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Here are 44 compelling tales of the fantastic--many never before anthologized--by such classic writers as L. Frank Baum and Charles Dickens through today's finest writers, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ and Michael Moorcock. Here are 44 compelling tales of the fantastic--many never before anthologized--by such classic writers as L. Frank Baum and Charles Dickens through today's finest writers, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ and Michael Moorcock.


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Here are 44 compelling tales of the fantastic--many never before anthologized--by such classic writers as L. Frank Baum and Charles Dickens through today's finest writers, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ and Michael Moorcock. Here are 44 compelling tales of the fantastic--many never before anthologized--by such classic writers as L. Frank Baum and Charles Dickens through today's finest writers, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ and Michael Moorcock.

30 review for Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kalin

    A generally enjoyable compilation, although I found many of the older pieces to be--well, past their prime. ;) A few words about/from my favorites: https://choveshkata.net/forum/viewtop... A generally enjoyable compilation, although I found many of the older pieces to be--well, past their prime. ;) A few words about/from my favorites: https://choveshkata.net/forum/viewtop...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    This book is literally a who's who of famous authors: Le Guin, Baum, Bradbury, Twain, Dickens, Dunsany, Moorcock, Morris, Delaney, Saki, Hawthorne, etc., etc., etc. Some very good stories here. Covers the period from the 1800's up through the 1980's. This book is literally a who's who of famous authors: Le Guin, Baum, Bradbury, Twain, Dickens, Dunsany, Moorcock, Morris, Delaney, Saki, Hawthorne, etc., etc., etc. Some very good stories here. Covers the period from the 1800's up through the 1980's.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Like most anthologies, this is a mix of good and mediocre and really good. One of the bigger, more unusual selling points is that range contained within the covers. It is not stuck in one century or in one area of the world. The stories reach back to the 1800's and onwards so it's interesting to see how the idea of fantasy changed over time. Not to mention language. Like most anthologies, this is a mix of good and mediocre and really good. One of the bigger, more unusual selling points is that range contained within the covers. It is not stuck in one century or in one area of the world. The stories reach back to the 1800's and onwards so it's interesting to see how the idea of fantasy changed over time. Not to mention language.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Howard Brazee

    I didn't enjoy most of the stories from the 19th century, but liked the stories I remember from a half-century ago. But it's good to read them if you're interested in fantasy. I didn't enjoy most of the stories from the 19th century, but liked the stories I remember from a half-century ago. But it's good to read them if you're interested in fantasy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Some good stories, some meh stories. Good lunchtime reading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Unfortunately, the title oversells it slightly. Not all of these are "masterpieces"; some have been rescued from an obscurity that they richly deserved. Others are masterpieces, or at least good stories, but I had read about half of those already. I got this volume (second-hand; no Kindle edition is available) the same week that the unfortunate death of its editor was announced, and thought that reading it would be a suitable way of honouring his contribution to the SFF field. It's disappointing Unfortunately, the title oversells it slightly. Not all of these are "masterpieces"; some have been rescued from an obscurity that they richly deserved. Others are masterpieces, or at least good stories, but I had read about half of those already. I got this volume (second-hand; no Kindle edition is available) the same week that the unfortunate death of its editor was announced, and thought that reading it would be a suitable way of honouring his contribution to the SFF field. It's disappointing, therefore, that I didn't think it was an especially great collection. Some of the pieces are by famous pre-20th-century or early-20th-century authors, not all of whom are thought of primarily as SFF writers: Charles Dickens ("The Magic Fishbone"), Nathaniel Hawthorne ("Feathertop: A Moralized Legend"), Horace Walpole ("Hieroglyphic Tales"), John Collier ("Bird of Prey"), Frank R. Stockton ("The Bee-Man of Orn"), Mark Twain ("The Canvasser's Tale"), Saki ("Tobermory"), William Morris ("Lindenborg Pool"), Sara Coleridge ("Phantasmion"), L. Frank Baum ("American Fairy Tales"). Most of these, unfortunately, while of historical interest in some cases, are not outstanding or memorable stories. Some had not been reprinted for a long time before this volume, and generally I could see why. Other pieces are genre classics from well-known SFF masters: Ursula K. Le Guin ("The Rule of Names", from the Earthsea setting), Joanna Russ ("The Man Who Could Not See Devils"), Gene Wolfe ("The Detective of Dreams"), Theodore Sturgeon ("The Silken-Swift"), Fritz Lieber ("Space-Time for Springers"), A. Merritt ("The Moon Pool"), Lord Dunsany ("The Sword of Welleran"), Poul Anderson ("Operation Afreet"). These stories are all deservedly well known, and found in plenty of other collections; I've read them all elsewhere, some more than once. There's a third group of authors who are more obscure, and whose stories are also somewhat obscure; Margaret St. Clair's "The Goddess on the Street Corner", Wyman Guin's "The Root and the Ring", Lucy Clifford's "The New Mother", Christopher Pearse Cranch's "The Last of the Huggermuggers", Stephen Vincent Benet's "The King of the Cats", Kenneth Morris's "3 Tales". None of them inspired me to track down more work by these authors. A fourth and final group contains well-known SFF authors represented by stories that I hadn't previously read: Elizabeth A. Lynn's "The Red Hawk", Anthony Boucher's "Mr. Lupescu", Ray Bradbury's "Uncle Einar", Avram Davidson's "Great Is Diana", Philip K. Dick's "The King of the Elves", Samuel R. Delaney's "The Tale of Dragons and Dreamers", L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt's "The Green Magician", Robert A. Heinlein's "Our Fair City", and Michael Moorcock's apparently self-parodying "Elric at the End of Time". Most of these I enjoyed; a couple I found forgettable. Averaging the stories out, then, I give the collection as a whole three stars. There's some good stuff, but some very ordinary stuff along with it, and about half of the good stuff is already widely collected.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Knapp

    I do enjoy some Fantasy, but some of these tales were so outrageous, I just couldn't relate to at all, not even a chuckle could be enjoyed. I struggled to get through most of the stories that I did read, and finally just gave up. It was not holding my interest well enough to keep me reading on. I do enjoy some Fantasy, but some of these tales were so outrageous, I just couldn't relate to at all, not even a chuckle could be enjoyed. I struggled to get through most of the stories that I did read, and finally just gave up. It was not holding my interest well enough to keep me reading on.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Twentysome years later, I would recommend looking at this collection as a history of short form fantasy, often hard to push through, but with many interesting gems, and a good lesson on the roots of the genre.

  9. 5 out of 5

    bluetyson

    Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment by David G. Hartwell (1996)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    A wonderful collection of fantasy stories.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  12. 5 out of 5

    Namhla

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  14. 4 out of 5

    Glen

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sunny Fryer

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ribblefizz

  21. 4 out of 5

    Twoina

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lordpeterw

  24. 4 out of 5

    William Lexner

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  26. 5 out of 5

    Adam Meek

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pghbekka

  28. 5 out of 5

    God O'Wax

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eric

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