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Funny Fantasy (Unidentified Funny Objects Annual Anthology Series of Humorous SF/F) Kindle Edition
Includes the following stories:
“Dave the Mighty Steel-Thewed Avenger” by Laura Resnick
“Crumbs” by Esther Friesner
“Fellow Traveler” by Donald J. Bingle
“A Fish Story” by Sarah Totton
“Another End of the Empire” by Tim Pratt
“Giantkiller” by G. Scott Huggins
“A Mild Case of Death” by David Gerrold
“Fairy Debt” by Gail Carriger
“A Very Special Girl” by Mike Resnick
“The Blue Corpse Corps” by Jim C. Hines
“Librarians in the Branch Library of Babel” by Shaenon K. Garrity
“The Queens Reason” by Richard Parks
“The Best Little Cleaning Robot in All of Faerie” by Susan Jane Bigelow
“Suede This Time” by Jean Rabe
- ASIN : B01EIZQ3PI
- Publisher : UFO Publishing (April 19, 2016)
- Publication date : April 19, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 513 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 210 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #576,205 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1,601 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #1,787 in Fantasy Anthologies
- #2,283 in Humorous Fantasy (Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Alex Shvartsman is a writer, editor, publisher and anthologist that knows what he's doing. He delivers a superior product every time and that's one reason among many to do business with him. I will do business with him again, in a heartbeat. He is always in a good mood (which personally I find somewhat annoying, but hey, that's business--I think I'm just jealous) and deals with customers so that their orders go off without a hitch. Although I'm proud to count him among my friends, this review is an honest and sincere one based on the product, attention to detail in the packaging and shipping, and that it arrived in a timely fashion. In fact, I got it long before I expected. My experience as a customer was great.
When involved in any kind of transaction with Alex, you can relax and know you're in good hands.
(I chose alternating persons in the 'How is the story narrated?' category as it's an anthology and there are many different perspectives from story to story.) Excellent editing. Alex is a self-made man, as they say, in the finest entrepreneurial sense, and has worked hard to create a publishing company that delivers peerless content. That's why he's listed as a qualifying market by the SWFA--next to towering giants including Tor and countless other booksellers and magazines. He's out there all by himself, and the SFWA decided to create their new anthology category based on his successful publications; the collections of stories he's released are literally in a category all on their own. He stands alone, and while no man is an Island, Alex is certainly a helluva peninsula. He's a genius, I don't mind telling you, but without the ego that most of us have. I'll do business with him as long as he continues to sell novels and anthologies--hell, he could produce a pop-up book in Japanese about fairy dust and unicorns, and I'd buy it in a heartbeat because I know that he is the best and so is his product--It doesn't get any better than this.
Thanks, Alex, and keep 'em coming! I'll always want at least one!
(A short note of personal disclosure: I was given nothing in exchange for a charitable review. It's all too common these days for these disclaimers to say there was a bribe of money, credit, parts or accessories in return for a good review. That is not the case here. He's just that good. 'Nuff said.")
The stories that stood out for me include:
"Crumbs" by Esther Friesner is a retelling of the classic fairy tale "Hansel & Gretel" wherein a young knight finds out what _really_ went on between his father, his aunt and that witch in the woods.
"Giantkiller" by G. Scott Huggins is an espionage/From-the-secret-files-of retelling of the classic fairy tale "Jack the Giant Killer" that shows how perspective and spin can not only affect how the story ends up getting told but can also affect the actual events themselves.
"The Blue Corpse Corps" by Jim C. Hines is a short story about a runty near-sighted goblin named Jig who survives by his wits in spite of the considerable decks stacked against him. Jig first appeared in Hines' novel Goblin Quest and has shown up in other stories since.
"Librarians in the Branch Library of Babel" by Shaenon K. Garrity is an amazing bit of world-building centered around the idea of an infinite library and how it would manifest. For me, this story by itself makes the entire anthology worth buying.
I can't say that Funny Fantasy blew me away, but all of the stories made for an engaging read and at least four were a cut above the norm for the genre.
Recommended for anyone who likes humorous fantasy and is looking for something to spend a pleasant couple of hours with.