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Treasury of the Fantastic (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 16. Januar 2001


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“From the evocative images of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's ‘Kubla Khan’ and Lord Byron's ‘Darkness’ to Mark Twain's devil tale, ‘The Mysterious Stranger’ and Max Beerbohm's devil plus time travel fantasy, ‘Enoch Soames,’ the 44 stories and poems in this compilation of fantastic literature provides a solid grounding in the development of the genre. Because most of the writers are ‘mainstream’ rather than genre authors, this collection also makes a good case for fantasy as literature, while the presence of Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells and Lord Dunsany alongside Edith Wharton, Emily Dickinson, and E.M. Forster breaks down the barrier between literary and genre fiction. VERDICT: This is an important collection for all lovers of fantasy and literature.”
Library Journal

The Treasury of the Fantastic truly is a treasury of wonderful stories…Turns out there's not a dud to be found.”
F&SF

"A marvelous mix of classics and rarely seen works, bibliophile's finds and old favorites....a treasury in every sense and a treasure!"
-Connie Willis, author of Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog

The Treasury of the Fantastic is an amazing…marvellous collection. I love the romanticism of early fantasy, it is very different to the type of fantasy we read now, and yet you can see all the seeds and sparks that inspire much of today’s fantasy. The Treasury of the Fantastic is an anthology that easily fits in on your book shelf.”
Fantasy Book Review

"The fantasy tradition in English and American literature is rich and varied and strange. This is the book to read to find out what you never knew you needed to know."
—David G. Hartwell, editor of the Year's Best Fantasy series

“It was an absolute delight to see so [many] of these authors collected here and finding new treasures I hadn’t realized really fell into the realm of fantasy.”
—Tabitha Perkins, My Shelf Confessions

The Treasury of the Fantastic is truly that, a comprehensive collection of fantastical literature from throughout the many years covering the romanticism era to the early twentieth century.... an exquisitely curated collection....”
The Arched Doorway
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A collection of literature from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Dragons, ghosts, dreams and nightmares, fairies, cures and enchantments, the inexplicable and unknown, are all here to delight, unnerve, to provoke wonder and catch the reader unawares.

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HASH(0x9d931d14) von 5 Sternen fabulous book, 18. Januar 2001
Von Alan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
this book is a great anthology for those who want an introduction to this impressive literary period. It provides an eclectic collection that lets the reader sample a wide range of works that touches upon the whole spectrum of the era. Although I did not enjoy all of the works from this anthology, there was enough taht moved me for me to say it is worth buying. ENJOY!
HASH(0x9d4619b4) von 5 Sternen Fantastic is exactly what you will get! 24. Januar 2014
Von Pabkins - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Before the fantasy of our current times there were the classics. Possibly little known to readers of the genre or perchance you're familiar with many of the names that make up the collection in The Treasury of the Fantastic. And fantastic is exactly what you will get!

Being a long time lover of anything fantasy since the first time I set my eyes on something magical it was such a pleasure to read these stories by some of the masters in classic literature. Some of these stories I had already read before and many more it was my first time experiencing. It was an absolute delight to see so of these authors collected here and finding new treasures I hadn't realized really fell into the realm of fantasy. In the foreward there is even a criteria given of how the editors went about selecting which pieces to include. This might help clear things up for us readers if you perusing the name list and wondering why a particular author or other isn't here.

Keeping in mind that these are all works written between the early 1800s to 1923. So you definitely get that old world feel while you're reading. Admittedly, while I do enjoy the occasional classic literature it is not to my preferred reading taste. Mostly because you have to read it slowly to effectively absorb and process the writing. For this reason it took almost 4 months to get through this thick volume when normally I can read an anthology of this size in a month or two. This is not light reading and in my opinion it was best read in between my other novels or occasionally one every few evenings.

Normally when I review collections I give each price an individual rating but there were just too many (44) in this one. Suffice to say many I adored, others were good and very few I slogged through. If you're a classic literature can as well as a lover a fantasy then pick this up and experience some of the earlier works in the genre!
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HASH(0x9d352450) von 5 Sternen Wonderful compilation, but some bad typos 9. August 2004
Von Nick Bogan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
From Mary Shelley's The Mortal Immortal, on p. 90, is the following paragraph:

"Soon after this eventful day, I became the husband of Bertha. I ceased to be the scholar of Cornelius, but I continued his friend. I always felt grateful to him for having, unaware, procured me that Cornelius, but I continued his friend. I always felt grateful to him for having, unaware, procured me that delicious draught of a divine elixir, which instead of curing me of love (sad cure! solitary and joyless remedy for evils which seem blessings to the memor" (Yes, the paragraph ends with "memor")

On p. 96, in the same story:

"This very day I conceived a design by which I may end all--without self-slaughter, without making another man a Cain--an making another man a Cain--an expedition..."

There were also misspellings in previous stories, though I can't cite one at the moment. When a text is unreliable, I mistrust my reading of it, particularly for 19th century works such as are found in the book.
HASH(0x9d599630) von 5 Sternen Great stories put in a non-optimal order 19. Mai 2016
Von Elizabeth - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The selection of stories is wonderful, but I have three complaints. First of all, putting together an anthology is like putting together an album- it's an art. The selection of works is important and so is the order in which you put them. This book did half that job well in selecting great stories, but it simply put them in chronological order, which was not optimal. The Victorians went through a phase of ghost stories that is much like our current phase of zombie stories. All the ghost stories in the anthology were worthy of being there, but I didn't like that they were all next to each other- they should have been distributed through the book to avoid monotony. There also wasn't much regard for switching up the lengths of stories. Like, usually after a super long story (and there were a couple that were more novellas than short stories) you want to have some shorter stories to refresh your brain before taking the next plunge into a longer one. This book had no regard for that. Sure, there's something to be said for reading the stories chronologically, but I feel like the editors could have just included a second chronological table of contents at the beginning for readers who wanted to do that and then they could have arranged the stories in the most pleasing order. One needs to have already read the stories in order to know the most pleasing order whereas one doesn't need much familiarity with the stories to put them in chronological order, so if putting the stories in one of those orders is to be left up to the reader, the chronological order should be the one that involves jumping around the book.

My second complaint is that the forward is ridiculous. It's just an old guy complaining about the current state of fiction and saying that the past is better. Thing is, when we look at past fiction the mediocre stuff has been lost to obscurity so we only see the good stuff whereas in modern times the mediocre stuff is still around us distracting from the good stuff. In a hundred years people will only see the good stuff from our time period and see just as high a standard as what we see from the nineteenth century. Besides, you don't have to hate on current literature in order to appreciate old literature.

My last complaint is the inclusion of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper. Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful story, I've read it multiple times and I love it. The problem is that it's realism, and its being realism is very important to the point that Gilman is making- thus it doesn't belong in a collection of fantasy. Sure, superficially it seems fantastical, but the fantastical elements are hallucinations and delusions by a narrator who is slowly going mad and the reader is supposed to understand this. Gilman has stated herself that this was her intention- she's making a point about how certain psychiatric practices of the day were as likely to cause madness as cure it. Sure, literature is up for interpretation and maybe the author doesn't have a monopoly on interpreting it. But including the story in a treasury of fantasy seems to push a certain interpretation and when that interpretation is contrary to the author's intent, that seems kind of wrong to me. I wouldn't make the same complaint about the inclusion of the story by H G Wells even though it could also be interpreted as realism through the point of view of someone going mad. This is because Wells' point doesn't change whether it's a hallucination or something real.

But enough negativity. The vast majority of the stories in this book are worth reading, so I do highly recommend it and I hope the editors do manage to make a treasury of stories from the next time period as they say they want to. I will certainly read that book if it comes out.
HASH(0x9dbbf93c) von 5 Sternen Riches for Readers 2. Dezember 2013
Von Lisa A. Wilt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A long, long overdue bow to the to the literary masters, male and female, who engaged their creative powers in fantastic imaginings that were loved by students of literature before J. R. R. Tolkien began entertaining his sons with stories of Middle Earth. The telling of fantastic stories started ages before them in the oral legends of the world's peoples, engaging--and disturbing--the minds of eager listeners. Our potential for inventing fascinating fiction will never be bankrupted.
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