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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (MM); Reprint edition (Jan. 25 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441012574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441012572
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,896,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title story alone is worth the price of admission Jan. 5 2013
By Karl Jahn - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't suppose I'm giving away much if I tell you the plot -- which is slim enough -- since the tale is so rich in style, so delicately and poignantly evocative -- word by word and phrase by phrase -- of nostalgia and time-defeating wonder. So here it is:

A man of the late '90s, by miraculous means, communicates with, and finally travels back to, the late '40s. His conduit to the past is a collection of old SF magazines in an attic.

Though Blaylock is best-known as a creator of "steampunk," his evocation of the lost world of the time in which he was born is at least as well worth your attention. How ironic that he is looking back to it from the future that men of the '40s were looking forward to!
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The Short Review's review of 13 Phantasms Dec 25 2008
By Tania Hershman - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by M. Bobowski

13 Phantasms and Other Stories is rich in quiet humor and it invites us in, makes us comfortable. The edges are soft, like the lines between fantasy and reality, and each story is a world unto itself.

In Paper Dragons a Chinese restaurant becomes the communications center for a traveling crypto-zoologist, getting on the wrong bus in Red Planet turns into the journey of a lifetime for Monty, and the sea seen through John Kendal's keyhole in Nets of Silver and Gold is not necessarily the same sea seen through his window. The real magic here lies not in fantastic events or unreal places, but in the ability to create people from only ink and paper. It is a feat on par with creating a dragon from copper wire and cotton stuffing, and Blaylock's characters in these stories, at least the men, are very human. ...........

loved it May 16 2014
By lambkins - Published on
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Now that I have finished the book I will pick a few favorites and reread. I enjoyed every single one of the stories in this book .
One of the finest writers in America today June 13 2013
By R.W.A. - Published on
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I have been reading James P Blaylock's work for many years now. He is always a sure bet. He can be charming, funny, scary, moving and wistful all in the space of a single work. Thirteen Phantasms includes 16 of Blaylock's short stories, every one of them a gem. My personal favorites are the title story, a lovely, sad exploration of time travel and the search for what was lost; Paper Dragons, winner of a World Fantasy Award and classic Blaylock what with the crabs and the crackpot science; Unidentified Objects is just lovely, and, along with the crackpot science, explores the pain of falling in love; and Doughnuts, which is funny and sad and beautifully captures the fact that the people we most love are the ones we understand least. I return to this collection often. Every story is worthy of multiple readings. Buy this book.
Fine overview of style Aug. 24 2009
By M. Bunn - Published on
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Blaylock is a genius. I prefer his novels (The Last Coin, Lord Kelvin's Machine, and (of course!) The Digging Leviathon) to his short fiction, but that's just me. I'm sure convincing arguments could be made the other way because his short fiction is brilliant. The Curiosity Shop is strange and wonderful, and the same can be said for most of the stories in this collection. My favorite authors are Philip K. Dick and James P. Blaylock. They spend about equal time at the top of the list.

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