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In Celebration of Lammas Night

by Mercedes Lackey

Other authors: Gael Baudino (Contributor), Doranna Durgin (Contributor), Ru Emerson (Contributor), Mark Garland (Contributor), Laura Ann Gilman (Contributor)13 more, Christie Golden (Contributor), Jason Henderson (Contributor), Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Contributor), Ardath Mayhar (Contributor), Jody Lynn Nye (Contributor), Diana L. Paxson (Contributor), Stephanie D. Shaver (Contributor), Mark Shepherd (Contributor), Josepha Sherman (Contributor), Susan M. Shwartz (Contributor), Jan Stirling (Contributor), S.M. Stirling (Contributor), Elisabeth Waters (Contributor)

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While protecting a small village, a young spell weaver inadvertently awakens the spirit of her predecessor, who takes the form of a phantom and begins to court her.

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Interesting anthology concept - all the stories are based on the same filk song by Mercedes Lackey - but the stories get too similar after a while. ( )
  SF_fan_mae | Jan 15, 2016 |
Mercedes Lackey wrote a poem (a not-very-good one) about a wizard who settles in a village where the previous wizard has died. She begins to sense his presence in the house where he lived (and she lives now). In the end, she is faced with a choice of laying his soul, or bringing him back to life.

The conceit of this book is to have several authors use this theme as a jumping off point for their stories. It's an intriguing idea, but it doesn't work. The primary reason for this is, I think, that rather than use the story as inspiration, the authors simply put flesh on its bones. They don't use their own creative powers (assuming they have any) to make something unique and different of it. As a result, it's all much of a muchness and ultimately boring.

The other difficulty I had with it is the same difficulty that I have with much current fantasy writing. Many writers of this kind think that putting together a hash of various mythologies along with invented names that have no linguistic similarities are all you need. It's all very unsatisfying.

Having been introduced to fantasy via masters such as Lord Dunsany and Arthur Machen, I have no patience for this sort of thing.
  lilithcat | Jun 9, 2009 |
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Lackey, Mercedesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baudino, GaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Durgin, DorannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Emerson, RuContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garland, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilman, Laura AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Golden, ChristieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Henderson, JasonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoffman, Nina KirikiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mayhar, ArdathContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nye, Jody LynnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Paxson, Diana L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shaver, Stephanie D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shepherd, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sherman, JosephaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shwartz, Susan M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stirling, JanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stirling, S.M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Waters, ElisabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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