The very best in whimsical and hilarious fantasy writing, this collection features specially commissioned stories by such masters of the fanciful imagination as Rabelais and Swift, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, P.G. Wodehouse, and James Thurber.
Includes stories by
rating: 3 of 5 stars
Let me start by saying that this is a huge book. There are only 512 pages, but it seems to go on forever. I think that this book would be enjoyed most if it was placed on a coffee table in your living room and picked up every now and again when you are in the mood for a short read. But to sit down and read it straight through was quite a chore.
I originally picked this book up solely for the Terry Pratchett Discworld story 'Troll Bridge'. But there are quite a few great stories in here. My favorite was probably 'A Fortnight of Miracles' by Randall Garrett -- but there were quite a few others worth mentioning --
Pizza To Go by Tom Holt
Death Swatch by Esther Friesner
Alaska by John Morressy
The Return of Mad Santa by Al Sarrantonio
Ruella in Love by Molly Brown
I know that there were others that I enjoyed as well, but these stick out.
Overall a fun read, but one that probably needs to be savored in small bites.
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