Legends-Vol. 3 Stories By The Masters of Modern Fantasy Mass Market Paperback – Feb 15 2000
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"An enjoyable sampler of the best high fantasy available today."—San Francisco Chronicle
"Best Anthology of the Year."—Rocky Mountain News
"A dream team . . . Legends is the rarest of the rare—an entire collection of original short novels by top fantasy writers . . . Here is a dab of each writer at the top, a worthy sampler that could yield a reader someone new to enjoy."—USA Today
"This anthology is a stellar compilation of new stories by 11 masters of the genre, with each tale set in a well-established and well-loved universe.... What is so noteworthy about this collection is the fact that all the selections are first rate and are well integrated into their universes, making the book a bonanza not only for avid fans who are familiar with the various series and want more but also for less well read fantasy readers, who will find each story herein a great introduction to a writer's world."—Sally Estes, Booklist
"A superb Baedeker to the fantasy worlds of 11 of the field's finest writers."—Dallas Morning News
"Perhaps Legends, an anthology of brand-new novellas by nearly a dozen of the more-famous modern writers in the field, will help secure long-overdue respect. All the writing is of the highest caliber; and each of the tales is compelling. To top it off, artists such as Michael Whelan, Keith Parkinson and Erik Wilson have contributed illustrations that become icing on the cake. Legends makes for a fine road map to the worlds of 11 masters of the genre and serves as a perfect milestone for future fantasy anthologists. Silverberg has put together an anthology of which he and his fellow writers can be justly proud."—Des Moines Daily Register
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"A stellar compilation." --Booklist (starred review)
"A dream team...Legends is the rarest of the rare--an entire collection of original short novels by top fantasy writers....Here is a dab of each writer at the top, a worthy sampler that could yield a reader someone new to enjoy." --USA Today
"There's enough color, vitality and bravura displays of mythmaking in this rich sampler...to sate faithful fans and nurture new readers on the stuff of legends still being created." --Publishers Weekly(starred review)
"I wouldn't be at all surprised if this was the best selling anthology of the year." --Science Fiction Chronicle
"This is a collection of grace, style, and substance." --Statesman JournalSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
NEW SPRING by Jordan didn't add anything to the Wheel of Time series, and wouldn't have made me want to become a Jordan fan if I wasn't already.
DRAGONFLY by Le Guin was better, but not anywhere near as good as the Earthsea novels, whose world it uses.
THE BURNING MAN by Williams annoyed me by jumping about in sequence in events all over the place in short bursts of "minichapters". And the story itself wasn't appealing.
Terry Pratchett's THE SEA AND THE LITTLE FISHES, telling a short tale of the witch Granny Weatherwax was the true gem of this collection. It was funny and satirical, and I will be looking into the rest of Pratchett's books about Granny.
I don't think that Pratchett's gem can make up for the failings of the others, but if you're a huge fan of any of these authors it might still be worth the read.
Hope this was useful.
The quality of the stories was high. King's story was beautiful and enchanting, I am not a great fan of Pratchett, though, Feist and Goodkind's stories were entertaining enough, if not a little predictable.
I felt myself also highly attracted to Williams' story for some reason. And I havent even read the series. Still gotta find the first book somewhere. :)
Jordan's story, as a WOT fan, was nice enough. It was nice to be back in the WOT world again (this was during the wait for book 9). For me, it grabbed hold and didnt let go. Although I agree that it might be a little vague and incomprehensible for the people who are not familiar with the Wheel of Time.
The big thing about Legends though, has got to be the Hedge Knight. It got me to reading Martin's work, and it had got me to favoring Martin above Jordan as soon as I was done with the series.
Legends did what it was made for - introduce fans into worlds they havent explored yet, and show them a little bit more of the worlds they know and love. So yes, Legends was brilliant.
Most recent customer reviews
I purchased this book looking for the stories by King and McCaffrey, only to find out that they are in a different volume. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2002
If you are craving a new story in the Wheel of Time, try this one. It is a great look into the past of Moiraine and Lan. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2001 by S. Pflueger
I loved this book, glancing into more stories of some series' I have gobbled up. But I'm sorry, I find Le Guin's writing a bunch of drivel. Read morePublished on April 20 2001
This book was really well put together. My favorite of all the stories was Robert Jordan's New Spring. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2000
I bought this book (#3 only) as a Terry Prachett Fan. I have since bought Tad Williams's Trilogy,and all of the Jordan books. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2000 by Amazon Customer