The Big Book of Classic Fantasy



The Big Book of Classic Fantasy Unearth the enchanting origins of fantasy fiction with a collection of tales as vast as the tallest tower and as mysterious as the dark depths of the forest Fantasy stories have always been with us They illuminate the odd and the uncanny, the wondrous and the fantastic all the things we know are lurking just out of sight on the other side of the looking glass, beyond the music of the impossibly haunting violin, through the twisted trees of the ancient woods Other worlds, talking animals, fairies, goblins, demons, tricksters, and mystics these are the elements that populate a rich literary tradition that spans the globe A work composed both of careful scholarship and fantastic fun, The Big Book of Classic Fantasy is essential reading for anyone who s never forgotten the stories that first inspired feelings of astonishment and wonder.INCLUDING Stories by pillars of the genre like the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Mary Shelley, Christina Rossetti, L Frank Baum, Robert E Howard, and J R R Tolkien Fantastical offerings from literary giants including Edith Wharton, Leo Tolstoy, Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston, Vladimir Nabokov, Hermann Hesse, and W.E.B Du Bois Rare treasures from Asian, Eastern European, Scandinavian, and Native American traditions New translations, including fourteen stories never before in EnglishPLUS Beautifully Bizarre Creatures Strange New Worlds Just Beyond the Garden Path Fairy Folk and Their Dark Mischief Seriously Be Careful Do Not Trust Those Fairies Free Download The Big Book of Classic Fantasy author Ann VanderMeer For Kindle ePUB or eBook – therehabboutique.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 848 pages
  • The Big Book of Classic Fantasy
  • Ann VanderMeer
  • English
  • 01 June 2018
  • 0525435565

15 thoughts on “The Big Book of Classic Fantasy

  1. Juli says:

    I am a sucker for humongous anthologies if it has the words Big, Giant or Mammoth in the title, I m gonna read it It might take me awhile to read through a book several inches thick or an egalley file in this case , but I m going to read every word and savor each story I like anthologies of short stories and novellas because every story is different.a different author, a new style, new ideas When I come across a large anthology I really likeI take my time and savor it like a lovely I am a sucker for humongous anthologies if it has the words Big, Giant or Mammoth in the title, I m gonna read it It might take me awhile to read through a book several inches thick or an egalley file in this case , but I m going to read every word and savor each story I like anthologies of short stories and novellas because every story is different.a different author, a new style, new ideas When I come across a large anthology I really likeI take my time and savor it like a lovely vintage wine I read one story a dayread up...

  2. Sydney Smith says:

    Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC.So this is a great compendium, and one I ll definitely buy when it s released, but it has flaws I appreciate the variety of stories here, most of which I had never read, but a lot of them didn t have satisfying endings and they re all super weird I love that they re weird, but some of the endings annoyed me I think a lot of it has to do with them being translated to English Overall, I think this is an awesome collection of classic fantasy, fairy tales and Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC.So this is a great compendium, and one I ll definitely buy when it s released, but it has flaws I appreciate the variety of stories here, most of which I had never read, but a lot of them didn t have satisfying endings and they re all super weird I love that they re weird, but some of the endings annoyed me I think a lot of it has to do with them being translated to English Overall, I think this is an awesome collection of classic fantasy, fairy tales and otherwise I don t usually like to read eBooks, so that could have had something to do with it not being a 5 star for me I ll have to get the print copy to be sure At the beginning of this ARC it says to please not quote anything until I check it against the finished book when it s published, so that kind of limits my review I ll go back and add quotes from my notes ...

  3. Mel (Epic Reading) says:

    Certainly I ll have read a fair few of these stories before But 14 unpublished in English until now Count me in eARC received Read and review to come closer to publication date.

  4. Janne Janssens says:

    This was a great collection, considering the variety of authors and styles, and the fact that Ann and Jeff Vandermeer succeeded in publishing an admirable number of stories that have never been translated to English before.I did not like every story, but it is not the purpose of that book to only tell stories that are public pleasers This Big Book contained stories of very well known authors and authors I have never heard of I liked reading short stories about those famous authors, which were This was a great collection, considering the variety of authors and styles, and the fact that Ann and Jeff Vandermeer succeeded in publishing an admirable number of stories that have never been translated to English before.I did not like every story, but it is not the purpose of that book to only tell stories that are public pleasers This Big Book contained stories of very well kn...

  5. Keith Chawgo says:

    The Big Book of Classic Fantasy has something for everyone is the quintessential book of incredible short story fantasy Including the works of Kafka, Benson, Tolkein, Sakutaro and Wells is just the tip of this glorious mountain of work You will find extraordinary stories of fiction written from the past including a whole host of literary geniuses.The classic fantasy collection has an incredible focus on including works of fantasy across many time frames which also has Rip Van Winkle and Poe an The Big Book of Classic Fantasy has something for everyone is the quintessential book of incredible short story fantasy Including the works of Kafka, Benson, Tolkein, Sakutaro and Wells is just the tip of this glorious mountain of work You will find extraordinary stories of fiction written from the past including a whole host of literary geniuses.The classic fantasy collection has an incredible focus on including works of fantasy across many time frames which also has Rip Van Winkle and Poe and one in particular story by Tolstoy which I never knew that he wrote anything besides War and Peace Having to read this as required reading when I was growing up, I never warmed to Tolstoy but after reading this short, my interest has definitely piqued.T...

  6. R. says:

    Some good gems in this here book.

  7. Alex Sarll says:

    I don t normally put reviews on books I ve not finished, but there are certain books where finishing isn t really the point they refor dipping into when the mood takes one, part of the furniture of a life For some people the Bible would be the obvious candidate, but I m talkingthings like the Anatomy of Melancholy, or the mammoth anthologies the Vandermeers somehow find time to compile on a regular basis The other one I own from them, The Weird, I ve been reading bits and bobs of I don t normally put reviews on books I ve not finished, but there are certain books where finishing isn t really the point they refor dipping into when the mood takes one, part of the furniture of a life For some people the Bible would be the obvious candidate, but I m talkingthings like the Anatomy of Melancholy, or the mammoth anthologies the Vandermeers somehow find time to compile on a regular basis The other one I own from them, The Weird, I ve been reading bits and bobs of for nearly a decade now, without ever feeling I should add it on here, but the situation ...

  8. WS_BOOKCLUB says:

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion This will be available to purchase on July second.In case it isn t painfully obvious based on my other blog posts, I love fantasy of every kind I was so excited to delve into this collection of stories, some that are well known to me, and many others that I read for the first time.And let me tell you this selection is vast The editors went through a ton of effort to gather a varied representation of an e Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion This will be available to purchase on July second.In case it isn t painfully obvious based on my other blog posts, I love fantasy of every kind I was so excited to delve into this collection of stories, some that are well known to me, and many others that I read for the first time.And let me tell you this selection is vast The editors went through a ton of effort to gather a varied representation of an enormous genre There were the usual culprits the Bros Grimm, Tolkein, Hans Christian Andersen It was great to see them all gathered in one place But what makes this book stand out are the surprising contributions Louisa May Alcott, Tolstoy, and even Kafka made appearances.I loved that there are stories from all over the world It was fantastic to see the differences and similarities between ...

  9. Daniel says:

    808 pages of classical fantasy new and old Multiple authors representing the foundations of the genre A long haul, but imminently worthwhile to the reader.

  10. Jen says:

    Full disclosure I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.The editors define classic fantasy to include stories written between the early 1800s and WWII They attempt to represent the natural diversity of the genre which they point out is farextensive than what most readers might assume, given the conservative biases of many other anthologies , while being mindful of how many of the stories of this era have aged for example, in rega Full disclosure I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.The editors define classic fantasy to include stories written between the early 1800s and WWII They attempt to represent the natural diversity of the genre which they point out is farextensive than what most readers might assume, given the conservative biases of many other anthologies , while being mindful of how many of the stories of this era have aged for example, in regards to racism and sexism Even where familiar authors appear, the stories the VanderMeers have chosen tend to beobscure.The book has a nice introduction discussing different trends and themes in fantasy through the period covered in this anthology, and each author has a short biographical piece which helps the reader understand how their work contributes to the genre Quite frankly, this would make an excellent textbook for a literature class on classic fantasy The introduction says that ...

  11. Dan Trefethen says:

    First, let s define our terms.The Vandermeers define classic fantasy as strange tales written between the early 1800s and WWII, when the concept of the fantasy was being formed They do not mean classic in the sense of works that are widely accepted as the definitive works in the field There are actually very few of those works in this book Kafka s The Metamorphosis one of the notable exceptions , since they saw it as boring to reprint the famous fairy tales and fantasies that everyo First, let s define our terms.The Vandermeers define classic fantasy as strange tales written between the early 1800s and WWII, when the concept of the fantasy was being formed They do not mean classic in the sense of works that are widely accepted as the definitive works in the field There are actually very few of those works in this book Kafka s The Metamorphosis one of the notable exceptions , since they saw it as boring to reprint the famous fairy tales and fantasies that everyone knows.Instead, the Vandermeers set out to show the range of tales that touch on different themes, with different styles, that are in conversation with each other and eventually contributed to our modern conception of fantasy Their guiding star was to search out stories that offered a sense of the fey , or a kind of strangeness , wherever they ma...

  12. Annie says:

    Originally published on my blog Nonstop Reader The Big Book of Classic Fantasy is a massive anthology of classic speculative fiction as defined by editors Ann Jeff Vandermeer Released 2nd July 2019 by Knopf Doubleday on their Vintage imprint, it s 848 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats.The sheer breadth and volume of this anthology is impressive I can t imagine the legal and practical ramifications of securing even limited publication rights to the stories contain Originally published on my blog Nonstop Reader The Big Book of Classic Fantasy is a massive anthology of classic speculative fiction as defined by editors Ann Jeff Vandermeer Released 2nd July 2019 by Knopf Doubleday on their Vintage imprint, it s 848 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats.The sheer breadth and volume of this anthology is impressive I can t imagine the legal and practical ramifications of securing even limited publication rights to the stories contained in this volume, 14 of which apparently hadn t ever previously been translated into English and one at least which hadn t ever been previously published, full stop The editors include a valuable introduction which touches on their criteria for inclusion in this collection including what fantasy is, for their purposes, how they limited their choices, what time period they chose from the early 1800s to WW2 and .The group of authors represented in...

  13. Joel Mitchell says:

    Having read and greatly enjoyed Ann Jeff VanderMeer s massive anthology entitled The Weird, I jumped at the chance to review another one of their tomes This volume collects classic fantasy stories and excerpts from longer books ranging in date from the early 1800 s up until World War II when fantasy becameof a defined genre The blend of authors includes classic fantasy sci fi weird writers, classic literary legends dabbling in the fantastical, and many authors less known to the Having read and greatly enjoyed Ann Jeff VanderMeer s massive anthology entitled The Weird, I jumped at the chance to review another one of their tomes This volume collects classic fantasy stories and excerpts from longer books ranging in date from the early 1800 s up until World War II when fantasy becameof a defined genre The blend of authors includes classic fantasy sci fi weird writers, classic literary legends dabbling in the fantastical, and many authors less known to the English speaking world.The editors most basic definition of fantasy is any story in which an element of the unreal permeates the real world or any story that takes place within a secondary world that is identifiably not a version of ours, whether anything overtly fantastical occurs during the story This allows for a wide variety of stories, very few of which fall into high fantasy, swords sorcery, or other popular modern sub genres.A large number ...

  14. Realms & Robots says:

    The Big Book of Classic Fantasy is the new gold standard for fantasy literary history, providing an excellent cadence of essential stories we all know and love, and often overlooked stories that are equally brilliant I have my fair share of anthologies and this stands above the rest Most notable are the many writers not commonly read in the West This isn t just a collection of stories you ve already read, but a full compendium of imagination from all over the world It definitely makes for a The Big Book of Classic Fantasy is the new gold standard for fantasy literary history, providing an excellent cadence of essential stories we all know and love, and often overlooked stories that are equally brilliant I have my fair share of anthologies and this stands above the rest Most notable are the many writers not commonly read in the West This isn t just a collection of stories you ve already read, but a full compendium of imagination from all over the world It definitely makes for a hefty volume, coming in around 800 pages, but it s worth it.I ve highlighted a few of the stories below, and this only skims the surface Were I to ...

  15. HollyLovesBooks says:

    This is an incredible collection of fantasy works throughout several periods in literature This is probably the largest file I have ever received from NetGalley, so when the title says Big Book you can believe it.I was impressed with the scientific approach to determining what to include in this collection The first thing was to define fey which the authors were clear about stating that there is a fluidity in the definition over time What intrigued me the most about their process was the This is an incredible collection of fantasy works throughout several periods in literature This is probably the largest file I have ever received from NetGalley, so when the title says Big Book you can believe it.I was impressed with the scientific approach to determining what to include in this collection The first thing was to define fey which the authors were clear about stating that there is a fluidity in the definition over time What intrigued me the most about their process was the use of what I envisioned as a mathematical chart or g...

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