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Leviathan Three (2002)

by Jeff VanderMeer (Editor), Forrest Aguirre (Editor)

Other authors: James Bassett (Contributor), Stepan Chapman (Contributor), Michael Cisco (Contributor), Brendan Connell (Contributor), Remy de Gourmont (Contributor)15 more, Eugene Dubnov (Contributor), L. Timmel Duchamp (Contributor), Rikki Ducornet (Contributor), Carol Emshwiller (Contributor), Brian Evenson (Contributor), Jeffrey Ford (Contributor), Theophile Gautier (Contributor), Michael Moorcock (Contributor), Lance Olsen (Contributor), James Sallis (Contributor), Brian Stableford (Contributor), Jeffrey Thomas (Contributor), Scott Thomas (Contributor), Tamar Yellin (Contributor), Zoran Zivkovic (Contributor)

Series: Leviathan anthologies (3)

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The World Fantasy Award and British Fantasy Award finalist Ministry of Whimsy, publisher of the Philip K. Dick Award winning The Troika, presents the latest installment of the original anthology series Leviathan. Featuring Zoran Zivkovic's short novel The Library. From Michael Moorcock to L. Timmel Duchamp, Jeffrey Ford to Brian Stableford, Leviathan 3 showcases the best of contemporary fantastical fiction. Also including work by Rikki Ducornet, Carol Emshwiller, James Sallis, with translations of Gautier and Gourmont.… (more)
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This was book 3 of the Leviathan series. The Leviathan series is an anthology series that's won a decent amount of critical acclaim. Each book in the series picks a theme; in Leviathan Three's case, libraries. Not every story has to do with the central theme; rather, it's used more as loose framework. The Leviathan series has really made me appreciate good editors. VanderMeer and Aguirre pick stories the same way one picks songs when making an interesting mixed tape. They're looking for an overall effect of tone and atmosphere. Stories, that when placed together, create a certain feel or aesthetic. They picked stories from all over the place -- across genre, style, and time. One story could be an odd story written last year in a post-modern style and the next a tale was written 150 years ago in the Romantic tradition, yet somehow the transition is smooth. This also makes one realize how some human desires and motivations are truly timeless. The book features contemporary writers in fantasy, avant-gardists, 19th century French poets, as well as some tales of horror and humor. One tale, "The Noble Library" by Zoran Zivkovic was hysterical. The whole story was a long rant about how much the protagonist hated paperback books! A man of my own heart. To quote Zivkovic,

"I've always felt the greatest possible distain for paperback books. They are the ultimate profanation of an ideal that must remain exalted and noble at any cost. Only the ignorant and uninformed claim that a book should not be judged by its cover. Packaging must mirror the contents. Would you wrap a luxury item in old newspapers, for example?"
I really enjoyed the overall effect VanderMeer and Aguirre created by assembling such an unlikely collection of voices -- odd bedfellows, if you will. I haven't run across a similar editing style before. I'm really looking forward to Leviathan Four. Its theme: Cities. ( )
  Dead_Dreamer | Jan 12, 2010 |
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VanderMeer, JeffEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aguirre, ForrestEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bassett, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chapman, StepanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cisco, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Connell, BrendanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Gourmont, RemyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dubnov, EugeneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duchamp, L. TimmelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ducornet, RikkiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Emshwiller, CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Evenson, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ford, JeffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gautier, TheophileContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moorcock, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Olsen, LanceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sallis, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stableford, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thomas, JeffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thomas, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yellin, TamarContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The World Fantasy Award and British Fantasy Award finalist Ministry of Whimsy, publisher of the Philip K. Dick Award winning The Troika, presents the latest installment of the original anthology series Leviathan. Featuring Zoran Zivkovic's short novel The Library. From Michael Moorcock to L. Timmel Duchamp, Jeffrey Ford to Brian Stableford, Leviathan 3 showcases the best of contemporary fantastical fiction. Also including work by Rikki Ducornet, Carol Emshwiller, James Sallis, with translations of Gautier and Gourmont.

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