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The Compleat Enchanter (Millennium Fantasy…

The Compleat Enchanter (Millennium Fantasy Masterworks S.) (original 1989; edition 2000)

by L. Sprague de Camp, Fletcher Pratt (Author)

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Title:The Compleat Enchanter (Millennium Fantasy Masterworks S.)
Authors:L. Sprague de Camp
Other authors:Fletcher Pratt (Author)
Info:Gollancz (2000), Edition: Omnibus Ed, Paperback, 544 pages
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A fun jaunt into the realm of heroic fantasy, this is actually three short books starring Harold Shea, a modern-day psychologist bent on practicing magic in the lands of epic myth. Bungling magical spells and inventing himself along the way, our hero discovers he can even use a sword when the need arises. Somehow we are led to believe that it is possible to access these places using mathematical formulas. All highly improbable, but fantasy that nevertheless retains its sense of humor. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Contains the first three books in the series. L. Sprague de Camp (and his editors) and his erstwhile collaborator, Fletcher Pratt, knew a good thing when they saw it. These were some very popular stories (they were fun, the writing was great, popularity was deserved). The first two novels were combined into "The Compleat Enchanter" and when there was additional work, it became this work. Thank goodness they didn't try to add in the fourth; this book is thick enough as it is.

These are fun. They are just honestly fun. Get a snack and curl up in a chair, and read for a while. It'll be good for you. ( )
  Lyndatrue | Dec 19, 2013 |
Amiable, amusing set of stories about psychologists stumbling their way through literary realms of magic. More than a little dated, but great concept, fun execution. ( )
  salimbol | Dec 18, 2013 |

Reading "The Compleat Enchanter",
when I came to the fourth section,
(set in Finland's Kalevala)
somehow I began to wonder:
Can one write LiveJournal entries
in iambic tetrameter?
(Yes, I know that last word's bogus
and perhaps that gives the answer.)

This, a five-book compilation
of the works of Pratt and de Camp,
brings together the adventures
of a man called Harold Shea from
Ohio, mid-20th century,
who is, with his friends and lover,
thrust in various fant'sy poems,
first Norse legends, second Spenser,
third Orlando Furioso
(also Kubla Khan here featured),
fourth (as mentioned) Kalevala
ending in Cuchulain's Ireland.

Though Mark Twain perhaps began it
writing of King Arthur's Yankee
(don't think I can really mention
which state that wayfarer came from
as it has two unstressed vowels
in succession, so won't scan here)
this ambitious and effective
merging of mundane and mythic
surely was an inspiration
for much else in the same genre.

Even the stock story setting -
visitors arrive from elsewhere,
get entwined in local issues,
solve the problem (sometimes fail to)
disappear to next adventure
using magic means of travel
sounds a bit like Doctor Who, ne?

Also, use of spell components
such as "verbal" and "somatic"
was employed by Gary Gygax
in so far as I remember
from my teenage D&D days.

Anyway, this book is harmless.
Irish bit is, sadly, least good -
use of silly plot devices
to prevent our heroes making
any diff'rence to the story.
But the rest is entertaining.
And I think I'd recommend it.
Four stars in my on-line cat'logue. ( )
4 vote nwhyte | Jul 15, 2006 |
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Ich schreibe von Dingen, die ich nie gesehen und auch nicht von anderen erfahren habe, Dingen, die es nicht gibt und die es nie gegeben haben kann, und deshalb sollten meine Leser sie keinesfalls glauben. (Lukian von Samosata)
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The Compleat Enchanter is not the same work as The Complete Compleat Enchanter. Only the second contains The Wall of Serpents and The Green Magician as well as The Roaring Trumpet, The Mathematics of Magic and The Castle of Iron.

Unfortunately, however, the Millennium Fantasy Masterworks edition called The Compleat Enchanter (ISBN:1857987578) is in fact an edition of The Complete Compleat Enchanter.

Also published in the UK as: The intrepid enchanter.
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Due to popular demand, Harold Shea of The Compleat Enchanter has had new adventures which have been published separately as The Enchanter Completed. Now, Baen Books presents a single volume of all the adventures of Harold Shea, master logician and wizard without peer.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:00 -0400)

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