The Flying Sorcerers: More Comic Tales of Fantasy Paperback – 4 Feb 1999
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Fantasy fiction has a long and honourable history of parodying its own traditions and, in The Flying Sorcerers, Peter Haining has collected a wide range of comic fiction from the genres of fantasy, horror, and sf. The 24 stories span the century, from P.G. Wodehouse's hilarious "A Slice of Life", about the inventor Wilfred Mulliner and the dastardly baronet Sir Jasper ffinch-ffarrowmere, through the likes of C S Lewis, Kurt Vonnegut Jr and Mervyn Peake to stories by more recent favourites such as Roald Dahl and, of course, Terry Pratchett, whose story "Turntables of the Night", featuring DEATH, opens the collection.
The stories range from Michael Moorcock's hilarious spoof of heroic fantasy, "The Stone Thing", to more considered twists on conventional themes, as in Angela Carter's story of a reluctant vampire, "The Lady of the House of Love". Arthur C. Clarke even manages to find humour in the end of the world, with the closing story: "No Morning After".
Haining introduces each story with a brief but informative biography of its writer so, if you like the stories here, you will be able to find more by the same authors. This makes the collection an excellent introduction to the wide range of comic fantasy and sf writing produced this century. -- Elizabeth Sourbut
* Including a story by Terry Pratchett, a second collection of comic fantasy tales from the
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I am stunned by the apparently oblique nature of this books title and cover, I managed to read all the information presented there without creating any erroneous opinions in my head, nor did I fail to realise this was not a discworld book due to the cunning use of words and phrases such as `collection of stories` and `different authors` on the jacket. As far as the book is concerned it is a good example of how careful selection from good sources can result in a good anthology. As far as some other readers are concerned, I would suggest either installing small speakers into all books from now on so vital messages not detectable by average eyesight can be guaranteed to reach potential buyers, or denying certain people the privilege of reading books and supplying them instead with adequate eyewear.
An excellent collection of beautiful and bizzare stories. A mixture of fantasy, science fiction and even a little horror. Enjoy!
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Fantastic! Loads of great authors i didn't know about and brilliant little stories. Loved itPublished 18 months ago by heather whitaker
I bought this book on the strength of expectations raised by the Amazon sales pitch. The first disappointment was that this is a volume of short stories only the first being by... Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2010 by Maisie M
Unfortunately the short stories in this collection are not good. The editor seems to think they are humorous, but I found nothing to smile at. The writing was uniformly poor. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2010 by redbaron