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Tad Williams

Author of The Dragonbone Chair

131+ Works 49,176 Members 624 Reviews 184 Favorited

About the Author

Tad Williams Tad Williams grew up in Palo Alto, California. He didn't go off to college after high school, he was more interested in living on his own and supporting himself. Williams therefore began a long string of collectively bad part time jobs. He stacked tiles, made tacos, sold shoes, peddled show more insurance, collected loans not all at the same time and worked at other things in his free moments, such as writing, as well as, several years in a rock band, hosting a radio talk show, making commercial and uncommercial art, acting, and others DAW was the first to publish Williams, accepting "Tailchaser's Song," which became an big success. It never occurred to Williams that his books wold not sell and indeed they have not stopped selling since the beginning. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Tad Williams

The Dragonbone Chair (1988) 6,282 copies
City of Golden Shadow (1996) 4,748 copies
Stone of Farewell (1990) 4,581 copies
River of Blue Fire (1998) 3,480 copies
Mountain of Black Glass (1999) 3,219 copies
Sea of Silver Light (2001) 3,043 copies
To Green Angel Tower, Part 2 (1993) 2,981 copies
To Green Angel Tower Part 1 (1993) 2,760 copies
Tailchaser's Song (1985) 2,548 copies
Shadowmarch (2004) — Author — 2,460 copies
The War of the Flowers (2003) 2,377 copies
To Green Angel Tower (1993) 1,759 copies
Shadowplay (2007) 1,379 copies
Shadowrise (2010) 812 copies
The Dirty Streets of Heaven (2012) 807 copies
Shadowheart (2010) 711 copies
The Witchwood Crown (2017) 556 copies
Caliban's Hour (1994) 514 copies
The Heart of What Was Lost (2017) 393 copies
Happy Hour in Hell (2013) 351 copies
Empire of Grass (2019) 314 copies
Child of an Ancient City (1992) 289 copies
The Dragons of Ordinary Farm (2009) 231 copies
Brothers of the Wind (2021) 159 copies
Into the Narrowdark (2022) 142 copies
Rite: Short Work (2006) 83 copies
The Wood Boy - The Burning Man (2005) — Contributor — 71 copies
Otherland 1 - 4 (1997) 69 copies
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn (1990) 64 copies
The Burning Man (1998) 62 copies
Otherland Volume 1 of 8 (2000) 52 copies
Velhon oppipoika (1996) 50 copies
Kruununperillinen (1988) 46 copies
Miekan mahti (1997) 44 copies
Otherland Volume 2 of 8 (2000) 41 copies
The Navigator's Children (2020) 34 copies
Jäähyväisten kivi (1998) 33 copies
Myrskyn silmä (1998) 33 copies
Pimeyden käsi (1990) 32 copies
Korppien tanssi (1999) 32 copies
Piiritetty kivi (1999) 30 copies
Otherland Volume 3 of 8 (2001) 29 copies
Diary of a Dragon (2012) 29 copies
Torven taika (1999) 28 copies
Varjojen vanki (2000) 28 copies
Vihreän enkelin torni (2000) 26 copies
Shadowmarch {part 2 of 2} (2004) 26 copies
Otherland Volume 4 of 8 (2001) 26 copies
Liekkien loimu (1993) 25 copies
Otherland Volume 5 of 8 (2002) 24 copies
The Witchwood Crown, Part 1 (2017) 19 copies
Shadowplay {part 1 of 2} (2007) 19 copies
Shadowmarch {part 1 of 2} (2004) — Author — 18 copies
Otherland Volume 6 of 8 (2002) 16 copies
Shadowplay {part 2 of 2} (2008) 16 copies
The Witchwood Crown, Part 2 (2017) 14 copies
Otherland Volume 7 of 8 (2009) 10 copies
Otherland Volume 8 of 8 (2010) 9 copies
Into the Narrowdark (2022) 6 copies
Go Ask Elric 3 copies
Věž Zeleného anděla (1998) 3 copies
Mirrorworld: Rain #0 (1997) 2 copies
Bin Otherland Empty (1990) 2 copies
Bobby Dollar 3 Pack (2012) 2 copies
Header Otherland (2005) 1 copy
Poster Otherland (2005) 1 copy
Mortal Sins 1 copy
Z Is for ... 1 copy

Associated Works

Gormenghast (1950) — Introduction, some editions — 2,687 copies
The Sandman: Book of Dreams (1996) — Contributor — 2,049 copies
Legends I: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy (1998) — Contributor — 1,894 copies
Legends II: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy (2003) — Contributor — 1,265 copies
Wizards: Magical Tales From the Masters of Modern Fantasy (2007) — Contributor — 787 copies
Warriors (2010) — Contributor — 649 copies
Songs of the Dying Earth (2009) — Contributor — 639 copies
Unfettered: Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2013) — Contributor — 407 copies
Michael Moorcock's Elric: Tales of the White Wolf (1994) — Contributor — 394 copies
The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology (2010) — Contributor — 375 copies
The New Space Opera 2 (2009) — Contributor — 325 copies
By Blood We Live (2009) — Contributor — 302 copies
Science Fiction: DAW 30th Anniversary (2002) — Contributor — 262 copies
Legends II: Shadows, Gods, and Demons (1999) — Contributor — 243 copies
Dragon Fantastic (1992) — Introduction, some editions — 241 copies
Epic: Legends of Fantasy (2012) — Contributor — 191 copies
Dead Man's Hand (2014) — Contributor — 159 copies
Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond (2013) — Contributor — 153 copies
Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn (1995) — Contributor — 148 copies
Elric: Swords and Roses (2010) — Foreword, some editions — 139 copies
Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian (2003) — Contributor — 126 copies
Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn: Volume 2 (1999) — Contributor — 122 copies
Vampires: The Greatest Stories (1997) — Contributor — 122 copies
Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary (2009) — Contributor — 113 copies
Unfettered III: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2019) — Contributor — 111 copies
Hellboy: Oddest Jobs (2008) — Contributor — 107 copies
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds (2015) — Contributor — 71 copies
Ubik: The Screenplay (1974) — Afterword, some editions — 70 copies
Rip-Off! (2012) — Contributor — 65 copies
The Giant Book of Fantasy and the Supernatural (1994) — Contributor — 65 copies
Mash Up (2012) — Contributor — 63 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 8 (2007) — Contributor — 48 copies
David Copperfield's Beyond Imagination (1996) — Contributor — 46 copies
Neverland's Library (2014) — Introduction, some editions — 40 copies
We, Robots (2010) — Contributor — 24 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 33 • February 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 14 copies
StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3 — Contributor — 4 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Williams, Robert Paul
Other names
Williams, Tad
Birthdate
1957-03-14
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
San Jose, California, USA
Places of residence
San Jose, California, USA (birth)
Palo Alto, California, USA
London, England, UK
Education
Palo Alto Senior High School
Occupations
author
technical writer
Relationships
Beale, Deborah (wife)
Agent
Matt Bialer
Short biography
Robert Paul "Tad" Williams is an American fantasy and science fiction writer. He is the author of the multivolume Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series, Otherland series, and Shadowmarch series as well as the standalone novels Tailchaser's Song and The War of the Flowers. Most recently, Williams published The Bobby Dollar series. Cumulatively, over 17 million copies of Williams's works have been sold.

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Reviews

This review is for the whole Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy (or tetralogy, since the last book is sometimes divided in two books, being so long).

It was good, I appreciate what Williams has done here. This was one of the LoTR copycat trilogies in the 80s (and early 90s, in this case), targeting readers who loved LoTR and wanted more like that. What distinguishes this particular effort is that it's actually good. It's well-written and gives the reader a sense of a deep history behind the current situation of the fantasy world. It's a bit like LoTR (fight against a powerful dark lord, "elves" who are vanishing from the world, deep mythological past behind the story) but also different enough to have its own style and character.

People have criticized that it's too slow and long, and they have a point. I did not mind too much, because when a story is good and you can immerse yourself in it I don't mind giving it time and space, but occasionally I also felt it was a bit too slow and wordy. For me it was worth-reading, though.
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jcm790 | 20 other reviews | May 26, 2024 |
This review is for the whole Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy (or tetralogy, since the last book is sometimes divided in two books, being so long).

It was good, I appreciate what Williams has done here. This was one of the LoTR copycat trilogies in the 80s (and early 90s, in this case), targeting readers who loved LoTR and wanted more like that. What distinguishes this particular effort is that it's actually good. It's well-written and gives the reader a sense of a deep history behind the current situation of the fantasy world. It's a bit like LoTR (fight against a powerful dark lord, "elves" who are vanishing from the world, deep mythological past behind the story) but also different enough to have its own style and character.

People have criticized that it's too slow and long, and they have a point. I did not mind too much, because when a story is good and you can immerse yourself in it I don't mind giving it time and space, but occasionally I also felt it was a bit too slow and wordy. For me it was worth-reading, though.
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jcm790 | 38 other reviews | May 26, 2024 |
This review is for the whole Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy (or tetralogy, since the last book is sometimes divided in two books, being so long).

It was good, I appreciate what Williams has done here. This was one of the LoTR copycat trilogies in the 80s (and early 90s, in this case), targeting readers who loved LoTR and wanted more like that. What distinguishes this particular effort is that it's actually good. It's well-written and gives the reader a sense of a deep history behind the current situation of the fantasy world. It's a bit like LoTR (fight against a powerful dark lord, "elves" who are vanishing from the world, deep mythological past behind the story) but also different enough to have its own style and character.

People have criticized that it's too slow and long, and they have a point. I did not mind too much, because when a story is good and you can immerse yourself in it I don't mind giving it time and space, but occasionally I also felt it was a bit too slow and wordy. For me it was worth-reading, though.
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jcm790 | 78 other reviews | May 26, 2024 |
I guess I wasn't ready for such an elaborate plot. I was often lost and felt that so many unpronouncable, and therefor, unmemorable, names were being thrown at me, of people, creatures, and places, that I couldn't keep up. Critical information delivered as a tale of the history of the land by the wizard to the young boy, and a laundry list of names delivered as the folks coming to attend the funeral of the king, made it feel like a dry history lesson devoid of an emotional life. Events were described that the characters couldn't identify as real or dreamed, making it even more challenging to follow. I went the entire 44 chapters (33 hours) and there were definitely characters, sections, descriptions, and elements to love...in fact there were many elements that are also found in the Game of Thrones, but not being a frequent visitor of the Fantasy genre, for all I know, might be common to most fantasies.… (more)
 
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TraSea | 78 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |

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