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The Oxford book of fantasy stories (original 1994; edition 1994)

by T. A. Shippey

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Title:The Oxford book of fantasy stories
Authors:T. A. Shippey
Info:Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
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The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories by Tom Shippey (Editor) (1994)

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This book takes a look at fantasy in chronological order, taking books from different years from the 1880s up to Terry Pratchett in the 1990s. The editor gives an introduction to the subject, and some types, as well as a discussion of treatment of the genre over the years.
He also gives a useful bibliography of where some of the work in this anthology has come from, and suggestions for further reading, including osme criticism. So, even though the stories only average 3.37, that is worth bonus points on the rating scale, certainly.

This book takes a look at fantasy in chronological order, taking books from different years from the 1880s up to Terry Pratchett in the 1990s. The editor gives an introduction to the subject, and some types, as well as a discussion of treatment of the genre over the years.

He also gives a useful bibliography of where some of the work in this anthology has come from, and suggestions for further reading, including osme criticism. So, even though the stories only average 3.37, that is worth bonus points on the rating scale, certainly.

Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Demon Pope - Richard Garnett
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Fortress Unvanquishable Save for Sacnoth - Lord Dunsany
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Through the Dragon Glass - Abraham Merritt
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Nameless City - H. P. Lovecraft
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Wind in the Portico - John Buchan
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Tower of the Elephant - Robert E. Howard
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Xeethra - Clark Ashton Smith
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Jirel Meets Magic - Catherine L. Moore
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Bleak Shore - Fritz Leiber
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Homecoming - Ray Bradbury
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : See You Later - Henry Kuttner
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Liane the Wayfarer - Jack Vance
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Desrick on Yandro - Manly Wade Wellman
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Silken-Swift - Theodore Sturgeon
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Operation Afreet - Poul Anderson
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Singular Events Which Occurred in the Hovel on the Alley Off of Eye Street - Avram Davidson
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Sudden Wings - Thomas Burnett Swann
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Same Time Same Place - Mervyn Peake
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Timothy - Keith Roberts
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Kings of the Sea - Sterling E. Lanier
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Not Long Before the End - Larry Niven
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Wager Lost by Winning - John Brunner
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Lila the Werewolf - Peter S. Beagle
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Johanna - Jane Yolen
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Erl-King - Angela Carter
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Beyond the Dead Reef - James Tiptree Jr.
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Subworld - Phyllis Eisenstein
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Bite-Me-Not or Fleur de Fur - Tanith Lee
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : The Night of White Bhairab - Lucius Shepard
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Thorn - Robert Holdstock
Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories : Troll Bridge - Terry Pratchett

Pontiff or Devil, they aren't sure which is worse.

3.5 out of 5

To kill an immortal ruler is easy, not.. First you need to kill the invulnerable dragon to get the invincible sword to get through the impenetrable fortress. The there is the whole won't die thing to get around.

3 out of 5

Boxer rebellion acquisition of otherworldly artifact vistas.

3.5 out of 5

A traveller finds a city under the sand, and exploring, a doorway into it. He explores for a time, but strange noises start coming close:

"I fell babbling over and over that unexplainable couplet of the mad
Arab Alhazred, who dreamed of the nameless city:

That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die."
He eventually makes it out.

4 out of 5

Flaming altar ruins.

3 out of 5

Conan is in thieving mode here. In a tavern, he is asking the assembled crowd of nogoodniks why no-one has stolen a famous jewel from this tower.

They tell him because it is guarded by some very nasty things.

He, of course, investigates, and meets a master thief attempting the same thing.

Humans, animals, a giant spider and a wizard are to be encountered, not to mention an alien.

2.5 out of 5

Xeethra should have listend to his uncle Pornos (he who should be careful with pronunciation) and behaved himself and not run off to make a deal with a demon for a soul.

2.5 out of 5

Having to rid herself of a wizard that has killed some or her men, Jirel finds worse, his own ruler, a sorceress.

4 out of 5

Lethal lizards' master lopped.

3.5 out of 5

I want to feel the wind beneath my wings. Or I'll cry.

3.5 out of 5

Overcopying extreme.

2.5 out of 5

Witchy Lith.

3 out of 5

John runs into a crimelord, tells him about a hill that is his namesake, and is volunteered to show him there. Apart from a hairy heffalump, monsters await Mr. Yandro.

3.5 out of 5

Virgin deception test, unicorn required.

3 out of 5

Witchwolf teamup success requires djinn psychology.

4 out of 5

Check if tempted, for a spell.

3 out of 5

Old winged guy wants friends, one of each flavour.

3.5 out of 5

Beauty is a beast, stoopid.

2.5 out of 5

Scarecrow animation gallivantin' cancellation.

3.5 out of 5

Seaserpent turf defender succession deal.

4 out of 5

Once upon a time a swordsman battled a sorcerer. As was fairly de rigeur, really.

To paraphrase Guru Bob, 'a good big barbarian with weapon will always beat a good little sorcerer when the magic goes away.'

4.5 out of 5

You better bet your life. Only not against a chaos defeating ageless sorcerer.

3.5 out of 5

If your girlfriend eats live canines, follow Paul Simon's advice. Pick one.

3.5 out of 5

Venison viewing shot down.

3.5 out of 5

Forest Lord shagging will be the death of someone.

3.5 out of 5

Scattered sea woman scare.

4 out of 5

Metro mouse club.

3.5 out of 5

Flighty vamp, unflighty girl.

2.5 out of 5

Nepalese houseboy's female possession flaming Khaalear out.

4 out of 5

Stony faced god botherer.

3 out of 5

Being a barbarian hero isn't what it used to be.

3.5 out of 5




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Garnett, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lovecraft, H. P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0192803824, Paperback)

An anthology of fantasy stories selected by the eminent Medievalist and Fantasy scholar Tom Shippey, The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories gathers together thirty-one tales brimming over with imagination. This rich and intriguing collection of fantasy stories features classic figures--the Devil, trolls and werewolves, sorcerers and dragons--that have long been a part of the human psyche. The authors of these marvelous tales draw upon a deep well of images, characters, and landscapes with great imagination and subtlety. Featuring writers as diverse as John Buchan and Mervyn Peake, Angela Carter and Terry Pratchett, this is an anthology for the newcomer and dedicated fan alike.

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A century's worth of the exotic and the fantastic. The stories range from Richard Garnett's "The Demon Pope," a story on soul-selling, to Terry Prachett's amusing "Troll Bridge, " in which Cohen the Barbarian philosophizes on the decline of magic.

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