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Epic: Legends of Fantasy

Epic: Legends of Fantasy [Kindle Edition]

John Joseph Adams , George R R Martin , Patrick Rothfuss , Robin Hobb , Paolo Bacigalupi
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""Epic: Legends of Fantasy" is both wonderful PR for the genre and a gateway drug to whole new realms."

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From the creation myths and quest sagas of ancient times to the megapopular fantasy novels of today, this quintessential anthology of epic fantasy is adventurous storytelling at its best. With rich and vibrant world building, readers are transported to antiquated realms to witness noble sacrifices and astonishing wonders. Gathering a comprehensive survey of beloved stories from the genre, this compilation includes stories by such luminaries as George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robin Hobb, and Tad Williams. Inspiring and larger-than-life, these tales offer timeless values of courage and friendship in the face of ultimate evil and express mankind’s greatest hopes and fears.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1503 KB
  • Print Length: 625 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1616960841
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications (1 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QTFX3K
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable collection 8 Jan 2014
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I bought this book as a way of finding some new authors to pursue.

In that respect it met the objective.

However, none of the stories really grabbed me, although I enjoyed reading them; hence the 3 star rating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Living up to a name 3 Dec 2013
By Robin
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This book certainly is Epic, a fantastic mix of authors with a wide range of story styles and depth.
Ideal for those looking to find new material to read or already into the genre and looking for that book to take on holiday that you can pick and put down easily.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent anthology for every fantasy fan's bookshelf 13 Feb 2013
By Ryan - Published on
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We all love our epic fantasy. Hundreds of pages, hundreds of thousands of words, multi-volume series. Epic: Legends of Fantasy was put together by acclaimed anthology editor John Joseph Adams, and is his attempt to try and capture as many facets of epic fantasy as possible. This is the biggest anthology I have ever read, almost twice the size of any other anthologies I read, and I think it is also one of the best epic fantasy anthologies I have ever read.

Epic: Legends of Fantasy contains an insightful foreward by Brent Weeks, and seventeen "short" stories, ranging from 10 to 100 pages in length, from some of the biggest names in modern epic fantasy. These names and their contributions are:

Robin Hobb - Homecoming
Ursula K. Le Guin - The Word of Unbinding
Tad WIlliams - The Burning Man
Aliette de Bodard - As The Wheel Turns
Paolo Bacigalupi - The Alchemist
Orson Scott Card - Sandmagic
Patrick Rothfuss - The Road to Levinshir
Brandon Sanderson - Rysn
Michael Moorcock - While the Gods Laugh
Melanie Rawn - Mother of All Russia
Kate Elliott - Riding the Shore of the River of Death
Mary Robinette Kowal - Bound Man
N. K. Jemisin - The Narcomancer
Carrie Vaughn - Strife Lingers in Memory
Trudi Canavan - The Mad Apprentice
Juliet Marillier - Otherling
George R. R. Martin - The Mystery Knight

If you are looking through this list and thinking that some of these stories sound familiar, then you would be right. This collection is made up entirely of reprinted stories, most being from this decade, but some going back as far as the 60's (Moorcock and Le Guin). Other stories are lifted directly from the novel (Rysn by Sanderson is an interlude from The Way of Kings, while The Road to Levinshir by Rothfuss is the version that appeared in The Wise Man's Fear, not the version that appeared in Writers of the Future). Some of these stories are set in the same universes created by these authors, and some are just great stories in no way connected to any other works the authors have produced. The result is a fantastic mix of new and old, familiar and unfamiliar, but all falling under that overarching title of epic fantasy.

Homecoming by Robin Hobb is an excellent start to this anthology and one of my favourite stories. The story is set in the Rain Wilds and is a story of survival as told through the pages of a diary. I was very disappointed with the offerings from Le Guin, Williams, and Elliott - these stories are not great stories, and are not a reflection of how good these writers actually are. I was disappointed in the offerings from Sanderson and Rothfuss, not because they were bad but because they were lifted directly from their novels - they are great samples of how good these guys can write, but as stories they struggle to stand alone from the main novel. Card, Moorcock, Rawn, Vaughn and Marillier all submitted solid, entertaining stories that also showcase their writing ability, and the anthology closes with the very classy The Mystery Knight by George R. R. Martin - the third tale from his Dunk and Egg series (set 89 years before the events of A Game of Thrones).

There were some stories in this anthology that stand out far above the rest of the pack. Aliette de Bodard is the only author in this anthology I had never heard of before, but her story As The Wheel Turns is a brilliant retelling of a Taoist legend and has really made me interested in finding more of her work. The Narcomancer by N. K. Jemisin and Bound Man by Mary Robinette Kowal are equally brilliant in developing such rich characters in a small space of time and really making you feel for them before shoving them straight into the meat grinder, turning the handle, and seeing what comes out. But the stand out story in this anthology is The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi, a highly acclaimed novella about a young man trying to develop a machine to fight the deadly poisonous bramble that is slowly taking over his world and grows bigger every time someone uses magic.

Epic: Legends of Fantasy is an anthology that would fit nicely upon the shelf of any fantasy reader. John Joseph Adams should definitely be congratulated for managing to get the rights to all of these fantastic stories. If you haven't read some or any of these authors before, then this anthology (with the exception of Le Guin, Williams and Elliott) will definitely help you to decide whether or not you should pick up other works by these authors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Mixed Collection 26 April 2013
By Steven Woodcock - Published on
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Let's be clear from the start--I really *wanted* to like this collection a lot.

I am a big fan of fantasy short story collections. When this one popped up on my radar I figured it would make an excellent addition to the Tanglewood library and placed it on the Short List for ordering.

It's definitely mixed. There are some excellent stories in here ("The Alchemist" has a wonderfully different take on magic and "Sandmagic" is a fine tale of revenge) and some that frankly just didn't make much sense to me ("The Word of Unbinding"). Most fell somewhere in the middle for me--moderately enjoyable as I read them, but more-or-less forgettable as I began the next story. I only skipped a couple and in looking at those as I write this I do note those are from authors I've not enjoyed much in the past, so perhaps it's just a writing style thing.

Of course that's the point of a collection like this, and your mileage may vary. Not a bad collection, just not what I would call "epic".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Stories Are Better Than Others 3 Jan 2013
By Night Owl Reviews - Published on
I love fantasy books. J.R.R. Tolkien and George R R Martin are two of my favorite authors ever. So when I heard George was going to be writing one of the stories in this anthology I jumped on the chance to review it right away.

Like any anthology there are some stories in this book I liked better than others, but over all this was an amazing book.

My only problem with this book was that only half of the stories could stand-alone.

Review by: Aquaflame64 / © Night Owl Reviews / Full Review on NOR Website

We received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Really quite good 27 Jun 2014
By Miss Stubbs - Published on
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‘Epic: Legends of Fantasy’ is an anthology edited together by John Joseph Adams featuring work that’s mostly previously published from many famous authors, and yet still a nice collection whether you’ve read it all before already or not.

The contents is as follows:

Foreword by Brent Weeks
“Homecoming” by Robin Hobb
“The Word of Unbinding” by Ursula K. Le Guin
“The Burning Man” by Tad Williams
“As the Wheel Turns” by Aliette de Bodard
“The Alchemist” by Paolo Bacigalupi
“Sandmagic” by Orson Scott Card
“The Road to Levinshir” by Patrick Rothfuss
“Rysn” by Brandon Sanderson
“While the Gods Laugh” by Michael Moorcock
“Mother of All Russiya” by Melanie Rawn
“Riding the Shore of the River of Death” by Kate Elliott
“The Bound Man” by Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Narcomancer” by N. K. Jemisin
“Strife Lingers in Memory” by Carrie Vaughn
“The Mad Apprentice” by Trudi Canavan
“Otherling” by Juliet Marillier
“The Mystery Knight” by George R. R. Martin

This anthology is worthwhile despite the inclusion of previously published work, because you’d be hard pressed to find a reader who’s read all work by all authors included. For example, one of the pieces was first published back in 1961. However, I wish it had been made more apparent, as I wasn’t aware some sections are simply chapters taken from novels, such as Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Rysn’.

The pieces are longer than the usual short story, which gives the chance to really submerge yourself in the world completely. The only bad thing is that it’ll mean you basically have to buy the books and probably the series that the pieces have been taken from, so make sure you have a spare few weeks and money ready and waiting.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine fantasy collection 23 Mar 2014
By Claudia E Black Kalinsky - Published on
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Great collection. Some new authors for me. I like the number of female heroines too. Looking forward to reading some of their lives her fiction.
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