Fantasy Gone Wrong Mass Market Paperback – Sep 5 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
In this delightful anthology, 16 authors take traditional fantasy premises and color them ironic. The only criteria for inclusion is a whimsical sense of humor and a keen appreciation for the fantasy genre, giving the writers—among them veterans like Alan Dean Foster, as well as virtual unknowns—plenty of room to make their unique voices heard. Almost without fail, the results are entertaining, amusing and original, and remarkably self-contained. Expanding the genre beyond the usual "wizards and dragons" limitations, authors bring to bear such modern phenomena as psychoanalysis, online video gaming, criminology and management techniques. Of particular note are "Food Fight" by Foster, an intensely funny tale of a man whose food speaks to him; Christina F. York's cheeky "A Day at the Unicorn Races"; and "The Murder of Mr. Wolf" by Josepha Sherman, a police procedural that skewers nursery rhyme and fairy tale staples like Hickory Dickory Doc and Little Red Riding Hood. Though not always as clever as it thinks it is, Greenberg and Koren's refreshing collection should strike fantasy fans just right. (Sept.)
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Humor and irony abound in these 16 new stories in which the "path isn't always the right one," and the unexpected prevails. Although the collection is uneven, it contains quite a few gems. Chips off the old, well-known fairy-tale block include Josepha Sherman's "The Murder of Mr. Wolf," in which Detective Beau Peep and his partner, Marie Gobeur (sheep in French), investigate the crime and prime suspect Little Red, and also Esther M. Friesner's "Crumbs," in which Hansel's son, Sir Hanson the Hawk-eyed, rides reluctantly into the Dark Woods and finds a very different sort of witch. Brian Stableford, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Alan Dean Foster, and Janny Wurts, among others, offer various takes on unicorns, elves, faery-hounds, goblins, a bored house pixie, hobbitlike beings, computer fantasy gaming, and more. Something for most every taste. Sally Estes
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To start off with, Battle of Wits by Mickey Zucker Reichert is a story about a character taking over the story. I've always wanted to see a story like this, and Reichert doesn't disappoint.
Goblin Lullaby by Jim C. Hines tells a story mocking the typical "quest" from the point of a overworked Goblin mother.
The Murder of Mr. Wolf by Josepha Sherman is a melding of fantasy and detective done in such a smooth way that is fits perfectly in this book and is a great tongue-and-cheek nod to the world of fantasy.
And my absolute favorite is Food Fight by Alan Dean Foster. You just have to love a short that starts off with the line, "My coffee keeps insulting me".
If you're looking for a quick, fun, fantasy read, look no further. This one is guaranteed to please.
Well, since everyone will do it... my favorites: The Murder of Mr. Wolf, Crumbs, Fellow Traveller, and Moonlighting. Food Fight was pretty good but didn't really fit with the fantasy theme of the book. Overall, if read sparingly, you'll enjoy the stories more and wish some of them were expanded into full books (Murder of Mr Wolf, The Poisoned Chalice).
The result is a collection of sixteen stories from an assortment of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and romance authors, all of whom trample the rules in their own ways. From homicidal hamburgers to digestable spells, goblin nurses to loan-sharking pixies, there are enough takes on "Fantasy Gone Wrong" to make almost anyone laugh.
I initially bought this book because of the contribution by Janny Wurts, and the concept of "Food Fight", by Alan Dean Foster. In my personal opinion, while both amusing, these aren't even the high points of the collection. That might, in fact, be one of the stronger selling points. I personally wouldn't give a single chapter less than an 8/10, and that mostly because they cover areas of fantasy that I don't particularly care for.
There are a lot of laughs to be had here, and the authors do a wonderful job of making each story unique. Consider: three stories are unicorn-themed, but each would be considered noticably different from the others.
Anyway, it's not deep or serious, but it is a great way to brighten up your day.