Swords and Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery [NOOK Book]

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Seventeen original tales of sword and sorcery penned by masters old and new

Elric . . . the Black Company . . . Majipoor. For years, these have been some of the names that have captured the hearts of generations of readers and embodied the sword and sorcery genre. And now some of the most beloved and bestselling fantasy writers working today deliver stunning all-new sword and sorcery stories in an anthology of small stakes but high action, grim humor mixed with gritty ...

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Swords and Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery

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Overview

Seventeen original tales of sword and sorcery penned by masters old and new

Elric . . . the Black Company . . . Majipoor. For years, these have been some of the names that have captured the hearts of generations of readers and embodied the sword and sorcery genre. And now some of the most beloved and bestselling fantasy writers working today deliver stunning all-new sword and sorcery stories in an anthology of small stakes but high action, grim humor mixed with gritty violence, fierce monsters and fabulous treasures, and, of course, swordplay. Don't miss the adventure of the decade!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Editors Strahan (Eclipse 3) and Anders (Fast Forward 2) present 17 original stories that recall the classic works of Robert E. Howard and Fritz Leiber. To earn the book’s subtitle of “The New Sword and Sorcery,” Gene Wolfe puts on literary airs (“Bloodsport”); Tim Lebbon contributes some of the graphic horror and moral twists of the New Weird (“The Deification of Dal Balmore”); and Caitlín R. Kiernan introduces a complicated heroine rescued by the ostensible villain (“The Sea Troll’s Daughter”). But most of the stories are more traditional tales of apprentice mages coming-of-age and down-on-their-luck mercenaries facing unexpected perils. Fans of the classics will appreciate the tie-ins to familiar series by Michael Moorcock, Glen Cook, and Robert Silverberg, plus a “fully authorized” Cugel the Clever cameo by Michael Shea. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062000286
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 484,535
  • File size: 697 KB

Meet the Author

Jonathan Strahan has co-edited The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy series of anthologies for HarperCollins Australia, co-edits the Science Fiction: The Best of . . . and Fantasy: The Best of . . . anthology series with Karen Haber for Simon & Schuster/ibooks, edits the Best Short Novels anthology series for the Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club, and co-edited The Locus Awards for Eos with Charles N. Brown. He is also the Reviews Editor for Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Fields, and reviews for the magazine regularly. He is currently working on The New Space Opera II.

A 2009/2008/2007 Hugo Award nominee, 2008 Philip K. Dick Award nominee, 2008/2006 Chesley Award winner/nominee, and 2006 World Fantasy Award nominee, Lou Anders is the editorial director of Prometheus Books' science fiction and fantasy imprint Pyr, as well as the anthologies With Great Power... (Gallery Books, July 2010), Swords & Dark Magic (Eos, June 2010, coedited with Jonathan Strahan), Fast Forward 2 (Pyr, October 2008), Sideways in Crime (Solaris, June 2008), Fast Forward 1 (Pyr, February 2007), FutureShocks (Roc, January 2006), Projections: Science Fiction in Literature & Film (MonkeyBrain, December 2004), Live Without a Net (Roc, 2003), andOutside the Box (Wildside Press, 2001). In 2000, he served as the Executive Editor of Bookface, and before that he worked as the Los Angeles Liaison for Titan Publishing Group. He is the author of The Making of Star Trek: First Contact (Titan Books, 1996), and has published over 500 articles in such magazines as The Believer, Publishers Weekly, Dreamwatch, DeathRay, free inquiry, Star Trek Monthly, Star Wars Monthly, Babylon 5 Magazine, Sci Fi Universe, Doctor Who Magazine, and Manga Max. His articles and stories have been translated into Danish, Greek, German, Italian & French.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Gargamel

    Dynablade specalizes in arial strikes in almost any form. Her wings are razor-sharp, making them efficient for slicing and dicing. Oh yeah, and she can spew fireballs. How? I don't know. Btb, the invincible lolipop was a nice touch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Kirby and the Dark Phoenix: Chapter 5

    Daro stood in his lair. The spear that the Waddle Dee threw at him was removed, then snapped into two. Having spied on the trio through scrying, he came up with plan to stop their search while sending out a search party to find the Dark Sword. He screeched to his servant, Mecha Waddle Dee, which was made of bronze and copper with green LED lights for eyes, "Unleash the Dynablade!" It nodded and went to a shaking cage.<p>***<p>Kirby and his friends have traveled many miles. "Are we there yet?" Groaned Epic. Kirby shook his head. Lumin spoke up. "It would not hurt to stop and rest." Kirby and Epic agreed. It was nearing dark. Epic dug out some food from her backpack. Epic always think ahead: she brought food, water, tomatoes, powers (in form of stars), even a lollipop (which makes Kirby invincible). Kirby and Epic shared some dried fruit, while Lumin nibbled on some bread. Then they slept for the night, nightmares overriding thier minds as the Star Rod was no longer there protect against them<p>Kirby woke up to the sound of rustling. The others were up, which suggested they heard the sound, too. Then twenty Waddle Dees jumped out, half having spears while the other half carried parasols. But the thing that stood out that they were made out of darkness! No doubt they were Daro's minions. Kirby quickly inhaled one holding a spear and spitted it out against another Dark Waddle Dee holding a parasol, grabbing the parasol while the two dissappeared into darkness. Epic whipped out her new spear and st<_>abbed one in the gut, which, too, vanished. Unable to harm them, Lumin distracted the Waddle Dees. But they were outnumbered! Suddenly, something knocked over three Dark Waddle Dees. "Was that my imagination, or did somethin' just knocked over those Waddle Dees?" Asked Epic. The thing slowed down. It was a wheel with an eye on each eye. Two more things, one a black cat wearing a ninja costume with a sheathed katana on its back and another which, to put it simply, looks like a walking yellow helmet with no eyes which was holding a scythe. The ninja cat threw shurikans at five of the Dark Waddle Dees, while the helmet sl<_>iced through three others. Kirby and Epic finished off the rest. Epic walked up to the ninja cat and asked "Who the what are you guys?" The cat replied "I am Tac, the wheel is Wheelie, and the helmet is Sir Kibbles." Epic snorted "Sir Kibbles." Kirby gestured to them asking if they're friend or foe. "Depends who you are." Answered Wheelie. "In your case, friend." A screech was heard behind him. A rainbow bird stood over them. "In HIS case, foe." Continued Wheelie.<p>((Just a question: what attacks can Dynablade do? Anyway, this is one of mah longer chapters. Hope you enjoyed it. Epicness out!))

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    strong fantasy anthology

    Although this strong fantasy anthology claims to be the new sword and sorcery, most of the entries feel like entertaining throwbacks to Robert E. Howard or to a contributor's long running series. None of the entries are clinkers; in fact most are quite strong. "The Sea Troll's Daughter" by Caitl&#237;n R. Kiernan stars a villain rescuing a damsel in distress while Steven Erickson presents the multiple perspectives of five surviving riders of the Goats of Glory troop retreating from an invincible enemy. However, much of the fun in this fine collection resides with the return of heroes (and antiheroes). Michael Moorcock contributes Elric in "Red Pearls"; Cugel the Clever stars in Michael Shea's "Dapple How the Tint Master"; "Dark Times at the Midnight Market" by Robert Silverberg is led by Majipoor: and finally the Black Company of Glen Cook heads "Tides Elba". With the rest of the authors being a who's who of fantasy, readers will enjoy Sword and Dark Magic although once again the compilation is less the "New Sword and Sorcery" and more homage to the late great Mr. Howard.

    Harriet Klausner

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