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The Flying Sorcerers: More Comic Tales of Fantasy Paperback – 4 Feb 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (4 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857237250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857237252
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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* Including a story by Terry Pratchett, a second collection of comic fantasy tales from the

editor of WIZARDS OF ODD.

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One of the best ways to get acquainted with new authors is to read anthologies. It may seem illogical to thnk a good short story might indicate an ability to write good longer stories, but I have found that this is generally the case. That said there are few authors in this book I am not acquainted with, in both short and long form; however, that did not dissuade me from buying it. I am glad that I did; you will find many gems in this book, amusing, often; thought provoking, certainly; entertaining, definitely. People for whom many of the authors are unknown will find plenty of reasons to search out the long form of their works after reading these stories. At the end of the day that is one of the best reasons for buying this type of book. For those only buying it for Terry Pratchett, shame on you, there are morre authors of merit in the world, give some of them a chance.
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A nice collection of stories: a varied and interesting cross section of sci-fi authors including of course the venerable Arthur C Clarke, a far more important sci-fi writer than Terry pratchett as he would himself be sure to concur upon. Pratchett is my favourite author but he's hardly as groundbreaking and scientifically interesting as Clarke, because pratchett isn't a sci-fi writer!
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.
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Excellent value for money as the book has stories by C.S Lewis, and other great sci fi writers
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A good read, though now I'll have to buy the first in this series and a few Piers Anthony novels to while away the wee small hours...
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This book led me to discover Vonnegut, Lovecraft, P.G. Wodehouse and Angela Carter. If you know these authors then you will know how valuable and varied they are! If not I would advise you to seek them out post haste.

An excellent collection of beautiful and bizzare stories. A mixture of fantasy, science fiction and even a little horror. Enjoy!
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A varied mix of excellent shorts - a good taster of different writers' styles. Have a break, make a coffee, sit back and read a complete story as you drink. an excellent way to break the day!
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Firstly a warning to all Terry Pratchett fans. Unless you are so deciated to having everything written by Pratchett do not buy this book. The cover and author tilte would lead you to believe thath this is of the Discworld series. Be warned it is not. The compilation of short humourous short stories leaves a lot to be desired. Fantasy there certainly is but humour is in short supply. In fairness I am not sure if this is because most of the selcted authors are American or have been based there for too many years. It could also be that the selected story tellers have written these stories in the first half of the 20th century when humour was vastly different from today. It is my opinion it is a combination of both. I only got a handful of chuckles out of this book but some of the stories were worth reading even without the humour. Ultimately my advice would be to give this a miss.
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First of all, this book is very hard to mistake for a Terry Pratchett book, as the cover kind of gives things away... and if you do buy this book, then you will be greatly entertained. Some of the stories (and only some) are not actually funny, but the rest are, and often very clever, especially "Specialist", one of the sci-fi stories...
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