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In Celebration of Lammas Night Mass Market Paperback – 5 Feb 1996


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD; Reissue edition (5 Feb. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671877135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671877132
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,059,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jun. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a very interesting collection of stories. It's neat to see how different authors interpreted the song and provided their own little twists. To the people who say that the story is repetitive...You have no idea what you were talking about. Each story was different from the one before it; though the main points were the same (ghost, spell, Lammas night), that was the only thing that was. I found myself enjoying the stories and wondering how each author would make each one new and interesting. I especially loved Miranda and Lady of the Rock. If you find the stories repetitive, read them one at a time whenever you feel bored.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 1998
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a bunch of short stories, with a twist. Josepha Sherman took a song written by Mercedes Lackey, and has several authors use it as the basis for a short story. The result is several short stories with similar plots. But, few of the stories are actually similar. The various authors came up with some interesting plot twists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec. 1997
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This book is based upon a fascinating premise: take a poem, written by Mercedes Lackey, and use its basic outline to create a story. The basic outline remains the same: wandering female mage settles into the house of the village's former (male) mage, and finds herself courted by a phantom, who she realizes she can bring to life on Lammas Eve.The interesting thing is to see how these elements are used by the different writers to bring their characters to life. Each of the main characters is imbued by her author with a different background, abilities and vulnerabilities, just as each phantom is given different reasons and tone (save for the constant element of the floral offering found by her plate which reappears in each story).The ending varies as well, according to the authors' whim (the original poem was open ended). Is it sometimes repetitious, as cited in another review? Yes. But rarely has an anthology illustrated so well the difference an author's "voice" makes in a story. In addition to providing some interesting sci fi short stories, this collection provides readers with insight into the creative process that is fiction writing as well.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Stephenson on 30 May 2007
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None of the short stories were actually written by Mercedes Lackey herself, they are just on the theme of a poem she wrote. If there had been a proper synopsis I would not have bothered to buy it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct. 1997
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When I bought this book the synopsis sounded interesting but I would have bought it anyway since Mercedes Lackey's name was on the cover. What a disappointment. The story was good as far as it went, which was one chapter, but it just kept repeating and repeating and repeating ad nauseum. When I finished what I thought was the first chapter I was intrigued and curious to see how the story would be developed. It wasn't. After the third rewriting of the story I put the book where it belonged, in the garbage. This was an extremely disappointing story. I also expected to find more development of the significance of Lammas (August eve). I obviously do not recommend this book to anyone.
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