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The Mammoth Book of Seriously Comic Fantasy

by Mike Ashley (Editor)

Other authors: Sue Anderson (Contributor), Peter Anspach (Contributor), Anthony Armstrong (Contributor), John Kendrick Bangs (Contributor), Ambroce Bierce (Contributor)30 more, Molly Brown (Contributor), Elizabeth Counihan (Contributor), Seamus Cullen (Contributor), Avram Davidson (Contributor), Grania Davis (Contributor), L. Sprague de Camp (Contributor), George Alec Effinger (Contributor), Harlan Ellison (Contributor), Eliot Fintushel (Contributor), Alan Dean Foster (Contributor), Esther Friesner (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Craig Shaw Gardner (Contributor), W. S. Gilbert (Contributor), Ron Goulart (Contributor), E. K. Grant (Contributor), John Grant (Contributor), Harry Harrison (Contributor), James P. Hogan (Contributor), Tom Holt (Contributor), Terry Jones (Contributor), David Langford (Contributor), Julia S. Mandala (Contributor), Archibald Marshall (Contributor), John Morressy (Contributor), Charles Partington (Contributor), Lawrence Schimel (Contributor), Cynthia Ward (Contributor), Elisabeth Waters (Contributor), Gene Wolfe (Contributor)

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Series: Mammoth Fantasy

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I'm sorely tempted to give this 2-stars, i can't quite to be fair but it is tempting. There's really only about half-a-dozen really good stories in this anthology almost all the rest are ok, no stinkers but mostly just ok.
I read this entire thing before and rereading, only 2 tales seemed familiar.

Also its not funny... i mean i would classify most of it as mildly satirical at best. A lot of stories are pretty dated too.

Overall... blech.. i'd only recommend it as a historical document. You might well find some unknown authors here that you want to look up afterward, if you liked their style but i don't think this is anyone's best work. ( )
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Ashley, MikeEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, SueContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anspach, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Armstrong, AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bangs, John KendrickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bierce, AmbroceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, MollyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Counihan, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cullen, SeamusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davidson, AvramContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, GraniaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Camp, L. SpragueContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Effinger, George AlecContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fintushel, EliotContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foster, Alan DeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Friesner, EstherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gardner, Craig ShawContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, W. S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goulart, RonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, E. K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harrison, HarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hogan, James P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holt, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, TerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Langford, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mandala, Julia S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marshall, ArchibaldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morressy, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Partington, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schimel, LawrenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ward, CynthiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Waters, ElisabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolfe, GeneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heller, JulekCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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  • Neander-Tale, by James P. Hogan
  • Uncle Henry Passes, by Esther Friesner
  • A Dealing With Demons, by Craig Shaw Gardner
  • The Case of Jack the Clipper, by David Langford
  • The Shoemaker and the Elvis, by Lawrence Schimel
  • Dances With Elves, by Cynthia Ward
  • A Hedge Against Alchemy, by John Morressy
  • A Slow Day In Hell, by Julia S. Mandala
  • How I Got Three Zip Codes, by Gene Wolfe
  • The Failure of Hope & Wandel, by Ambrose Bierce
  • The Birthday Gift, by Elisabeth Waters
  • Captain Honario Harpplayer, R.N., by Harry Harrison
  • The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything, by George Alec Effinger
  • History Book, by John Grant
  • Elijah P. Jopp and the Dragon, by Archibald Marshall
  • The Dragon Doctor's Apprentice, by Charles Partington
  • Rules of Engagement, by Molly Brown
  • The Triumph of Vice, by W. S. Gilbert
  • The Top 50 Things I'd Do If I Ever Became an Evil Overlord, by Peter Anspach
  • How to Be Fantastic, by Elizabeth Counihan
  • Hershey's Kisses, by Ron Goulart
  • Escape From the Planet of the Bears, by Tom Holt
  • Quest, by Sue Anderson
  • The Hills Behind Hollywood High, by Avram Davidson and Grania Davis
  • The Affliction of Baron Humpfelhimmel, by John Kendrick Bangs
  • The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds, by Neil Gaiman
  • The Man Who Hated Cadillacs, by E. K. Grant
  • The Ultimate, by Seamus Cullen
  • The Star of the Farmyard, by Terry Jones
  • Diamonds - Black and White, by Anthony Armstrong
  • Malocchio, by Eliot Fintushel
  • The Metrognome, by Alan Dean Foster
  • The Eye of Tandyla, by L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Outposts Undiscovered by Tourists, by Harlan Ellison
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