"I fear books; for I have heard it said, and I think it true, that a man who spends long enough in their company grows at last unmindful of the world outside their covers, and lives finally in a twilight world of fantastic things and places as insubstantial as dreams."
For those of you who do not fear books, and wish for nothing more than to get lost inside their covers...I heartily recommend this one. Here are fantastic worlds, brought to life by a great and talented writer. These are stories of dream-stuff - dragons, ghosts, demons, and monks that long to fly. Here, the printed word can kill, and librarians are pegged for assassination.
- An elderly couple discovers that playing with Death's newfangled, handheld device can have serious ramifications.
- Earth must take part in The Galactivision Song Contest or be blasted to smithereens.
- A Prehistoric scientist must struggle to save her Tribe, and adapt to new technology...all while hatching an egg.
- Mild-mannered computer programmer Arthur Lewis gets to switch places with his fictional creation, Artor Lu-Wis, the sword-wielding dispossessed ruler of the exotic city of Kroy-Don...
'Where are you from, friend? Your clothes are very odd.' He leaned forward, looking interested. 'You aren't by any chance from the fabled land of Brum, where the taverns reek with the decadent odours of drug-laden cookery, and the women are notorious for their complete lack of morals and underclothing?'
'No, I'm not,' said Arthur sadly. 'I live in a block of flats in Harlow, just behind the bottlebank.'
Sounds somewhat Pratchettesque, doesn't it?
You'll find plenty of oddball characters and wonderful adventures in this collection of imaginative stories.