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

Legends II: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy [Kindle Edition]

Robert Silverberg , Raymond E. Feist , Robert Silverbert , Elizabeth Haydon , Tad Williams , Megan Lindholm as Robin Hobb , Orson Scott Card , Anne McCaffrey , Neil Gaiman , Diana Gabaldon , George R. R. Martin , Terry Brooks
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Many contributors to Legends (1998), Silverberg's first collection of short(er) stories set in the worlds of their authors' successful fantasy series, return in the follow-up. Anne McCaffrey offers a freestanding tale of Pern; Raymond E. Feist, a tale from the middle of his Riftwar saga; George R. R. Martin, a direct successor to his Legends contribution about a squire on the way to knighthood and his peculiar boy sidekick; editor Silverberg, another Majipoor story; and Orson Scott Card, a yarn in which Alvin Maker meets some of the Alamo's destined defenders. Splash first timers include romantic historical fantasist Diana Gabaldon, of Outlander fame, with an episode in her Lord John Grey series; Neil Gaiman, with a story starring Shadow, hero of his award-winning American Gods (2001) and named after Sir Edwin Landseer's famous painting Monarch of the Glen; and Robin Hobb, whose creepy, Liveship Traders-related "Homecoming" (think H. P. Lovecraft rewriting The Swiss Family Robinson) opens this book and sets the bar of quality extremely high for what follows. Ray Olson
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Pressestimmen

“A stellar compilation.”
Booklist

“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)

“A book that a fantasy reader would be proud to own.”
USA Today

“A superb Baedecker to the fantasy worlds of 11 of the field's finest writers.” —Dallas Morning News

“An enjoyable sampler of the best high fantasy available today.”
San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle



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5.0 von 5 Sternen Schöne Anthologie für Zwischendurch. 17. Dezember 2013
Von M. W. Broscheit TOP 500 REZENSENT
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Durch die Kurzgeschichtensammlung von R. R. Martins Heckenritter Der Heckenritter von Westeros: Das Urteil der Siebenbin ich auf diese Fantasy Anthologie gestoßen, sie enthält neben anderen bekannten Autoren auch eine weitere Geschichte von Dunk und Egg, den zwei Protagonisten aus dem Heckenritterband.

Martins Geschichte hat mich dann bewogen Legends II zu kaufen und die war so gut wie erwartet, daneben bringen aber auch die anderen Autoren neue Geschichten aus ihren den Fantasy-Lesern bekannten Welten. Die Qualität der einzelnen Kurzgeschichten ist unterschiedlich aber jeder der Autoren hat seine eigenen Fans, was der Eine gut findet, wird von anderen kritischer gelesen werden. Ich denke für den günstigen E-Book Preis ist für jeden etwas dabei.

Was den Erwerb dieses Buches für deutschsprachige Leser besonders empfehlenswert macht ist, dass man quasi nebenher durch die Kurzgeschichten mit dem Schreibstil verschiedener bekannter Fantasyautoren vertraut wird. Die Geschichten sind lang genug um sich ein Urteil über den Stil und den Schwierigkeitsgrad der englischen Texte bilden zu können, der sehr unterschiedlich sein kann. Einige Autoren kann man mit gutem Schulenglisch ohne Probleme lesen, andere sind durch ihr Vokabular, ihren Satzbau oder besondere Schreibweisen anspruchsvoller. Orsan Scott Card verwendet z. B. eine Art Lautschrift um mundartliche Besonderheiten darzustellen, ist aber ansonsten nicht übermäßig schwierig. Im Grundsatz muss ich feststellen, dass die englischen Texte häufig besser sind als die deutschen Übersetzungen, gute Übersetzer sind genauso selten wie gute Autoren.

Fazit: Eine Reihe guter Kurzgeschichten und eine Möglichkeit sich günstig mit verschiedenen Original-texten/stilen vertraut zu machen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must-have for all fantasy fans 9. August 2008
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Of course this book is a necessary addition to anyones collection of George Martin books, including my own. But I do not agree with the previous critic about the other stories. Card's Yazoo Queen story was so captivating, funny and well-written that it stuck with me for a long time. So much so in fact, that I wanted to read the whole Alvin Maker series, and am now going to order this Legends book for the sole purpose of having my Alvin Maker series complete.

Having that wonderful insight into my beloved rain wilds (Homecoming by Robin Hobb, the Empress of fantasy), the witty and interesting promise of Diana Gabaldon's John Grey Series and Tad Williams urging me to give his Otherworld series another chance with "The happiest dead boy in the world" are just a bonus!

I'm going to enjoy re-reading all these stories to see what series I'm going to fill my bookshelf with next. I suggest you ignore the previous speaker and do the same ;).
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Only George Martin delivers 22. Juni 2005
Von Frank
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For all fans of A Song of Ice and Fire, this is a must buy but only because of George Martin`s Sworn Swords novella. This is a wonderful story and tells much about the history of Westeros when the Targaryens still ruled like the Battle on Redgrass Field and Lord Bloodraven.
The other stories (except for Elizabeth Haydon's, who at least has something going on in hers) are a sorry lot. Why shall Terry Brooks be counted among the greatest writers on fantasy, as the cover claims - all he ever did was steal shamelessly from Tolkien with his Shannara cycle.
The biggest disappointment though was Orson Scott Card and his "Yazoo Queen" set in the Alvin Maker universe. This one is extremely boring, no twists in the story (because there is no plot) poorly written, full of wanna-be witty dialogues between the two-dimensional protagonists and -I have to repeat it - there is nothing going on in it! To put this story in here, Robert Silverberg must have been in sore need of a page filler or he simply did owe Mr Card a big favour. The editor is as much to blame as the writer.
So, if you're a Martin fan (and who is not these days?) buy it, otherwise shun it like Terry Brooks does it with innovations.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Würdige Vertretung des Fantasy-Genres 15. Dezember 2004
Von Mister
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Dieser zweite Sammelband beinhaltet Kurzgeschichten von elf führenden Fantasy-Autoren, von denen sechs bereits 1998 in LEGENDS I veröffentlicht wurden. Die Beiträge von Tad Williams (diesmal eine Erweiterung des Charakters von Orlando aus OTHERWORLD), George R.R. Martin, der nahtlos an den humorvollen und innovativen Stil seiner Kurzgeschichte aus Legends I anschließt, und dem "neuen Stern" am Fantasy-Himmel Elizabeth Haydon (eine fesselnde Geschichte zum Hintergrund der RHAPSODY Serie) fallen besonders ins Auge!
Natürlich beehrt uns auch der Herausgeber Robert Silverberg wieder mit einer Geschichte vom Planeten Majipoor, die allerdings in der Masse von qualitativ hochwertigen Beiträgen untergeht. Die Wiederbelebung von Raimond E. Feist's Geschichten aus Midkemia nach der mittelmäßigen "Betrayal of Krondor" Serie ist dagegen eine positive Überraschung. Auch Robin Hobb's Erzählung verursacht ein gewissen Jucken, sich wieder einmal ihre vorherigen Bücher vorzuknöpfen. Vor allem Besitzern der Legends I würde ich den Kauf dieses Sammelbandes ans Herz legen!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Legends is one of the best fantasy collections 30. Januar 2004
Von Joe Sherry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In 1998 Robert Silverberg edited a collection of fantasy stories titled "Legends". That collection included stories by some of the best and most popular fantasy authors of the time (Robert Jordan, Raymond Feist, Stephen King, George Martin, etc). It was one of the best collections I had read, and allowed me to revisit some familiar worlds and discover some brand new ones. Legends II is the second collection by Robert Silverberg and it is just as good as the first collection. There are some authors that did not return for this collection (Robert Jordan, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett), some that returned (Raymond Feist, George Martin, Robert Silverberg, Anne McCaffrey), and some that are making their first appearance in Legends (Terry Brooks, Robin Hobb, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Haydon). These stories are all mostly of high quality, and if you are looking for an excellent sampling of talented and popular fantasy authors, this is the volume for you.
What I like best about the Legends collections is that they give me the chance to revisit some of my favorite authors and see their worlds from a different perspective than that which is presented in their novels. Raymond Feist returns to Midkemia with a story set during the Riftwar. "The Messenger" is a story of the messengers who bring the military orders from one commander to another, risking their lives in the process. Some minor characters from the novels make an appearance, and some major ones are mentioned, and though this has a simple storyline, this is a well told story. George Martin continues the story of Dunk and Egg that he began in the first Legends. "The Sworn Sword" is one of my favorite stories in the collection and it is set approximately a hundred years before "A Game of Thrones". I haven't read one of Orson Scott Card's "Alvin Maker" novels in years, but I have thoroughly enjoyed both of the Alvin Maker stories that have been in the Legends collections. "The Yazoo Queen" continues the story of Alvin, and this time mixes in characters like Abraham Lincoln and Jim Bowie (yes, it is appropriate to the story, and yes, it does work). Reading "The Yazoo Queen" makes me want to go back and start reading the series anew.
I was surprised by the appearance of Neil Gaiman in this collection, but I can't say that I am disappointed. He takes the character of Shadow, from "American Gods" and tells a story that occurs two years after that novel. "The Monarch of the Glen" is set in Scotland, and while this isn't my favorite of the collection, it was a nice interlude until we get the sequel to "American Gods." Robin Hobb's story is set in the world of the Liveship Traders (more so than the regions of the Farseer). As I have not read the Liveship trilogy, I don't really know how that story connects to the main series, but Hobb's talent is undeniable. "Homecoming" is written as if it was the travel journal of a passenger on a boat who initially thinks that they are on a ship to help set up a colony of the Cursed Shores, but as the story continues, she discovers more about why she is there and then what this new land is like. The story that I was most looking forward to in this collection was "Indomitable", by Terry Brooks. Set two years after "The Wishsong of Shannara", this story follows Jair Ohmsford after he is visited by Kimber Boh telling him that Cogline believes that Brin somehow missed a page when she destroyed the Ildatch. While it was very nice to return to these characters, this story ended up being a little bit of a let down and anti-climactic (despite the action packed ending). I've always been a big fan of Shannara, but somehow this story felt rushed.
There are also several authors whom I had heard of, but had not yet read any of their work. I'll start with the editor of this collection, Robert Silverberg. He returns to the world of Majipoor with "The Book of Changes". This story is set in the early history of the gigantic world of Majipoor. I don't know how this relates to the series as a whole, and while it did not make me want to rush out and start reading the Majipoor novels, if I ever start to run low on new fantasy novels to read, I may give Majipoor a chance. This is also the first time I have read anything by Elizabeth Haydon and her "Symphony of Ages" series. This story is one of the best of the collection and focuses on the destruction of Serendair and the men who were the last defenders of the city. I'm sure this ties in somehow into the larger series, and this story is good enough that "Rhapsody" will be placed on my future reading list. Tad Williams also makes an appearance in this collection, telling a story of "Otherland". "The Happiest Dead Boy in the World" is a story of Orlando Gardiner who had died of a debilitating illness but is able to live on in the Otherland computer simulated worlds. Since I have not read the Otherland novels, I don't know if knowing that Orlando died spoils anything or not. I thought the ideas presented in this story were fascinating, and I am definitely going to read "Otherland" now.
This leaves me with two stories left unmentioned. I saved them for last simply because I thought they were rather bad, though for different reasons. The first is by Diana Gabaldon. Her story of "Lord John and the Succubus" did absolutely nothing for me, except bore me. I was not able to get interested in any of the characters of this story, nor did I care what happened. I've not read any of Gabaldon's novels, but then I have not read Tad Williams or Elizabeth Haydon before, either. This story just did not work for me. The last story to mention is by Anne McCaffrey and is set on the world of Pern. The Pern novels have long been some of my favorites, which is why I hate to say that this wasn't a good story. "Beyond Between" tells of what happens when a dragon (and rider) go Between, but never return. "Between" is that place where the dragon goes while it is teleporting from location to location. It is icy cold, and it is death when the dragon fails to return. While, I suppose I have always been interested in what happens Between, I've never wanted a story about it. I'm not even sure the story should have been told as some things are best left to the reader's imagination. The other problem with this story is who it is about: Moreta. Readers of the Pern series will know that Moreta was a legendary Queen Rider who died when she exhausted herself and the dragon so much trying to deliver medicine to halt a plague that she failed to return from Between. Her death was a huge sacrifice and a powerful moment in that novel (as well as Pern's history, as a song was made of it). This story nullifies that power and that sacrifice and removes the importance of the event because it changes how we view what happened. As she is already dead, a story of Moreta's further adventures was simply disappointing both as a Pern story, as well as just being a story that was not terribly interesting despite my love of Pern.
With the exceptions of the two stories which I did not like, this was a fantastic collection and if anyone is looking for a new fantasy author to read and doesn't want to experiment with an entire novel, this collection is the place to look. I can only hope that Robert Silverberg will edit another Legends collection.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting and Pleasing 24. Februar 2005
Von Jennifer Bullard - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I must admit that I was completely drawn in to The Sworn Sword, the first story by George R. R. Martin. I could not seem to put the book down, I was mesmerized. As I continued to read on and focus on the next few stories, I found myself missing the first, but, that was soon to fade away upon reading Threshold by Elizabeth Haydon. That work was also beautiful and seemingly flawless. This book in general, every story, runs your mind around these authors vivid imaginations and turn your world upside down for the moment! Great read, highly recommended!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great collection of short novels. 8. März 2007
Von D. Brown - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I got this collection of stories just for George R. R. Martin's 'The Sworn Sword,' but after reading all of the stories I am now interested in a few new authors. This is a solid collection and I recommend it to any fans of the fantasy genre.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Spotty "Legends" 1. September 2004
Von E. A Solinas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Robert Silverberg delighted fantasy fans with the "Legends" anthology, containing solid novellas by everyone from Stephen King to Ursula Le Guin. But there are only so many good fantasy series out there, and the sequel anthology "Legends II" has a deadweight of tepid stories.

Silverberg himself contributes a story in his classic Mahjipoor series, an eerie tale of Mahjipoor's early history; George Martin provides a solid prequel for his dark epic Song of Fire and Ice series, while Tad Williams gives an insight into the post-death activities of a supporting character from the Otherland series, complete with a funny Tolkien homage ("Fare thee well also, Tharagorn, Cuddler of Elves"), and Terry Brooks gives an enticing if rushed epilogue to "Wishsong of Shannara." And Neil Gaiman provides a short-ish sequel featuring the hero of his "American Gods" book, an eerie dark gem.

Unfortunately, there are some very sketchy choices to round off the volume. Elizabeth Haydon's cataclysmic novella is bogged down by her overdramatic writing and overemotional characters. Anne McCaffrey's story is weirdly anticlimactic, as if she changed her mind what she wanted to happen in the "Moreta" book. And what is Diana Gabaldon's bizarre "Lord John and the Succubus" doing in this? It's more historical romance than fantasy.

The problem with "Legends II" is that it feels cobbled together, as if Silverberg chose whichever bestselling fantasies he could find (short of the "Harry Potter" series), and ignored the quality. At least it includes a wide range of fantasy. There's historical fantasy (Orson Scott Card's alternate US), sci-fantasy (Tad Williams), and dark fantasy that verges on horror (Neil Gaiman).

Perhaps a few of these stories were last-minute additions, since apparently a couple of authors pulled out. As it is, it feels rushed -- there's little of the gut-wrenching horror of King's novella, or the minimalist splendor of Le Guin's story. The overall collection feels, in a word, bland, despite some fairly good offerings.

"Legends II" fails to live up to the promise of its predessor, but it would have been a solid anthology if a few of the novellas were trimmed away. But parts of it are still deserving of a second or even third look.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Going back for more 27. August 2006
Von SciFi Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Both Legends I and II are must haves for any SF/Fantasy fan. I orginally purchased Legends I for Robert Jordan's and Tad William's short stories. I then promptly put it up on my shelf for a few years. I picked up Legends II for the Robin Hobb short. I then also filed it on my shelf. Somehow I have made it through tons of fantasy while dodging some of the most "advertised" names. I recently ran out of books to read. In my search for new authors, I scowered the net, and asked several friends for recommendations. One of my friends suggested I pick up Terry Pratchett, my net search said try George R.R. Martin... I had a fleeting thought that "hey they are popular, wonder if they are in Legends". Sure enough they are and then some. I pulled both Legends I and II off of my shelf and devoured several of the stories that I had previously ignored. It made a perfect way of deciding which authors I would like to read more of and which ones I could probably pass on. Both Legends I and II are treasures which should not be overlooked. I sincerly hope there is a Legends III.
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