Swords Against Darkness IV

Swords Against Darkness IV Foreword In Two Parts essay by Andrew J Offutt Mai Kulala shortstory by Charles R Saunders At the Sign of the Brass Breast novelette by Jefferson P Swycaffer as by Jeff P Swycaffe

  • Title: Swords Against Darkness IV
  • Author: Andrew J. Offutt Charles R. Saunders Jefferson P. Swycaffer Ardath Mayhar Joey Froehlich Charles de Lint Orson Scott Card Manly Wade Wellman
  • ISBN: 9780890835395
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • 7 Foreword In Two Parts 1979 essay by Andrew J Offutt12 Mai Kulala 1977 shortstory by Charles R Saunders31 At the Sign of the Brass Breast 1979 novelette by Jefferson P Swycaffer as by Jeff P Swycaffer 60 The Reaping 1979 shortstory by Ardath Mayhar73 The Ballad of Borrell 1979 novelette by Gordon Linzner94 Deux Amours d un7 Foreword In Two Parts 1979 essay by Andrew J Offutt12 Mai Kulala 1977 shortstory by Charles R Saunders31 At the Sign of the Brass Breast 1979 novelette by Jefferson P Swycaffer as by Jeff P Swycaffer 60 The Reaping 1979 shortstory by Ardath Mayhar73 The Ballad of Borrell 1979 novelette by Gordon Linzner94 Deux Amours d une Sorciere 1979 shortstory by Tanith Lee115 Of PIGS and MEN 1972 essay by Poul Anderson124 Cryptically Yours 1977 shortstory by Brian Lumley144 Dedication 1979 essay by Andrew J Offutt148 The Dark Mother 1979 shortstory by Diana L Paxson167 Wooden Crate of Violent Death 1979 shortstory by Joey Froehlich175 The Fane of the Grey Rose Cerin Songweaver 1979 novelette by Charles de Lint223 Sandmagic Mither Mages 1979 novelette by Orson Scott Card246 The Edge of the World Kardios 1979 novelette by Manly Wade Wellman

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    1. Sword Against Darkness is an anthology series edited by Andrew Offutt featuring stories primarily in the heroic or sword & sorcery school of fantasy. They're sort of a follow up to Lin Carter's Flashing Swords anthologies, though I feel they have a more of a propensity to expose new voices in the genre. So far the instalments had been quite enjoyable, each with a solid table of contents, and this one looked to offer up the same level quality. I've reviewed each story individually in order of [...]

    2. A solid collection with great stories by Ardath Mayhar, George Linzner, Orson Scott Card and Charles deLint, among others. Unfortunately Poul Anderson's heavy-handed satire on minority-rights movements, Of Pigs and Men, is an embarrassment: the fact Africans sold their own people into slavery hardly excuses America's ugly history on race questions, for instance. Oh, and Manly Wade Wellman's story has a woman crying rape after she seduces the male lead. Sigh.

    3. A lot of anthology series lose momentum after a while but I didn't think this happened with the Swords Against Darkness series. This one is strong, and has a great Charles Saunders tale in it.

    4. I liked this book quite a bit. Most of the stories were excellent heroic fantasy. A few were just so so. But overall a very enjoyable read.

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