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Product details

  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 01 edition (1 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345537262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345537263
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Not a single bad story in the bunch . . . The table of contents alone will make fans from all genre aisles salivate."--"Library Journal"

Not a single bad story in the bunch . . . The table of contents alone will make fans from all genre aisles salivate. "Library Journal""

About the Author

George R. R. Martin is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire "A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, "and" A Dance with Dragons" as well as "Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven" (with Lisa Tuttle), " "and" Dreamsongs Volumes I "and" II." He is also the creator of "The Lands of Ice and Fire, " a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts. As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on "The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, "and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Gardner Dozois has won fifteen Hugo Awards and thirty-two Locus Awards for his editing work, plus two Nebula Awards for his own writing. He was the editor of "Asimov s Science Fiction" for twenty years, and is the author or editor of more than a hundred books, including many volumes of"The Year s Best Science Fiction.""


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Began reading S/F 9 years of age still do at 75 years of age. First books,were anthologies; met many a fine writer and many crappy ones; at 9 devoured them all. Seldom read short stories now but 'Rogues' brought back all that pleasure and most of the enthrallment. Glad I came across it .Before I am corrected my purchases then were from second hand bookshops who did not have 'Fantasy' section, mostly what I bought, for pence, were jumbled up on a table labelled Science Fiction even Sci/Fi came a lot later. Had to hide them from my Mum who deemed them worse than comics but I saved on bus fares by walking miles to get those pennies.
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Very useful for newcomers to this type of genre, gives a good flavour of what is available and perhaps pursue writers never heard of or may have done but discarded. Enjoyed the stories but advise it as a dip and pick read as reading all at once can bring on eating a whole box of chocolates at once feeling, overwhelmed!
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‘Rogues’ is a new anthology signed by editors George R.R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois that consists of 21 stories though majority of readers will be most probable attracted with new ‘A Game of Thrones’ story written by Martin himself.

Inside its covers reader can find following stories:
George R.R. Martin - Everybody Loves a Rogue (Introduction)
Joe Abercrombie - Tough Times All Over
Gillian Flynn - What Do You Do?
Matthew Hughes - The Inn of the Seven Blessings
Joe R. Lansdale - Bent Twig
Michael Swanwick - Tawny Petticoats
David W. Ball - Provenance
Carrie Vaughn - The Roaring Twenties
Scott Lynch - A Year and a Day in Old Theradane
Bradley Denton - Bad Brass
Cherie Priest - Heavy Metal
Daniel Abraham - The Meaning of Love
Paul Cornell - A Better Way to Die
Steven Saylor - Ill Seen in Tyre
Garth Nix - A Cargo of Ivories
Walter Jon Williams - Diamonds From Tequila
Phyllis Eisenstein - The Caravan to Nowhere
Lisa Tuttle - The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives
Neil Gaiman - How the Marquis Got His Coat Back
Connie Willis - Now Showing
Patrick Rothfuss - The Lightning Tree

As is the usual case with story collection edited by Martin this one also doesn’t disappoint with its length – more than 800 pages of well-made text that doesn’t share genre or theme, from fantasy to thriller fans inside you’ll be able to find something for you, only loosely united by the motive of rogue leading character.

Speaking about the quality, as it’s always the case with the anthologies, stories are not always easy to compare because it depends on question of personal liking and intention, why on the first place you bought it.
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Twenty One short stories from a range of authors, mostly fantasy but some contemporary stuff too:

Joe Abercrombie - Tough Times All Over
Gillian Flynn - What Do You Do?
Matthew Hughes - The Inn of the Seven Blessings
Joe R. Lansdale - Bent Twig
Michael Swanwick - Tawny Petticoats
David W. Ball - Provenance
Carrie Vaughn - The Roaring Twenties
Scott Lynch - A Year and a Day in Old Theradane
Bradley Denton - Bad Brass
Cherie Priest - Heavy Metal
Daniel Abraham - The Meaning of Love
Paul Cornell - A Better Way to Die
Steven Saylor - Ill Seen in Tyre
Garth Nix - A Cargo of Ivories
Walter Jon Williams - Diamonds From Tequila
Phyllis Eisenstein - The Caravan to Nowhere
Lisa Tuttle - The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives
Neil Gaiman - How the Marquis Got His Coat Back
Connie Willis - Now Showing
Patrick Rothfuss - The Lightning Tree
George R. R. Martin - "The Rogue Prince, or, the King's Brother"

This is like most anthologies, it is a mixed bag, there were some here I really enjoyed and some I wasn't overly fussed with. Be wrong of me to go into too much detail because I suspect everyone will have different tastes and preferences, but I do suspect that most people will find it mixed. Highlights for me were discovering some new authors to investigate (Michael Swanwick. Phyllis Eisenstein) and some high quality output from Scott Lynch and Neil Gaiman and Patrick Rothfuss. As a big fan of Joe Abercrombie I was slightly underwhelmed with his contribution (maybe because it was not as dark as his usual output).

So, overall a mixed bag, not as good as it should have been given the stature of the authors here but still plenty here to enjoy.
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Given the respective genres the editors write in, I assumed that Rogues, a fat collection of short stories edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, would be a mix of fantasy and SF stories, but in fact the 21 stories (mostly fairly long, in the 30-50 page range) are predominantly fantasy with a couple of crime stories and only one solidly science fiction piece.

All but a couple of the stories are good, but I was surprised to find that the ones that captivated me most were the 'straight' stories, particularly a highly entertaining tale by Bradley Denton involving the theft of a high school sousaphone and a dodgy teacher's attempts to muscle in on the action. As is the case with all the stories, the main character is something of a rogue - but also like most of them, a likeable one.

Although I'm not a great fan of swords and sorcery fantasy books, I found the short stories (which are mostly in this style), perhaps because of the tongue-in-cheek rogue main characters, highly entertaining, and in a couple of cases I noted down an author for further reading. I'm wondering if this sampler effect is why the book is such amazingly good value - a 900+ page paperback for just £2. Whatever the reason it's a great read.

Interestingly, of the three big names in the book, only one came across well - this was Gillian Flynn, whose books I've never read, but who provides a thoughtful non-fantasy tale. The story I was most looking forward to was by Neil Gaiman - and this was a significant disappointment. I love urban fantasies, and Gaiman's Neverwhere is one of my favourite books.
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