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—Des Moines Register on The Avram Davidson Treasury
"Not merely a treasury, it's a genuine treasure. Some of its pages will carry you away to strange seas and shores, others will show you the marvellous within the seemingly ordinary, and just about all of them will take your breath away. But that's what magicians do."
—The Washington Post Book World on The Avram Davidson Treasury
"Of all writers (except, perhaps, Kipling), the most likely to insert the marvellous into the everyday."
—Guy Davenport on Avram Davidson
"One of the finest short-story writers ever to use the English language."
—Robert Silverberg on Avram Davidson
"Avram Davidson may have been one of the great short story writers of our times, in or out of the fantasy/science fiction genre."
—Gardner Dozois on Avram Davidson
"Davidson was beyond question one of the unjustly neglected writers of the 20th century, an author of immense talent."
—Gene Wolfe on Avram Davidson
Posted December 9, 2008
This is a reprint of a book released in 1993 just before the author died. In it Mr. Davidson provides fifteen essays on a variety of mythological and supernatural characters in which he uses what is considered fact supplemented by conjecture to explain the legends of dragons, Sinbad as well as werewolves, and unicorns, etc. Each entry is written to excite the reader who learns what led to the formation of a particular legend to include who Aleister Crowley, and what is the Secret of Hyperborea. Tis work is well written with terrific small black and white illustrations by George Barr that enhance the text and these fifteen discussions feel more like short stories than ancient historical treatises. Fantasy fans will find this delightful charming collection fascinating as the audience will agree with Mr. Davidson assertion that a wombat is real and a dragon is not but people can describe a dragon how many can describe a wombat?----------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.