|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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I had wealth--an enviable villa graced by servants and soothing grounds, courtesans both imaginative and compliant, and a thriving merchantry, coupled with social standing just below that of the Thal himself. I had friends, well placed and gracious, who might have come to my aid--if they could have done so without inconvenience. I had a substantial, if somewhat overfed, cohort of guards sworn to my service and, presumably, to my protection.
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Table of ContentsFrom Stephen R. Donaldson, author of the landmark fantasy series the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, comes REAVE THE JUST AND OTHER TALES. This collection includes the stories:
REAVE THE JUST
THE DJINN WHO WATCHES OVER THE ACCURSED
THE KILLING STROKE
THE KINGS OF TARSHISH SHALL BRING GIFTS
THE WOMAN WHO LOVED PIGS
WHAT MAKES US HUMAN
BY ANY OTHER NAME
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“Donaldson proves once again that he is the quintessential fantasist and the true successor and heir to J.R.R. Tolkien.”—BookPage
“Inventive characters and fantastical aladdinesque settings.”—SF Site
“Beguiling, intelligent and thought-provoking.”—World-Herald, Omaha
“Fans of Donaldson’s longer fiction will dive right in...thoughtful, well-worked out, often fascinating yarns.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Donaldson’s strength is in the worlds he creates, which are familiar enough to strike a chord in his reader, but different enough to present fascinating new sights and adventures.”—Science Fiction Chronicle
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a collection of fantasy stories. Since there's only a limited amount of Donaldson work that isn't part of the Covenant series, this is different, and quite interesting.
This is an ambitious collection from Donaldson, with most of the tales being variations on the theme that folks have to take personal responsibility to fight injustice and those who would do them harm. The stories are fairly long, mostly novelette length (averaging about 60 pages each in the paperback). I don't see how anyone could dispute that Donaldson is an accomplished storyteller, and most of these are very well constructed. Characters are strongly drawn, although not always sympathetic. The closing story, "By Any Other Name," at times seemed to very clearly emulate the language and style of Edgar Allen Poe. The opening and closing stories, "Reave the Just" and "By Any Other Name," have many parallels, each telling the story of a mysterious outsider who arrives to mete out justice to the evil and the good alike (although they are set in very different fantasy worlds). "The Killing Stroke," "The Woman Who Loved Pigs," and "Penance" were ambitious and compelling tells, that didn't quite achieve their full potential. To my taste, the weakest entries were "The Kings of Tarshish Shall Bring Gifts" and "What Makes Us Human" (the sole science fiction tale in the bunch). I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Donaldson includes a fair amount of sex, and that very little of it is of a consensual, loving nature. I must say that I had a hard time with the arbiter of justice in the title story telling a serial rape victim that she didn't deserve help if she wasn't trying her hardest to kill her rapist.
Some very different from his Covenant series. Engaging and well-conceived.