champions return from beyond the grave to save a city lost in its dreams and a young warrior goes up against the sorcerer who inhabits the Fortress Unvanquishable Save for the sword Sacnoth. Dunsany's stories have the jewelled perfection of dreams and the sly malicious wit of after dinner conversation; his surreal imagination is as capable of sending a pirate ship trekking across the Sahara as it is of having a man sell his soul for three deadly jokes. These are stories in which time is the enemy and the gods as much victims of it as humanity, in which the tragedy of dreamers is that eventually they must wake. This is a definitive collection of work which has been unavailable for many years; it is one of the essential books in any fantasy collection. --Roz Kaveney

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Lord Dunsany is one of those writers who genuinely deserves the description "master of his art". Without a shadow of a doubt, he was one of the great workers in the field of the fantastic, as shown by the praises heaped on his work by fellow authors ever since (from W. B. Yeats, Lovecraft and Arthur C. Clarke to Dave Duncan, Neil Gaiman, David Drake etc. today). Yeats, who knew him - his home was at 12th century Dunsany Castle in Meath, Ireland, - even published a Dunsany collection ! Many have been inspired by him but none have ever matched his unique style - his use of language is wonderful. In his day, the 18th Baron of Dunsany was prolific (short stories, novels, plays, essays, poetry, autobiography ...) and popular but with the vagaries of publishing, has often been hard to find in recent times. Today, however, several of his works are freshly in print.
This volume, which collects six of the outstanding early books of Dunsany short stories, is a treasure (the only pity is that a hardback version isn't available for the long term, because this is a real keeper). The stories are beautifully written, the imagery wonderful; there are truly amazing scenes, awe-inspiring, mythical, humourous or just plain bizarre. In "The Gods of Pegana" is one of the tiny number of successful artificial mythologies, which leads into "Time and the Gods". "The Sword of Welleran" is another great selection, including the story of the title, "The Fall of Babbulkund" and the first class "The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save For Sacnoth".
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I would encourage you to read this book if you like fantasy at all. These stories are not to everyone's taste but for me they conjure up such a wistful loveliness or such an exotic richness of locations and strange dooms that I could not forgive myself if I did not draw them to your attention. Buy this book and prepare to be astounded.
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Lord Dunsany was a great writer, with a wonderful style; his books breath atmosp here and magic. He was very successful in the earlier half of the century and wrote highly-rated short stories, novels (including the classic "The King of Elfland's Daughter"), plays and essays, but has been often out of print since (though reprints have sold well). This is a chance to read much of his famous short story work, which was originally released as SIX outstanding collections. The book includes the first Dunsany book, "The Gods of Pegana" (1905), one of the few successful imaginary world building myths, "Time and the Gods" and "The Sword of Welleran" with brilliant earlier works, and a whole range of outstanding later short fiction. These are stories you can read again and again; it is no surprise that Lord Dunsany has pointed the way for many leading writers since, as testimonials on the books show clearly. If you like mythology, fantasy or just well-written, stylish stories,try this, and give a copy to a friend too ! Luckily, several other books by Lord Dunsany are also in print at this time, such as "The Charwoman's Shadow" and "The King of Elfland's Daughter". Don't miss out !
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Do you enjoy the old myths and legends ? Do you appreciate good fantasy (and not the mass-produced commercial stuff or the bad Tolkien-wannabes) ? Do real writing style, imagination, atmosphere, originality, sheer skill in short fiction work for you ? If so, try this book.
Here are six full volumes of Dunsany's much-admired short stories of wonder. From one of the few successful artificial mythological cycles ever composed to many later pieces blending our world with elsewhere, most are outstanding. Lord Dunsany was a great author of stories, novels, plays (with six on Broadway at the same time once), essays and poems, a supporter of the arts (he knew W.B. Yeats, who produced a Selected Dunsany at his own publishing house and helped the poet Francis Ledwidge) and the 18th in a line of Anglo-Irish noblemen, with a 12th Century castle in Meath, Ireland.
The book is not perfect - there is no proper biography, the list of works is incomplete, only a small selection of the many writer comments available are present and, sadly, it is only available in paperback (though a hardback was announced last year) but these do not affect the meat - this is still one to keep. Oh, one other thing to watch - the volumes are out of order (The Gods of Pegana, which should come first, is left til last). Buy one for yourself and consider friends, libraries etc. Then look around for more, starting with the reprinted novels "The King of Elfland's Daughter" and "The Charwoman's Shadow"... And watch out for the pale imitators !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of dreams here... 12 Feb 2002
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The least one can say about Lord Dunsany is that he was the founder of fantasy literature. The prose is a golden rhapsody of wonder and delight. The stories in this book formed some of the best hours of my youth. They brought me to exotic cities and lands of intoxicating beauty and strangeness, over cerulean seas to magnificent harbours and through deserts and beyond sunsets.
It's odd that the greatest Dunsanian story ever is Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, which was not even written by Dunsany at all, but by an imitator of his, H.P.Lovecraft. Needless to say you won't find that story in this book. You won't find "Tales of Three Hemispheres" here, either, which is a pity. Buy it just the same.
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