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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking concepts and a joy to read, 24 Mar 2013
Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog "Falcata T... - See all my reviews
This review is from: Tales of Majipoor (Hardcover)
To be honest I've never really tackled a book purely by Robert, yes I've read books he's edited and yes I've read the odd short story but this was years ago when I was on an extremely limited budget so when I found this new title by Gollancz (and having remembered the name) I jumped at the chance to sit down and embark on my first full adventure with him.

What unfurls is a set of tales that are wonderfully woven around the one world. They have great characters, the prose is sharp and to be honest each tale stands alone wonderfully (even though they are interlinked.) Add to this the an author who has a clear idea about how the world would develop and has the talent to bring the reader an imaginative tale in a wonderfully direct way, all round made this a book that I had a lot of fun dipping into on my travels.

All round I loved this book, yes there was the odd story that I felt didn't work quite as well but all round they helped fill out this imaginative world and added extra layers to the historical context. Great stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A world of wonder and magic, 18 Aug 2013
Mondoro (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Tales of Majipoor (Hardcover)
Short story collections by one author are often best savoured in several sittings, but this one is an exception. One story leads into the next, and it is difficult to resist the impulse to carry on reading. Silverberg weaves his special magic throughout these tales of Majipoor, set in a vast world that has become the home to many immigrant species, often bizarre in appearance, but all living in harmony under the feudal control of a (human)dual monarchy. The exception, the Shapeshifters who were the original people of Majipoor, form a thread binding the collection together. The drift to war, and their banishment to a reservation in the first story, raises a moral issue that is only resolved in the last story, where the possibility of a reconciliation between aboriginals and immigrants begins to emerge. The other major theme is that of sorcery and magic, decried by rationalists but nevertheless a very real presence in Majipoor. In 'Dark Times at the Midnight Market' - the best story in the collection - it lures one unwary practitioner into a transaction which he lives to regret.

Some of these stories work 'better' than others, with one or two ending in an anti-climax, but Silverberg's narrative skill and sheer imagination always makes the journey a worthwhile and rewarding one.
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