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gave me some new authors to try out, but when i went to read their regular books they were way too long for me which must be why i had never read anything by them. but i liked the short stories of quite a few in this collection. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 17, 2016 |
gave me some new authors to try out, but when i went to read their regular books they were way too long for me which must be why i had never read anything by them. but i liked the short stories of quite a few in this collection. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
gave me some new authors to try out, but when i went to read their regular books they were way too long for me which must be why i had never read anything by them. but i liked the short stories of quite a few in this collection. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
For the most part I really enjoyed these stories. It was a nice way to visit these famous authors all at once. Some of the stories were great and some I skipped over. My favorite (and this can't be a real surprise to anyone) is the story by the late great Terry Pratchett called Discworld: The Sea and Little Fishes. It features the delightful character, Granny Weatherwax. Always considered to be very touchy and grumpy, she is challenged to be nice for a change. Unfortunately, everyone thinks she is up to something since she can't possibly be nice.
  mamzel | Sep 23, 2015 |
The eleven stories with in this first "Legends" anthology are by some of the best writers of fantasy and science fiction, both in prose and sales. Edited by Robert Silverberg, who also contributed as well, the stories range within their established fictional worlds from stand alone either connect with the main series or in-between main series books or prequels with mixed results.

The best stories whether, stand alone or prequel, had the same things in common. First the reader did not need to know anything about the fictional setting from any previous location as the authors used the stories to introduce the audience to their written creations. Second, the story usually followed just one character, at most two if change of perspective was easily denoted, allowing the narrative to be tight given average 65 pages each story took. Those that were on the bottom end of the scale were the exact opposite as they relied too much on the reader already knowing the story's universe and too many characters or point-of-view changes to keep track of (or both!).

Unfortunately two of the weakest stories are at the very beginning and the end of the anthology, however of the nine stories in the middle of the anthology seven were at the least very good and make this fantastic purchase for anyone who gets it.

Individual Story Ratings
The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria by Stephen King (3.5/5)
Discworld: The Sea and Little Fishes by Terry Pratchett (4.5/5)
The Sword of Truth: Debt of Bones by Terry Goodkind (3.5/5)
Tales of Alvin Maker: Grinning Man by Orson Scott Card (4/5)
Majipoor: The Seventh Shrine by Robert Silverberg (3.5/5)
Earthsea: Dragonfly by Ursula K. Le Guin (4/5)
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn: The Burning Man by Tad Williams (5/5)
A Song of Ice and Fire: The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin (5/5) http://thechannelofmattries.blogspot.com/2015/08/review-hedge-knight-by-george-r...
Pern: Runner of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (4.5/5)
The Riftwar Saga: Wood Boy by Raymond E. Feist (5/5)
The Wheel of Time: New Spring by Robert Jordan (2.5/5)
http://thechannelofmattries.blogspot.com/2015/08/review-new-spring-by-robert-jor... ( )
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This is the original and fully complete 11 story Legends anthology. It is not part 1 of the UK 2way split of the anthology. Nor is it part 1 of the US 3way split of the anthology. Do not combine this work with either of the others.
This book contains:
Legends : The Little Sisters of Eluria Roland Gunslinger - Stephen King
Legends : The Sea and Little Fishes Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Legends : Debt of Bones Sword of Truth - Terry Goodkind
Legends : Grinning Man Alvin Maker - Orson Scott Card
Legends : The Seventh Shrine Majipoor - Robert Silverberg
Legends : Dragonfly Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
Legends : The Burning Man Memory Sorrow and Thorn - Tad Williams
Legends : The Hedge Knight Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin
Legends : Runner of Pern Pern - Anne McCaffrey
Legends : The Wood Boy Riftwar - Raymond E. Feist
Legends : New Spring Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan
If your book does not contain all 11 of these stories, do not combine it, if you find it combined please separate it.
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Acclaimed writer and editor Robert Silverberg gathered 11 of the finest writers in fantasy to contribute to this collection of short novels. Each of the writers was asked to write a new story based on one of his or her most famous series, and the results are wonderful. From Stephen King's opening piece set in his popular Gunslinger universe to Robert Jordan's early look at his famed Wheel of Time saga, each of these stories is exceptionally well written and universally well told. The authors here include King, Jordan, and Silverberg himself, as well as Terry and Lyn Pratchett, Terry Goodkind, Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, Tad Williams, George R.R. Martin, Anne McCaffrey, and Raymond E. Feist. This is not only a great book in and of itself, but it's also a perfect way for fantasy fans to find new novels and authors to add to their "to read" lists. --Craig E. Engler

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A six-hundred-page anthology of stories on various fantasy worlds, each preceded by an introduction. They range from Terry Pratchett's The Sea and Little Fishes, set in Discworld, to Ursula K. Le Guin's Dragonfly, set in Earthsea.

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