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Legends II: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy (2003)

de Robert Silverberg (Editor)

Outros autores: Terry Brooks (Contribuinte), Orson Scott Card (Contribuinte), Raymond E. Feist (Contribuinte), Diana Gabaldon (Contribuinte), Neil Gaiman (Contribuinte)6 mais, Elizabeth Haydon (Contribuinte), Robin Hobb (Contribuinte), George R R Martin (Contribuinte), Anne McCaffrey (Contribuinte), Robert Silverberg (Contribuinte), Tad Williams (Contribuinte)

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All in one book, eleven breathtaking new tales from the most celebrated writers of modern fantasy fiction. Each story is set in the unique universe that brought its author world-wide success and acclaim. A new tale from the Riftwar from Raymond E. Feist A new Wheel of Time story by Robert Jordan A new story in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin A new tale from the world of the Farseers by Robin Hobb A new Pern story from Anne McCaffrey A new Majipoor story by Robert Silverberg A new tale in the world of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams A new Sandman story from Neil Gaiman A new Shanara story by Terry Brooks A new tale in the world of Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card A new Rhapsody story from Elizabeth Haydon… (mais)
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Nice anthology, fills in some blanks in some series. ( )
  bgknighton | Oct 2, 2021 |
Not a bad story in the entire collection. It reminded me how much I enjoyed Anne McCaffrey as a kid. I want to see how her son [a:Todd McCaffrey|16509416|Todd McCaffrey|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] has picked up the Pern saga. ( )
  pmtracy | Dec 17, 2019 |
All original short stories collected from established authors set in the worlds established by the authors. Outstanding.

Includes: Robin Hobb/(Realm of the Elderlings): Homecoming; George R.R. Martin/(A Song of ice and fire): The sworn sword; Orson Scott Card/(The Tales of Alvin Maker): The Yazoo Queen; Diana Gabaldon/(Outlander): Lord John and the Succubus; Robert Silverberg/(Majipoor): The book of changes; Tad Williams/(Otherland): The happiest dead boy in the world; Anne Mccaffrey/(Pern): Beyond between; Raymond E. Feist/(Riftwar): The Messenger; Elizabeth Haydon/(Symphony of ages): Threshold; Neil Gaiman/(American Gods): The monarch of the glen; Terry Brooks/(Shannara): Indomitable.
  Gmomaj | Oct 19, 2019 |
Legends II is a nice sampler of some of the most famous modern fantasy universes. Each story is prefaced with a text about the work that is best avoided if you aren't already familiar with the universe in question - they read more like recaps than introductions.

I had previously read only three of the authors (Hobb, Martin, Gaiman) and was more or less aware of all the rest but one. Even if I don't end up picking up lots of novels set in the worlds in the future, I feel like I have broadened my knowledge of the genre a little bit having read this anthology.

Here are my brief non-spoilery thoughts on each story:

Homecoming by Robin Hobb
This is one of Hobb's best short works, one of my favourites among them and although it might seem totally unrelated to the Fitz & the Fool books, it’s actually a key part of the history of this universe as a whole. I also think it keeps the mysteries of the Liveship traders books intact, so it doesn’t really matter whether you read this before or after the novels.

The Sworn Sword by G.R.R. Martin
My problem with this story is the same one I have with his Ice and Fire novels: I can admire the scope of his creation but I cannot connect with the characters. YMMV.

The Yazoo Queen by Orson Scott Card
This alternative history didn't seem that alternative after all and was rather depressing. I was confused by the use of dialect outside of actual dialogue because it seemed like it came from an outside point of view. Maybe there’s a reason for that in the novels but I wasn’t intrigued enough to find out.

Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon
I had previously only watched the TV series and I was pleasantly surprised by how engaging this story was. Perhaps I will give the main novels a try now.

The Book of Changes by Robert Silverberg
Although I found the physical world of the story really intriguing I thought the characters were weirdly stuck in the past of humanity.

The Happiest Dead Boy in the World by Tad Williams
I was really fascinated by the setting and the idea of this story and although the end was a bit abrupt I'd probably enjoy reading more stories in this world.

Beyond Between by Anne McCaffrey
A bit predictable in the way where the reader realises immediately what’s happened but the characters stay stuck in confusion/denial for longer. I still found it enjoyable.

The Messenger by Raymond E. Feist
I'm not sure whether I find the main character adorable or appalling or if I'd read more about this world but I really enjoyed the detailed descriptions and the style of writing, so would love to sample something else from this writer.

Threshold by Elizabeth Haydon
I was completely unfamiliar with this writer before and very pleasantly surprised! The story is easily among my favourites in this collection. I loved the epic feeling, the little twist in the end and how it all seemed very realistic and believable.

The Monarch of the Glen by Neil Gaiman
When I read American Gods about a decade ago I couldn't really put my finger on why I didn't enjoy it, but I think this story sheds light on that: I simply find it all too vague in how the text hints at things, especially about Shadow. I simply cannot follow his motivations or his feelings.

Indomitable by Terry Brooks
Easily my least favourite story of this collection, it felt like a paint-by-numbers filler where only side characters faced consequences.
1 vote nerwende | Jun 26, 2017 |
This is the second in an anthology featuring stories from a number of authors, taken from their favourite story line:
Robin Hobb provided us with the story 'Homecoming' from her realm of the Elderlings. I've read the Assassins stories also set in this universe, but the tone and content are so different they may as well be on different worlds

George RR Martin's story, 'The Sword Sworn' comes from his 'A Song of Ice and Fire' (of course!), though it is set with a Targaryan monarch on the throne of Westeross and Sir Duncan is a hedge knight, swearing service to a lord who dreamt of better times and who finds his oaths hard

Orson Scott Card's story is 'The Yazoo Queen' from the Tales of Alvin Maker, which sees Alvin making a trip down the great Mizzippy into the slave owning countries of the South along with Mr Bowie who tries to recruit Alvin in his plans for rebellion in Mexico.

Diana Gabaldon's story was an intriguing tale set in her Outlander series, 'Lord John and the Succubus' takes place during the fighting on the continent where English and Prussian soldiers in a small town find themselves affected by reports of a succubus but is it a real being or just a stratagem.

Roger Silverberg's own contribution, 'The Book of Changes', comes from his Majipoor cycle where a bored lordling from Castle Mount finds himself captured by a minor lord from no particular background and forced to write a poem where he finds an unexpected greatness.

Tad Williams takes us to 'Otherland' to meet 'The Happiest Dead Boy in the World' where Orlando Gardiner survives in an unregistered network as electronic patterns after his real-life body is destroyed.

Anne McCaffrey takes us to Pern 'Beyond Between', where we learn what happened to Moreta, rider of the Queen Orlith, after her misjump on Hrolth.

Raymond Feist takes us to Midkemia at the height of the fighting between the Kingdom and the Tsurani invaders, telling the story of Terrance of the Messengers as he makes a trip round the Kingdom's outposts bringing them the orders to withdraw for the winter.

Elizabeth Haydon's 'Threshold', set in her Symphony of Ages' universe, tells of the last days of the kingdom of Serendair as it is destroyed by the awakening of what had been known as the Sleeping Child.

Neil Gaiman's 'The Monarch of the Glens' is based in his American Gods universe and tells of Shadow's confrontation with the Old Ones of Rurope.

The final story is Terry Brooks' 'Indomtable' set in his Shennara universe.

Of these, I had never read any of Tad Williams', Elizabeth Haydon's or Neil Gaiman's tales the first time through and I still haven't read any of the two authors books. Of the others, the Majipoor books and Pern books are my favourites even if I quite enjoyed Gabaldon's story along with Robin Hobbs. ( )
  JohnFair | Sep 18, 2016 |
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The First Legends anthology, which was published in 1998, contained eleven never-before-published short novels by eleven best-selling fantasy writers, each story set in the special universe of the imagination that its author had made famous throughout the world.
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Legends II, containing eleven short stories, is the second book in the Legends series. It is not the same book as Legends Vol 2, which is part of the original Legends anthology. The original Legends anthology was split into 3 volumes when it was first published in paperback in the US. And it was also split into 2 volumes in the UK, neither of those legends 2 is this legends II. Be very careful when combining.

The 11 stories are: * Robin Hobb "Homecoming" (Realm of the Elderlings);

* George R.R. Martin "The Sworn Sword" (A Song of Ice and Fire);

* Orson Scott Card "The Yazoo Queen" (Tales of Alvin Maker);

* Diana Gabaldon "Lord John and the Succubus" (Outlander);

* Robert Silverberg "The Book of Changes" (Majipoor);

* Tad Williams "The Happiest Dead Boy in the World" (Otherland);

* Anne McCaffrey "Beyond Between" (Pern);

* Raymond E. Feist "The Messenger" (The Riftwar);

* Elizabeth Haydon "Threshold" (The Symphony of Ages);

* Neil Gaiman "The Monarch of the Glen" (American Gods);

* Terry Brooks "Indomitable" (Shannara).

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"Mythen" is the Dutch translation of Legends II containing all 11 stories (Robin Hobb "Homecoming", etc.). Not the same as the Dutch book "Legenden II", which contains half of the original "Legends" stories.
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All in one book, eleven breathtaking new tales from the most celebrated writers of modern fantasy fiction. Each story is set in the unique universe that brought its author world-wide success and acclaim. A new tale from the Riftwar from Raymond E. Feist A new Wheel of Time story by Robert Jordan A new story in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin A new tale from the world of the Farseers by Robin Hobb A new Pern story from Anne McCaffrey A new Majipoor story by Robert Silverberg A new tale in the world of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams A new Sandman story from Neil Gaiman A new Shanara story by Terry Brooks A new tale in the world of Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card A new Rhapsody story from Elizabeth Haydon

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