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Good story collection of various genres loosely united by the motive of rogue leading character,
This review is from: Rogues (Kindle Edition)
‘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. For the most people reason for buying this one will be either for learning about some new pieces of puzzle from ‘Songs of the Ice and Fire’ universe or story ‘The Lighting Tree’ by Patrick Rothfuss that brings story (or actually few of them) about previously known and intriguing character Bast from ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’.
Martin’s ‘Everybody Loves a Rogue’ will bring more light for ‘Princess and the Queen’ found in the other Martin’s anthology, that speaks about Prince Daemon Targaryen, who was brother of King Viserys I, who wed his niece Rhaenyra and took her side during the war called Dance of Dragons, between Rhaenyra and her half-brother Aegon I. The reader should not be disappointed getting no particularly rounded story, but more of a background to bit complicated family tree of Targaryen.
For fantasy fans also interesting would be Scott Lynch’s ‘A Year and a Day in Old Theradane’ who wrote a story set in a land led by the wizards about the woman thief called Amarelle who will join hands with a group of interesting characters including female goblin and wizard.
Though describing all the stories in detail would require to wrote another book, in short, in another stories reader can find zombie story set in twisted version of New Orleans, story about the rescuing the troubled daughter, fantasy story about the god imprisoned in a box, customer service representative who decided to step on the dark side and many others.
General judgment when it comes for story anthologies is always difficult to give; I admire authors who have ability to present cohesive story and interesting characters in short format, therefore if you think like me you’ll probably like this collection as much as recently released ‘Dangerous Women’ also edited by Martin. On the other hand if you are not a fan of short stories and you are only eager to read new GOT material it would be better just to borrow this one and save money for the future installments of Martin works.