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Simple and complex, humorous and thrilling, fantastically logical and completely surprising, these 40 works of fiction are the best fantasy stories from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Drawing on the Magazine's bank of almost 5,000 stories built up over decades as the leading publisher of short fantasy fiction, this unique collection combines established maste Simple and complex, humorous and thrilling, fantastically logical and completely surprising, these 40 works of fiction are the best fantasy stories from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Drawing on the Magazine's bank of almost 5,000 stories built up over decades as the leading publisher of short fantasy fiction, this unique collection combines established masterpieces with little known gems and rarely anthologized long stories with imaginative sketches. Authors featured in this prestigious collection include Nebula and Hugo Award winners. Bob Leman The Tehama


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Simple and complex, humorous and thrilling, fantastically logical and completely surprising, these 40 works of fiction are the best fantasy stories from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Drawing on the Magazine's bank of almost 5,000 stories built up over decades as the leading publisher of short fantasy fiction, this unique collection combines established maste Simple and complex, humorous and thrilling, fantastically logical and completely surprising, these 40 works of fiction are the best fantasy stories from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Drawing on the Magazine's bank of almost 5,000 stories built up over decades as the leading publisher of short fantasy fiction, this unique collection combines established masterpieces with little known gems and rarely anthologized long stories with imaginative sketches. Authors featured in this prestigious collection include Nebula and Hugo Award winners. Bob Leman The Tehama

30 review for The Best Fantasy Stories from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This is a big door-stop gift-edition hardback with forty stories from thirty-five years of F & SF. There are a lot of good stories, some very good stories, a few iconic classics, and a few that didn't much do anything for me. I wouldn't agree that they're the best fantasy stories from the magazine, but that's a very subjective opinion. I would have selected different stories by some of the authors who are represented. I liked the stories by Tom Reamy, Ron Goulart, Stephen King, Jack Vance, Fritz This is a big door-stop gift-edition hardback with forty stories from thirty-five years of F & SF. There are a lot of good stories, some very good stories, a few iconic classics, and a few that didn't much do anything for me. I wouldn't agree that they're the best fantasy stories from the magazine, but that's a very subjective opinion. I would have selected different stories by some of the authors who are represented. I liked the stories by Tom Reamy, Ron Goulart, Stephen King, Jack Vance, Fritz Leiber, Richard Matheson, Larry Niven, Robert Bloch, Sterling E. Lanier, and maybe a few others. My favorites were One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts by Shirley Jackson and Jeffty is Five by Harlan Elllison.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl is busier irl atm.

    Inherited. Need to get this big old hardcover off my shelves. I may not read it all, as I'm not as fond of fantasy as I am of SF. No intro., no discernible order (not title nor author's name, not original publication date...). - "Far from Home" by Walter S. Tevis - short, lovely - "My Dear Emily" by Joanna Russ - imo unreadable, dnf - "The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule" by Lucius Shepard - amazing novelette: original & lyrical and I will absolutely look for more by the author - "The Vanishing Ame Inherited. Need to get this big old hardcover off my shelves. I may not read it all, as I'm not as fond of fantasy as I am of SF. No intro., no discernible order (not title nor author's name, not original publication date...). - "Far from Home" by Walter S. Tevis - short, lovely - "My Dear Emily" by Joanna Russ - imo unreadable, dnf - "The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule" by Lucius Shepard - amazing novelette: original & lyrical and I will absolutely look for more by the author - "The Vanishing American" by Charles Beaumant - snappy satire - "The Cloud-Sculptors of Coral D" by J. G. Ballard - nice try but cliched, sexist, ableist, also just badly written - "The Invasion of the Church of the Holy Ghost" by Russell Kirk - novelette on subjects that do not interest me, dnf - "The Accountant" by Robert Sheckley - darkly funny (well, yeah, it's Sheckley) - "The Fire When It Comes" by Parke Godwin - ah... no... G. is not drawn as a real woman; is this what they mean when they say 'male gaze' - ? - "My Boy Friend's Name is Jello" by Avram Davidson - anecdote meant to be witty, p'raps satirical, but fails due to misogyny - "San Diego Lightfoot Sue" by Tom Reamy - meant to be both romance and fantasy, but the fantasy seems shoe-horned in to, as it turns, wreck the romance and the story too - "Sooner or Later or Never Never" by Gary Jennings - satire of missionaries in Australia, pretty funny - "Jeffty is Five" by Harlan Ellison - sentimental nostalgia in a story you've prolly seen in other anthologies - "The Third Level" by Jack Finney - sentimental nostalgia you've seen on Twilight Zone and in Finney's novels - "The Silken-Swift" by Theodore Sturgeon - a wicked witch and a noble unicorn - "Another Orphan" by John Kessell - a love letter to *Moby Dick* that just might get the original a few more readers - "The Manor of Roses" by Thomas Burnett Swann - skipped, I don't like the setting or the 'voice' - "Please Stand By" by Ron Goulart - starts out funny, gets adventurous; I'd like to find more - "Downtown" by Thomas M. Disch - short surreality - "Man Overboard" by John Collier - playboy seeks sea serpent - "One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts" by Shirley Jackson - about a man who does nice things... or so it seems - "Yes, We Have No Ritchard" by Bruce Jay Friedman - about a man who thinks he's nice enough to go to heaven... but... - "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet" by Stephen King - analysis of madness assoc. w/ writers... better than it sounds, and better than expected - "That Hell-Bound Train" by Robert Bloch - very short 'trick the devil' story - "Will You Wait?" by Alfred Bester - clever the first time I read it in another anthology, but not again - "Sule Skerry" by Jane Yolen - I didn't appreciate this dark fairy tale or whatever it is - "La Ronde" by Damon Knight - "Narrow Valley" by R. A. Lafferty - funny story with a topology gimmick - "Not Long Before the End" by Larry Niven. - "$1.98" by Arthur Porges - clever but offensive vignette - "The Tehama" by Bob Leman - a bit Lovecraftian. The 'Indian' culture is interesting but totally made up. - "Ghost of a Crown" by Sterling E. Lanier - I struggled to >1/2 but had to give up, not to my taste - "Pages from a Young Girl's Journal" by Robert Aickman - just another vampire story, I read to the end only because I saw hints that Mama and Papa were already long-lived or something, but no - "Narapoia" by Alan Nelson - clever short satire - "Born of Man and Woman" by Richard Matheson very short horror, response to a mutant scare? - "Mythago Wood" by Robert Holdstock - dnf, too gothic-ish - "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - skipped, didn't need the umpteenth reread - "Four Ghosts in Hamlet" by Fritz Leiber - sort of funny, I guess? Gotta be a drama major to fully appreciate I think - "Gorilla Suit" by John Shepley - short satire, worth reading - "Green Magic" by Jack Vance - not my thing, skipped - "Black Air" by Kim Stanley Robinson - not my thing, skipped Ok, to sum. I shoulda skipped more. I was surprised by how much I liked the King story, my interests in Tevis and Sheckley are confirmed, and I might try something more by Goulart. Marked dnf so I wouldn't have to give it a low rating... some of you might like it a lot more. Posting to paperbackswap.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Corinne

    I choose the book for the Bob Leman story. I picked some more to read before I give it back to library. It's almost 800 pages & 40 stories. - Stephen King - The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet - 5* That was fun, I hope to read this one again at some point. Look at the cover from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 1984 - Robert Aickman - Pages from a Young Girl's Journal - DNF - Too much unsaid. I need my stories more clear. - Thomas Burnett Swann - The Manor of Roses - DNF - or hardly I choose the book for the Bob Leman story. I picked some more to read before I give it back to library. It's almost 800 pages & 40 stories. - Stephen King - The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet - 5* That was fun, I hope to read this one again at some point. Look at the cover from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 1984 - Robert Aickman - Pages from a Young Girl's Journal - DNF - Too much unsaid. I need my stories more clear. - Thomas Burnett Swann - The Manor of Roses - DNF - or hardly start but it looks like he writes stories I would like so I must not be in the mood. I think it's unfamiliar territory so it felt like work. - Thomas M. Disch (he wrote The Brave Little Toaster) - Downtown - 2* - Did I see this story as a Twilight Zone episode? I wish more was explained in this too short story. - Shirley Jackson - One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts - 2.5* - Readable, held my interest. A man set about making everyone happy he met, meanwhile his wife did the opposite. (view spoiler)[ It ended with them saying they were ready to trade roles as if this was their regular routine. On deeper analysis (google searches) "People are capable of choosing to be good or evil - or at least, to act in good or evil ways. They have free will." Maybe I should be concerned with myself for not understanding the intention of this story. (hide spoiler)] - Jack Vance - Green Magic - DNF - I researched this one too because I know Vance is worthy of some attention. I liked the summary of the story I found on the internet but I really couldn't read the story. My brain and his writing style didn't mesh. If someone is sitting in a truck observing "the vistas of the green realm" and in the next section found sitting at a cocktail bar, I must be given a bit of direction on how he got there or at least some closure to the previous activity.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Isabel (kittiwake)

    I nearly gave up on this book, as strangely, nearly all of the interesting stories were in the second half of the book. I'm giving it 2.5 stars because it was a mixture of good and poor stories. I've read a couple of these stories before, "Jeffty is Five" and "That Hell-bound Train". I nearly gave up on this book, as strangely, nearly all of the interesting stories were in the second half of the book. I'm giving it 2.5 stars because it was a mixture of good and poor stories. I've read a couple of these stories before, "Jeffty is Five" and "That Hell-bound Train".

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Wiederin

    this book and I have a love hate relationship. there were some stories that were amazing and some I hated my self for even wasting my time on. so yea not the best but not the worst

  6. 4 out of 5

    Taco Banana

    Jeffty is Five by Harlan Ellison is a fantastically written story with all kinds of punch. By far the best of the lot in this collection.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

  8. 5 out of 5

    Scout Who

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joe Blanford

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marius

  11. 5 out of 5

    Crumb

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Ridgway

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debee

  15. 4 out of 5

    Silvia Pato

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angel Dario

  17. 4 out of 5

    Steinar Sigurdsson

  18. 4 out of 5

    treese

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cp Leigh

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Lovatt

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Armstrong

  22. 5 out of 5

    Grond

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  24. 5 out of 5

    **vhee**

  25. 4 out of 5

    Allen Casper

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janine

  27. 4 out of 5

    Enemigin Kevinson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

  29. 5 out of 5

    gargravarr

  30. 4 out of 5

    Phil Williamson

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