Fantasy Gone Wrong

Fantasy Gone Wrong

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by Martin H. Greenberg
     
 

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Everyone knows that heroes should triumph, dragons should be slain, and maidens should be rescued. But what if things don't go according to plan?

Here are 16 fun tales of magic gone awry - from an author whose unicorn protagonist takes control of the story to a person who can hear food talking with strange events and surprising consequences in between.

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Everyone knows that heroes should triumph, dragons should be slain, and maidens should be rescued. But what if things don't go according to plan?

Here are 16 fun tales of magic gone awry - from an author whose unicorn protagonist takes control of the story to a person who can hear food talking with strange events and surprising consequences in between.

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Publishers Weekly
In this delightful anthology, 16 authors take traditional fantasy premises and color them ironic. The only criteria for inclusion is a whimsical sense of humor and a keen appreciation for the fantasy genre, giving the writers-among them veterans like Alan Dean Foster, as well as virtual unknowns-plenty of room to make their unique voices heard. Almost without fail, the results are entertaining, amusing and original, and remarkably self-contained. Expanding the genre beyond the usual "wizards and dragons" limitations, authors bring to bear such modern phenomena as psychoanalysis, online video gaming, criminology and management techniques. Of particular note are "Food Fight" by Foster, an intensely funny tale of a man whose food speaks to him; Christina F. York's cheeky "A Day at the Unicorn Races"; and "The Murder of Mr. Wolf" by Josepha Sherman, a police procedural that skewers nursery rhyme and fairy tale staples like Hickory Dickory Doc and Little Red Riding Hood. Though not always as clever as it thinks it is, Greenberg and Koren's refreshing collection should strike fantasy fans just right. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101099032
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
09/05/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,037,170
File size:
322 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author


Martin H. Greenberg was honored in 1995 by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and is the president of TEKNO books. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Brittiany A. Koren knew she might want to be a writer since she was five years old and walked into her dining room where her mother and grandmother were playing backgamon and announced that when she grew up she wanted to be a lawyer like her grandfather, a prima ballerina becuase it's good exercise,  or a writer because making up stories is fun.  By the time she reached high school and could do 65 words a minute on the typewriter, she knew writing was the path for her.  She can be found at writtendreams.com.

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Fantasy Gone Wrong 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book when I needed a break from textbooks and was extremely pleased. The collection of shorts are very good, with a couple that stand out as being absolutely wonderful. Here are my favorites: To start off with, Battle of Wits by Mickey Zucker Reichert is a story about a character taking over the story. I've always wanted to see a story like this, and Reichert doesn't disappoint. Goblin Lullaby by Jim C. Hines tells a story mocking the typical 'quest' from the point of a overworked Goblin mother. The Murder of Mr. Wolf by Josepha Sherman is a melding of fantasy and detective done in such a smooth way that is fits perfectly in this book and is a great tongue-and-cheek nod to the world of fantasy. And my absolute favorite is Food Fight by Alan Dean Foster. You just have to love a short that starts off with the line, 'My coffee keeps insulting me'. If you're looking for a quick, fun, fantasy read, look no further. This one is guaranteed to please.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This sixteen tale fantasy anthology is filled with humorous satires that ironically lampoon the genre. Fans will laugh at the slapstick musings of authors like Alan Dean Foster, Brian Stableford, and Fiona Patton, etc. who all sixteen take amusing barbs at their own work. Everything is a target as heroes are psychoanalyzed, goblins sing lullabies, and food talks back to their diner with contempt even as the different morsels fight amongst themselves for gastronomical supremacy. Perhaps it is because it reminds this reviewer of the works of Jasper Fforde my personal favorite is the nursery rhyme police procedural 'The Murder of Mr. Wolf' by Josepha Sherman. The delightful jocular Shrek legacy lives in characters like Thimble Jack the Pixie or the media frenzy over items like ¿Local Pauper to wed Princess Penelope¿ as this witty fantasy goes right. --- Harriet Klausner