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The Book of Silverberg Hardcover – 30 Apr 2014


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4.5 stars- Recoomended if you like Silverberg 17 May 2014
By Cissa - Published on Amazon.com
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This was overall a very solid and enjoyable anthology, with great writing. Highly appropriate for the purpose, too!

Silverberg has been writing thoughtful, clever, and insightful sf for years- longer than I've been an adult. I haven't read everything he's written- that would be amazing!- but I've read a lot, so I'm familiar with most of the "worlds" in which these stories are set.

I particularly enjoyed Connie Willis's contribution, which was less a story per se than a kind of meta-reality- which she does so well.

I also very much liked Kage Baker's story, set in Majipoor.

Rusch's, Resnik's and Kress's stories were all really solid, too- very different from each other! but thy moved well and caught my interest, and kept me up too late at night reading them.

I also liked Bucknell's story, though it had more typos than all the rest of the book combined, and I'm not sure why.

The rest? well, they were good stories, just not as much to my taste. But tastes differ, and this is an excellent anthology.

The production values were mostly good, too. The book is entirely cloth-bound under its dustjacket, and the paper is slightly heavier than usual but feels good in the hand. Physically, it's a nice book to read. The type was a bit large for my tastes, but not obnoxiously so. The copy-editing was uneven; most stories were done well, but Bucknell's had very many typos, usually the kind that cannot be corrected by auto-correct (who's instead of whose, for example).

I recommend this highly for fans of Silverberg, or for several of the authors included- you'll enjoy it.
Disappointing 17 Aug 2014
By DJL - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book a disappointment, especially as a tribute anthology for an exceptional sf author. The Kelly story was very good, but the rest of the line-up was bland or formulaic at best. Compared to the recent Shadows of the New Sun for Gene Wolfe and the terrific Songs of the Dying Earth for Vance in 2009, Silverberg deserved a stronger effort from the cast of contributors.
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