Swords and Sorcerers: Stories from the Worlds of Fantasy and Adventure

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Although the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars franchises have brought swashbuckling fantasy back into the public imagination, they themselves are the product of a rich literary tradition. As Wizards provided relief for those who had read every Harry Potter and still wanted more, so will Swords and Sorcerers be a natural for those who can't get enough of Tolkien and the Jedi. These stories from the worlds of fantasy and adventure will appeal to everyone from fans of the alternate universes created by Philip ...

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Overview

Although the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars franchises have brought swashbuckling fantasy back into the public imagination, they themselves are the product of a rich literary tradition. As Wizards provided relief for those who had read every Harry Potter and still wanted more, so will Swords and Sorcerers be a natural for those who can't get enough of Tolkien and the Jedi. These stories from the worlds of fantasy and adventure will appeal to everyone from fans of the alternate universes created by Philip Pullman, Brian Jacques, and C. S. Lewis to those drawn by the legends of the Knights of the Round Table, from readers ready for The Three Musketeers and Robin Hood, to those raised on the video of The Princess Bride. In Swords and Sorcerers, readers will find great stories and great characters in worlds of great writing: the best work of contemporary masters such as William Goldman, Tim Powers, and Susan Cooper; long-treasured authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, T. H. White, and Alexandre Dumas, and a rich lode of surprising and forgotten gems.

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Publishers Weekly
Swords and Sorcerers: Stories from the World of Fantasy and Adventure, edited by Clint Willis, offers 19 chapters or excerpts from longer works as well as individual tales by a wide range of classic and modern authors, including Lord Dunsany, T.H. White, J.M. Barrie and Bernard Cornwell. Those familiar only with Tolkien and Harry Potter will discover a rich literary tradition in these pages.
Library Journal
From William Goldman's tongue-in-cheek modern fairy tale The Princess Bride to Mark Twain's Arthurian classic, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, the 19 selections in this collection showcase fantasy's memorable and significant works that have enjoyed mainstream popularity; most of them are excerpted from full-length works. Lesser-known selections by Lord Dunsany (The Hoard of the Gibbelins), epic sagas such as The Illiad and The Legend of Beowulf, and fairy tales like the Brothers Grimm's The Gallant Tailor make this a volume for all ages. A suitable addition to YA, adult fantasy, and general fiction collections in large libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A resolutely fun and exciting collection that spans the gamut of magical fiction. Like something out of a dim and almost forgotten pre-Goosebumps era, this new gathering from Willis takes a page or two from a time when Alexandre Dumas was beloved by escape-seeking young adults—and it’s a wonderful thing that he was. The volume kicks off with the sprightly dueling scene from William Goldman’s The Princess Bride and continues on through swashbuckling ripsnorters from Dumas, the tales of Robin Hood, and even Twain’s bitingly sarcastic Connecticut Yankee. As for older material, Willis includes an amusing segment of China’s ancient Monkey fairy tale by Wu Cheng-en and a bloody, dramatic 19th-century prose translation of Beowulf and an action-packed piece from the Japanese samurai epic Musashi. A revelation for some readers might be a piece out of J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy, which is far more humorous and violent than generations raised on the Disney film might ever have realized. A greatest hits compilation that scores with every selection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560254157
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/2002
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
from The Princess Bride 1
from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood 11
from Monkey 29
from A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court 59
from The Three Musketeers 89
The Hoard of the Gibbelins 129
The Legend of Beowulf 135
from The Hegeling Legend 151
from The Iliad for Boys and Girls 159
from Grimbold's Other World 171
from Peter and Wendy 185
from Musashi 203
The Gallant Tailor 243
Morgan le Fay 253
from King Arthur and His Knights 269
The Story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 283
from Excalibur 313
Acknowledgments 333
Permissions 335
Bibliography 337
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