2014-02-19 · in Books · 100 words

Published in 2013, this is an impressive collection of fantasy short stories — there was only one here that didn't really grab me.

K J Parker's The Dragonslayer of Merebarton (set, peripherally, in the Engineer universe) is excellent, as expected. Ellen Klages' Sponda the Suet Girl and the Secret of the French Pearl features some highly entertaining alchemy. Several others — e.g. Ellen Kushner and Ysabeu S. Wilce's One Last, Great Adventure and Jeffrey Ford's Spirits of Salt — play with the fairy-tale form. All in all, good stuff, and highly recommended; I'll be seeking more from all the authors here.