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Heroic Visions II

by Jessica Amanda Salmonson (Editor)

Other authors: Steven Bryan Bieler (Contributor), Michael Bishop (Contributor), Avram Davidson (Contributor), Grania Davis (Contributor), Gillian Fitzgerald (Contributor)8 more, Ellen Kushner (Contributor), Thomas Ligotti (Contributor), Michael Nicholas Richard (Contributor), Keith Roberts (Contributor), Richard A. Russo (Contributor), Jessica Amanda Salmonson (Contributor), Jody Scott (Contributor), Manly Wade Wellman (Contributor)

Series: Heroic Visions (2)

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I can't say I cared much for this collection of short stories in the heroic fantasy genre--and I like that subgenre. As a teen, I loved the Tomoe Gozen books by editor Jessica Amanda Salmonson, based on a historical female Samurai. And I very much loved her two Amazon anthologies, which I reread recently and felt held up well. They were groundbreaking given that pre-Buffy there weren't all that many strong action-oriented heroines in fantasy. Maybe it helped in a strange way that she might have had less to choose from and so less ability to get stories to her tastes. Although I did think there were some clunkers in the Amazon anthologies (such as "Rape Patrol") by and large the stories were colorful and very enjoyable.

But with this lot, I came to feel dread whenever Salmonson gave out high praise to a story in her introductions. Especially when she would praise a story for its literary merits and scorn "escapism." It's not that I'm not for literary quality--but not at the expense of story or an exercise in... well pretentious twaddle. I was repulsed by Kushner's "Lazarus," nonplussed by Ligotti's "Masquerade of a Dead Soul" found Jody Scott's "Honor" self-indulgent and was decidedly unamused by Bieler's "Cohen the Clam-killer." I wasn't much taken with Wellman's pulp story "The Slaughter of the Gods" either. That makes five out of the 13 I actively disliked--more than a third. Nor were there any stories I'd consider memorable, moving, outstanding stories. My favorites were Michael Bishop's "Voices" and Avram Davidson's "The Head of Shemesh the Eshurian." I rather liked Jessica Amanda Salmonson's own "The Lingering Minstrel" even if I think it's in rather poor taste to include your own story in an anthology you're editing. But were the stories I did like strong enough I intend to keep this book on my limited shelf space? No. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Jan 19, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Salmonson, Jessica AmandaEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bieler, Steven BryanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bishop, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davidson, AvramContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, GraniaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fitzgerald, GillianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kushner, EllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ligotti, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Richard, Michael NicholasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberts, KeithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russo, Richard A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Salmonson, Jessica AmandaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scott, JodyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wellman, Manly WadeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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