Bending the Landscape: Fantasy

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Overview

The stories we tell are not limited to monsters and harsh otherworlds. Yet the fiction books in the Borealis imprint certainly belong to a world other than our own. This line encompasses our science fiction, fantasy and horror novels and anthologies.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The "bending" is sexual as well as physical in this collection of 23 all-original fantasy stories with gay and lesbian content. Never gratuitous, the emphasis on homosexuality ranges from heavy (explicit erotica) to light (tales whose protagonists' sexuality is almost incidental to the plot). Editors Griffith (Ammonite) and Pagel (owner of a small SF press) have included fantasy adventure ("In Mysterious Ways," by Tanya Huff), stories of relationships and magic ("Fall of the Kings," by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman) and tales with a contemporary spin (Mark Shepherd's "Gary in the Shadows" and Kim Antieau's "Desire"). There are even fables or folktales ("The King's Folly," by James A. Moore, and Jessica Amanda Salmonson's delightful "Young Lady Who Loved Caterpillars"). No story is less than worthwhile, and some are far better than that; notably lacking is the pseudo-archaism of much high fantasy. It's only readers who object to gay subject matter who won't enjoy being bent by this provocative volume. (Mar.) FYI: Further Bending the Landscape volumes will cover SF and horror.
Library Journal
In this collection of commissioned stories, gay and straight writers-including Mark W. Tiedemann, Kim Antieu, and Ellen Kushner-incorporate gay themes into fantasy stories. Many have explicit homosexual sex scenes. This first of a proposed trilogy (the others will cover science fiction and horror) brings a new perspective to the genre. For lesbian, gay, and bisexual literature collections as well as larger sf collections.
Kirkus Reviews
From the Seattle-based Griffith (Slow River, 1995, etc.) and White Wolf publishing executive Pagel, the first of a gender- bending series of anthologies (a volume of sf stories and another of horror are projected) whose purpose is to have "some queer writers write fantasy for the first time, and for some genre writers to explore queer characters," not to mention a table of contents set in a typeface so bizarre as to be almost indecipherable. Here, then, are 23 fantasies with gay/lesbian characters or themes. Carolyn Ives Gilman's splendid "Frost Painting" explores ancient spirits, love, and dazzling new forms of art. Leslie What's "Beside the Well" describes a Korean family's implacable clash of wills. In "The King's Folly," James A. Moore pursues the downfall of a foolish and arrogant monarch and the strange fate of his faithful advisor. Two stories derive from the shared-world setting of Thieves' World. Others feature ghosts, folktales, why things fall from the sky, singing whales, a diner with immortality on the menu, a vampire painter, the Magicians of Fez, noblesse oblige, vengeance, Japan, lighthouses, mysterious deaths, Louis XIV, Pearl Harbor, and more.

Well and confidently crafted and often sexually challenging, but in other respects neither particularly original nor surprising.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565048362
  • Publisher: White Wolf Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/20/1997
  • Series: Bending the Landscape Series , #1
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Frost painting 13
Gary, in the shadows 35
Prince of the dark green sea 55
Water snakes 61
Gestures too late on a gravel road 79
The fall of the kings 89
Cloudmaker 123
Magicked tricks 135
The sound of angels 159
The king's folly 167
Beside the well 185
The home town boy 195
Expression of desire 211
There are things which are hidden from the eyes of the everyday 221
Full moon and empty arms 233
Mahu 249
The stars are tears 271
Desire 289
Young lady who loved caterpillars 305
In memory of 311
In mysterious ways 331
In the house of the man in the moon 353
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