Legends II: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy Audio Cassette – Unabridged, December 30, 2003
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“There’s enough color, vitality and bravura displays of mythmaking in this rich sampler . . . to sate faithful fans and nurture new readers on the stuff of legends still being created.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A book that a fantasy reader would be proud to own.”
“A superb Baedecker to the fantasy worlds of 11 of the field's finest writers.” —Dallas Morning News
“An enjoyable sampler of the best high fantasy available today.”
—San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
From the Hardcover edition.
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
The first Legends anthology, which was published in 1998, contained eleven never-before-published short novels by eleven best-selling fantasy writers, each story set in the special universe of the imagination that its author had made famous throughout the world. It was intended as the definitive anthology of modern fantasy, andâ€“judging by the reception the book received from readers worldwideâ€“it succeeded at that.
And now comes Legends II. If the first book was definitive, why do another one?
The short answer is that fantasy is inexhaustible. There are always new stories to tell, new writers to tell them; and no theme, no matter
how hoary, can ever be depleted.
As I said in the introduction to the first volume, fantasy is the oldest branch of imaginative literatureâ€“as old as the human imagination itself. It is not difficult to believe that the same artistic impulse that produced the extraordinary cave paintings of Lascaux and Altamira and Chauvet, fifteen and twenty and even thirty thousand years ago, also probably produced astounding tales of gods and demons, of talismans and spells, of dragons and werewolves, of wondrous lands beyond the horizonâ€“tales that fur-clad shamans recited to fascinated audiences around the campfires of Ice Age Europe. So, too, in torrid Africa, in the China of prehistory, in ancient India, in the Americas: everywhere, in fact, on and on back through time for thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years. I like to think that the storytelling impulse is universalâ€“that there have been storytellers as long as there have been beings in this world that could be spoken of as â€œhumanâ€?â€“and that those storytellers have in particular devoted their skills and energies and talents, throughout our long evolutionary path, to the creation of extraordinary marvels and wonders. The Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh is a tale of fantasy; so, too, is Homerâ€™s Odyssey, and on and on up through such modern fantasists as E. R. Eddison, A. Merritt, H. P. Lovecraft, and J. R. R. Tolkien, and all the great science-fiction writers from Verne and Wells to our own time. (I include science fiction because science fiction, as I see it, belongs firmly in the fantasy category: It is a specialized branch of fantasy, a technology-oriented kind of visionary literature in which the imagination is given free play for the sake of making the scientifically impossible, or at least the implausible, seem altogether probable.)
Many of the contributors to the first Legends were eager to return to their special worlds of fantasy for a second round. Several of them
raised the subject of a new anthology so often that finally I began to agree with them that a second book would be a good idea. And here it is. Six writersâ€“Orson Scott Card, George R. R. Martin, Raymond E. Feist, Anne McCaffrey, Tad Williams, and myselfâ€“have returned from the first one. Joining them are four othersâ€“Robin Hobb, Elizabeth Haydon, Diana Gabaldon, and Neil Gaimanâ€“who have risen to great fame among fantasy enthusiasts since the first anthology was published, and one grand veteran of fantasy, Terry Brooks, who had found himself unable at the last minute to participate in the first volume of Legends but who joins us for this one.
My thanks are due once again to my wife, Karen, and to my literary agent, Ralph Vicinanza, both of whom aided me in all sorts of ways in the preparation of this book, and, of course, to all the authors who came through with such splendid stories. I acknowledge also a debt of special gratitude to Betsy Mitchell of Del Rey Books, whose sagacious advice and unfailing good cheer were essential to the project. Without her help this book most literally would not have come into being.
From the Hardcover edition.
- Publisher : Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (December 30, 2003)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0739310828
- ISBN-13 : 978-0739310823
- Item Weight : 5 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.42 x 1.15 x 7.04 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,347,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From what I read, I personally wouldn’t have a problem with one of my children reading it, especially since the romances, such as they are, are basically the ending of the story with a boy and a girl realizing that they had a lot in common and, by the way, that the boy/girl was cute. Safe stuff.
Dunk and Egg is a great look back into the history of Westeros (although you'll want to read the first Dunk and Egg story first). Well written and fun.
The story about Shadow in Great Britain is fantastic. IMHO, Gaiman may be the best post-modern writer in regard to beauty of prose.
If nothing else, these two stories are worth the cost of the book.
George Martin once again added a wonderful tale to the world of Song of Fire and Ice. "A Hedgeknight's Tale" was probably the best tale in the first Legends book and the story in Legends II is almost as good. Gaiman's short story for the "American God's" world is a must for fans. Card does a decent job and you'll want to read this story before reading "Chrystal City." Haydon's story is also good even if you've never read any of her other work.
The only total bomb in this was McCaffrey's short story explaining what happens to dragons that become lost between. Even fans of the Pern novels should skip this one.
Top reviews from other countries
The confusion is caused due to a reprinted where the book was split into two volumes under the titles of "Legends II: Shadow, Gods, and Demons" & "Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King".
(PS: I bought the book and this is not speculative, also a review of the Quality of the Book to come soon)
Titles in this book:
Realm of the Elderlings;
by Robin hobb
A song of Ice and Fire;
The Sworn Sword
by George R.R. Martin
The Tales of Alvin maker;
The Yazoo Queen
by Orson Scott Card
Lord John and the Succubus
by Diana Gabaldon
The Book of Changes
by Robert Silverberg
The Happiest Dead Boy in the World
by Tad Williams
by Anne McCaffrey
by Raymond E. Feist
The Symphony of Ages;
by Elizebeth Haydon
The Monarch of the Glen
by Neil Gaiman
by Terry Brooks
Martins Geschichte hat mich dann bewogen Legends II zu kaufen und die war so gut wie erwartet, daneben bringen aber auch die anderen Autoren neue Geschichten aus ihren den Fantasy-Lesern bekannten Welten. Die Qualität der einzelnen Kurzgeschichten ist unterschiedlich aber jeder der Autoren hat seine eigenen Fans, was der Eine gut findet, wird von anderen kritischer gelesen werden. Ich denke für den günstigen E-Book Preis ist für jeden etwas dabei.
Was den Erwerb dieses Buches für deutschsprachige Leser besonders empfehlenswert macht ist, dass man quasi nebenher durch die Kurzgeschichten mit dem Schreibstil verschiedener bekannter Fantasyautoren vertraut wird. Die Geschichten sind lang genug um sich ein Urteil über den Stil und den Schwierigkeitsgrad der englischen Texte bilden zu können, der sehr unterschiedlich sein kann. Einige Autoren kann man mit gutem Schulenglisch ohne Probleme lesen, andere sind durch ihr Vokabular, ihren Satzbau oder besondere Schreibweisen anspruchsvoller. Orsan Scott Card verwendet z. B. eine Art Lautschrift um mundartliche Besonderheiten darzustellen, ist aber ansonsten nicht übermäßig schwierig. Im Grundsatz muss ich feststellen, dass die englischen Texte häufig besser sind als die deutschen Übersetzungen, gute Übersetzer sind genauso selten wie gute Autoren.
Fazit: Eine Reihe guter Kurzgeschichten und eine Möglichkeit sich günstig mit verschiedenen Original-texten/stilen vertraut zu machen.