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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007154364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007154364
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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Praise for the first LEGENDS volume:

‘The biggest names in contemporary fantasy have written novellas set in their most popular worlds. Fortunately, the standard matches the notion; maybe the contributors were spurred on by group rivalry’ Time Out

‘An essential buy for every fantasy fan’ SFX

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Featuring stories from writers such as George RR Martin, Raymond Feist, Robin Hobb, Terry Brooks and Anne McCaffrey. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "squiresimon" on 25 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
Since reading a couple of the really big names in fantasy (Tolkien, Robert Jordan) I have been hooked on the genre. I'm sure that like me, many people don't know quite where to go next in such (what seemed to me) a saturated genre. This book does exactly that, it gives links to some of the best autors of fantasy writing. The 11 Authors have written short stories (about 50 pages each) that give a glipse into the worlds they created. Most of the stories don't require any previous knowlege of the authors work, it really is just a chance to sell themselves.
I'm not saying every book in here is a classic - Orson Scott Card's story i found particually hard going.
My favorite stories were no doubt Robin Hobb's 'Homecoming' - A story written in the style of a Diary depicting the hardships of a group of exiles. George RR Martain's 'The Sworn Sword' was a fantastic story about 2 bickering kingdoms. I loved this sotry especially because in the course of about 70 pages I grew so fond and attatched to the characters, Dunk and Egg.
So now I have a whole list of books I can't wait to read by authors i know i'm going to love.
If your new to fantasy, or if you have read story by some of these autors, BUY THIS BOOK!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AnetteF on 20 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
Just reading through the reviews here makes it obvious just how varied the stories of Legends II are and that there is something there for everyone. That is, something both to love and to hate. Even if you only liked half the stories though, the book would still be very good value for money especially if you buy a used edition. For me, it was a very exciting book because there were several authors I either didn't know, or didn't know the series to which the short story referred.

I had never read anything by Elizabeth Haydon and have just placed an order for one of her books (update: loved it and bought all her other books as well) because the short story got me that interested in them. On the other hand, I had read the 'Memory, Sorrow and Thorn' series by Tad Williams, but never liked the sound of his 'Otherland' series which is more sci-fi than fantasy in some ways. It has now been added to my 'future purchases' list.

Diana Gabaldon's 'Cross Stich (Outlander) series was one I just could not get into but the short story I found so unusual and such a good read that I have now decided to give the Scot and his time travelling wife another chance as well as keeping an eye out for other Lord John stories (update: DG is now one of my top favourite authors and I have read and am addicted to all her books). I do agree with a previous review that maybe calling her short story 'fantasy' is a bit far fetched, but it does give you a taste of the writing capabilities of this author. (edit: hint of fantasy is probably a better label for the 'Outlander' series).

With GRRM, I loved the Hedge Knight story in Legends I and had been looking on amazon for a sequel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
THE STORY:
Eleven stories in which authors add a new tale to their famous series'. Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings. George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. Orson Scott Card's Tales of Alvin Maker. Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. Robert Silverberg's Majipoor. Tad Williams' Otherland. Anne McCaffrey's Pern. Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar. Elizabeth Haydon's Symphony of Ages. Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Terry Brooks' Shannara.
WHAT'S GOOD:
This is a good book for people wanting to branch out in the fantasy genre, as it gives a broad range of the talent and series' available to read. Hobb's 'Homecoming' is an exceptionally well written story taking you into the damp and deadly Rain River Wilds and discovering ancient ghosts. Martin, Feist and Silverberg all bring us new stories which make the best of their exceptional talents. Brooks' 'Indomitable' is effectively an epilogue to 'The Wishsong of Shannara' and, in my opinion, is better told than the novel itself. Finally, the surprise gem is Gaiman's story which involves a cult in a remote part of Scotland and blurs the line between man and monster.
WHAT'S BAD:
Most obviously, many of the first 'Legends' anthologies' authors have been replaced with what is effectively a b-list. Card's 'Yazoo Queen' seemed to be just a chance to drop in a few famous historical names, 'Beyond Between' is an awful story by McCaffrey and Diana Gabaldon's contribution, whist a good story, has no right to be in a FANTASY anthology.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark C on 20 Jun. 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If like me you bought this for George rr martin's novella 'The sworn sword' then you'll be very disappointed! The aforementioned story is not in this collection but the previous one 'The hedge knight' which I've already read is. The book was only £2.87 so I'm not too bothered but needless to say I'm going to be extra careful in future. A word in amazon's ear,misleading product reviews should be taken down.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "squiresimon" on 26 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Since reading a couple of the really big names in fantasy (Tolkien, Robert Jordan) I have been hooked on the genre. I'm sure that like me, many people don't know quite where to go next in such (what seemed to me) a saturated genre. This book does exactly that, it gives links to some of the best autors of fantasy writing. The 11 Authors have written short stories (about 50 pages each) that give a glipse into the worlds they created. Most of the stories don't require any previous knowlege of the authors work, it really is just a chance to sell themselves.
I'm not saying every book in here is a classic - Orson Scott Card's story i found particually hard going.
My favorite stories were no doubt Robin Hobb's 'Homecoming' - A story written in the style of a Diary depicting the hardships of a group of exiles. George RR Martain's 'The Sworn Sword' was a fantastic story about 2 bickering kingdoms. I loved this sotry especially because in the course of about 70 pages I grew so fond and attatched to the characters, Dunk and Egg.
So now I have a whole list of books I can't wait to read by authors i know i'm going to love.
If your new to fantasy, or if you have read story by some of these autors, BUY THIS BOOK!
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