Saturday, July 03, 2010

Book Review: Sword and Sorceress XXIII

 This thirteenth issue of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s anthology Sword and Sorceress was edited by Elisabeth Waters. It is the first one I’ve read. Judging by this one, I’ve missed out on some great stories. Until I started blogging and met so many fantasy/magical arts writers, I rarely read books or stories in this genre. Marian Allen, one of the authors included in this anthology, generously sent me a copy of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress XXIII.

One thing I liked was that Elisabeth Waters, who edited the book, wrote a short introduction for each story. She’d tell a snippet about the story and/or the author, sometimes letting the reader know that the story character lives on in the author’s books.

Usually, I read novels, although I sometimes tackle nonfiction books about writing (primarily). This anthology was great fun. I could read a story in one sitting. When I picked up the book again, I didn’t have to try to remember what happened before since I would be starting a new, standalone story. A lot of the authors were returning and even told stories with characters who had appeared in earlier anthologies. Almost all are authors published in magazines, novels or other anthologies. Their experience in writing came through in these nineteen stories. I enjoyed them all.

Here’s part of the blurb on the back cover:
 Here are nineteen original stories of powerful women, swashbuckling and magic, spells and duels, arcane sorcery and heroic sacrifice, written by familiar spell-casters of wonder and bright newcomers who are sure to become favorites.
You don’t have to get the book because you love fantasy. Sword and Sorceress XXIII will make you a fan, plus introduce you to new authors to follow.
FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by Marian Allen, one of the anthology’s authors, most likely in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review, although it did influence my attitude toward fantasy. Since Marian signed this copy, it’s going on my bookshelf, which, if my husband doesn’t find time to prop up, will soon crash to the floor since it’s already tilting that direction. It’s to the point that I’ve given up on alphabetizing the books. Now they’re just stacked or slipped into crevices in what used to be my closet library, but has now been taken over by my son’s clothes. Frankly, I think having an organized library is more important than my son having clothes. But I seem to be in the minority.
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  1. This sounds like fun...and your disclaimer, as usual, got me chuckling!

  2. I've read a few of these anthologies over the years. I've always loved fantasy. I've found so many great authors through these books! :)

  3. You're right, Jemi, it is a good way to find authors who you'd like to read on a longer level.

  4. I've not read any of her books, although I heard The Dark Over was good.

    As always, your disclaimer is priceless.

  5. Hi! I sent you a copy because you commented on The Bluestocking Guide when I posted there. :) I'm glad you enjoyed the stories, and I'm glad you've discovered a taste for fantasy.

  6. I haven't picked up an anthology for a few years. Maybe it's time I try another one.

  7. Thank you Marian. I'd forgotten that. And thank you Bluestocking Guide!

    Susan, I really enjoyed the anthology and being able to read a full story in one setting.

  8. Hi Helen,

    I am such a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley. She hooked me with The Mists of Avalon, my all-time favorite read.

    I'm also a fan of Marian Allen. She's a contributor to The Write Type, a multi-author blog I created a few years ago. Marian shares great writing tips over there.

    By the way, thank you for stopping by my blog The suspense is killing me!

    And finally, would you be interested in hosting me during my "Cherish the Romance" Virtual Book Tour (Sept. 28th to Oct. 10th)? :-)

    Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
    bestselling Canadian author

  9. You should do a class on how the write great "FTC Full Disclosures" for bloggers. I always enjoy yours so much. The book also sounds quite intriguing.

    Have a great holiday weekend.

    Thoughts in Progress

  10. Another wonderful FTC disclosure. :)

    Since I write fantasy I love the genre, so thank you for pointing this book out to me.

  11. You need a handy-man to fix your bookshelf, Helen. I let you know that today I built a new staircase in front of our main entrance >;) Or, actually, I started building the staircase last fall; today I got the hand-rail up. Tomorrow it may be finished ... or maybe next week >:)))

    Cold As Heaven

  12. These anthologies are awesome! I love me some fantasy, especially when there's swashbuckling. :)

  13. Hi ya, Cheryl! I'll zip over to "the suspense is killing me" and we'll talk.

    You're a sweetie, Mason, but I usually have no idea what I'll write for the disclosure until I'm in the midst of writing it.

    Cold as Heaven, if you lived nearby, I'd hire you. My DH is actually quite handy and can do just about anything except create more hours in the day.

    Miriam, what exactly is swashbuckling? How do you swash a buckle?


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