Review: The Sword & Sorcery Anthology

The Sword & Sorcery AnthologyThe Sword & Sorcery Anthology by David G. Hartwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed all the stories but one on here – the one about the pick-lock. One of my favorites turned out to be the last one, which I think is the shortest story. But the there’s still a very compelling story told. I was disappointed with the GRRM story because I thought it was going to be an original short story. It just just part of a Dany chapter from ASOIAF. But, on the plus side I got to compare how it’s different from the HBO show, I got to see that I enjoy the way GRRM writes, and it was my favorite part – when Dany reveals to the Astaporians that she understands Valarian. As I mentioned in my updates, I enjoyed the Conan story and other than the vocabulary being a bit more formal, not much gives away that it was written 70-80 years ago. Also, having just read Gail Simone’s first Red Sonja arc, it was neat to see one of the stories call out Red Sonya (who Sonja is based on). Other top story was the one with the “Chinese” soldier. But really, lots of them were great.

I’d recommend this to any fan of short stories. It’s a plus if you like fantasy. I’m impartial – I can enjoy it, but rarely seek it out.

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