Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery

Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery

by Jonathan Strahan, Lou Anders

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A truly breathtaking new anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders, Swords & Dark Magic offers stunning new tales of sword and sorcery action, romance, and dark adventure written by some of the most respected, bestselling fantasy writers working today—from  Joe Abercrombie to Gene Wolfe. An all-new Elric novella from the legendary Michael Moorcock and a new visit to Majipoor courtesy of the inimitable Robert Silverberg are just two of the treasures offered in Swords & Dark Magic—a fantasy lover’s dream.

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ISBN-13: 9780062000286
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/22/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 325,980
File size: 735 KB

About 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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Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
walterqchocobo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I will openly admit that the only reason that I picked up this book was for Joe Abercrombie's short story. After I read his story The Fool Jobs (very good--this guy knows how to write a fight scene with interesting and funny characters), I thought that I should check out the other authors--many that I have never heard of. "Goats of Glory" by Steven EriksonThe story starts off very slow, with five mercenaries riding into a little town, looking for rest. Lots of action but I don't think I will be picking up anything else from this author. "Tides Elba" by Glen CookEntertaining story set in the Black Company world. I haven't read any of those books but I enjoyed this story enough that I might give it a shot now."Bloodsport" by Gene WolfeThis story started off okay but then the ending...well, I didn't get it. "The Singing Spear" by James EngeThis very short story starred Morlock, apparently the star of other books. Morlock seems to fall squarely into one of the typical magician/wizard stereotypes but I still enjoyed the story."A Wizard in Wiscezan" by C. J. CherryhThis was one of my favorites in the group even though it is the typical young wizard trying to overcome a tyrant who has taken over the town. I thought it was well written and would read more from this author."A Rich Full Week" by K. J. ParkerEh, the story of a wizard/philosopher just doing his job. Nothing special here."A Suitable Present for a Sorcerous Puppet" by Garth NixI have not read anything from Garth Nix before but this was a funny little story with interesting characters. I might have to pick up one of his full length books."Red Pearls: An Elric Story" by Michael MoorcockIf you haven't ready other Elric stories, good luck. I could not get into this one and couldn't finish."The Deification of Dal Bamore: A Tale from Echo City" by Tim LebbonThis one could have been good but then the ending came and I was left unsatisfied. A priestess is escorting a sorcerer to his execution when his followers attempt a rescue."Dark Times at the Midnight Market" by Robert SilberbergA silly lighthearted story about a magician who creates a love potion and its effects."The Undefiled" by Greg KeyesNothing special here, move along."Hew the Tintmaster" by Michael SheaAnother story which didn't do anything for me. I liked the character of Bront but otherwise, didn't entirely get the point of this story."In the Stacks" by Scott LynchThis was one of the better stories in the collection and one of the longest. Set in a library, four students have to return books to magical shelves as part of their final exam in the fifth year of their training. Excellent characters and plenty of action with some clever twists. I haven't ready anything else from this author but I will give him a try."Two Lions, a Witch and the War-Robe" by Tanith LeeDon't let the name fool you--this isn't a story about Narnia. I liked the first half of the story but the lion part...hmm, well, it was okay."The Sea Troll's Daughter" by Caitlin R. KiernanI'm not sure what to make of this story. I enjoyed it, but the ending was confusing and ended abruptly."Thieves of Daring" by Bill WillinghamOne of the weakest stories in this book. It was too short for anything to happen."The Fool Jobs" by Joe AbercrombieAs I mentioned above, this was the main reason that I got this book. It is set in the same world as his First Law books and has the same feel as his books--full of action, flawed characters and funny dialogue and situations. Definitely a great ending to the anthology.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
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 Caitlín 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