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The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories Oxford Books of Prose mobi ´ Paperback ↠ johnscyclingdiary Å [Reading] ➸ The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories Oxford Books of Prose By Tom Shippey – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk An anthology of fantasy stories selected by the eminenNg collection of fantasy stories features classic figures the Devil trolls and werewolves sorcerers and dragons that have long been a part of the human psyche The authors of these marvelous tales draw upon a deep well of i A great collection of shorts by masters of the genre put together in chronological order so you can see how the writers of the past have and continue to influence the new generations

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An anthology of fantasy stories selected by the eminent Medievalist and Fantasy scholar Tom Shippey The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories gathers together thirty one tales brimming over with imagination This rich and intrigui I find that this is a hard short story collection to review With its 31 stories by different authors during different years of our history the first being written in 1888 by Richard Garnett and the last written 1992 by Terry Pratchett also happened to be the only 5 star read by the lot in my opinion Of these 31 stories I found as I mentioned one five star six four star reads four one star reads and five two star reads Now my three star rating is because I gave fifteen of these stories 3 stars Now keep in mind that I am not a huge fantasy reader and haven't read any of these authors before I must applaud Tom Shippey who collected these stories together for I feel they are different from each other and I did enjoy most of themAs you may see I have taken a looooong time reading this book this is not only the books fault however I have found it difficult to pick up although this could be because I am not a fan of short stories I have had a bad reading year in spite of liking a lot of what I have read my heart hasn't really been in the right mood

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The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories Oxford Books of ProseMages characters and landscapes with great imagination and subtlety Featuring writers as diverse as John Buchan and Mervyn Peake Angela Carter and Terry Pratchett this is an anthology for the newcomer and dedicated fan ali Originally published on my blog here in December 1999This collection of short stories aims to be representative of the history of the modern fantasy genre from the mid nineteenth century onwards The authors include many important shapers of the genre though there are odd omissions Tolkien Morris MacDonald and Donaldson for example The selection concentrates on the earlier years probably because the average reader of fantasy relies on the selection in the local bookshop and only ever sees relatively recent literature The introduction explains something of the importance of the writers though its thematic rather than historical arrangement makes it difficult to gain a coherent understanding of the history of the genre from it It is clearly intended as a discussion of what makes a story fantasy and what elements are contained in a fantasy story The book would have been improved by giving a short editorial introduction to each story to set it into the context of the author's work some are entirely typical like Robert Holdstock's Thorn others not at all like Mervyn Peake's Same Time Same Place and to describe the author's role in the fantasy genre in generalFor my taste the selection ran rather too close to the horror end of the genre and one or two of the stories are very unpleasant indeed while few have the lightheartedness so typical of another side of the genre a tradition running from Pratchett back to de Camp and beyond The most humorous stories are the first and last The Demon Pope by Richard Garnett from 1888 and Troll Bridge by Terry Pratchett from 1992