The Big Book of Classic Fantasy

The Big Book of Classic Fantasy

Unearth the enchanting origins of fantasy fiction with a collection of tales as vast as the tallest tower and as mysterious as the dark depths of the forest. Fantasy stories have always been with us. They illuminate the odd and the uncanny, the wondrous and the fantastic: all the things we know are lurking just out of sight--on the other side of the looking-glass, beyond Unearth the enchanting origins of fantasy fiction with a collection of tales as vast as the tallest tower and as myste...

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Title:The Big Book of Classic Fantasy
Author:Ann VanderMeer
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:0525435565
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:848 pages pages

The Big Book of Classic Fantasy Reviews

  • R.
    Aug 06, 2019
    Some good gems in this here book. ...
  • Mike
    May 13, 2019
    Firstly, let's be clear: when the editors call this a big book, they're not kidding around. It's enormous. "Classic" fantasy here extends from the late 18th to the mid-20th century, and the stories (and excerpts from novels) are arranged chronologically, so patterns emerge naturall...
  • Mai
    Jul 15, 2019
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  • Breanne Gibson
    Aug 04, 2019
    Thank you for the free review book, NetGalley. Fantasy is my favorite genre, and this collection is a gem. The depth and variety included in this collection of fantasy stories is impressive. This is one I will definitely be purchasing in physical format to have on my shelf! ...
  • Keith Chawgo
    May 07, 2019
    The Big Book of Classic Fantasy has something for everyone is the quintessential book of incredible short story fantasy. Including the works of Kafka, Benson, Tolkein, Sakutaro and Wells is just the tip of this glorious mountain of work. You will find extraordinary stories of fiction w...
  • Juli Rahel
    Jul 27, 2019
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  • Andy
    Aug 02, 2019
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  • HollyLovesBooks
    Jul 22, 2019
    This is an incredible collection of fantasy works throughout several periods in literature. This is probably the largest file I have ever received from NetGalley, so when the title says "Big Book" you can believe it. I was impressed with the scientific approach to determining what to ...
  • Alex Sarll
    Aug 16, 2019
    I don't normally put reviews on books I've not finished, but there are certain books where finishing isn't really the point ? they're more for dipping into when the mood takes one, part of the furniture of a life. For some people the Bible would be the obvious candidate, but I'm talk...
  • Ralph Blackburn
    Apr 20, 2019
    The Big Book of Classic Fantasy, Ann and Jeff Vander Meer Ed.- As they did with the Big Book of Science Fiction, the Vander Meer's have fashioned a large volume of early classical fantasies. Not much swords and sorcery here, no Conan, no Elric, just as it states, classic fantasies of t...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    Apr 01, 2019
    Certainly I?ll have read a fair few of these stories before. But 14 unpublished in English until now!! Count me in! eARC received. Read and review to come closer to publication date. ...
  • Annie
    Aug 06, 2019
    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. The Big Book of Classic Fantasy is a massive anthology of classic speculative fiction (as defined by editors Ann & Jeff Vandermeer). Released 2nd July 2019 by Knopf Doubleday on their Vintage imprint, it's 848 pages and avail...
  • Martha Davis
    Aug 15, 2019
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  • WS_BOOKCLUB
    Apr 15, 2019
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This will be available to purchase on July second. In case it isn?t painfully obvious based on my other blog posts, I love fantasy of every kind. I was so excited to delve into this collectio...
  • Kaitlin Marie-Brown Salter
    Sep 01, 2019
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  • Jen
    Jun 21, 2019
    Full disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. The editors define classic fantasy to include stories written between the early 1800s and WWII. They attempt to represent the natural diversity of the genre (which they...
  • Juli
    Aug 10, 2019
    I am a sucker for humongous anthologies -- if it has the words Big, Giant or Mammoth in the title, I'm gonna read it! It might take me awhile to read through a book several inches thick (or an egalley file in this case), but I'm going to read every word and savor each story. I like ant...
  • Alexis Stankewitz
    Aug 09, 2019
    Very interesting collection of classic fantasy stories,alot of them I actually hadn't heard of before reading this collection. ...
  • Jj
    Sep 03, 2019
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  • Robert Scott
    Sep 11, 2019
    Only partially finished at page 522. Returned to library. Will Check out again. ...
  • Joel Mitchell
    May 28, 2019
    Having read and greatly enjoyed Ann & Jeff VanderMeer?s massive anthology entitled The Weird, I jumped at the chance to review another one of their tomes. This volume collects ?classic fantasy? stories (and excerpts from longer books) ranging in date from the early 1800?s u...
  • Janne Janssens
    Jul 31, 2019
    This was a great collection, considering the variety of authors and styles, and the fact that Ann and Jeff Vandermeer succeeded in publishing an admirable number of stories that have never been translated to English before. I did not like every story, but it is not the purpose of th...
  • Paul
    Aug 09, 2019
    Ehhhhh, I dunno. VanderMeer is not an authority on anything relating to fantasy (attending terrible fantasy writer's workshops doesn't count) and any collection of literature labeled "classic fantasy" arguably shouldn't include Hawthorne, Melville, Gogol, Cather, Tolstoy, Du Bois, Nabo...
  • Sydney Smith
    Apr 13, 2019
    Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC. So this is a great compendium, and one I?ll definitely buy when it?s released, but it has flaws. I appreciate the variety of stories here, most of which I had never read, but a lot of them didn?t have satisfying endings and they?re all su...
  • Realms & Robots
    Aug 08, 2019
    The Big Book of Classic Fantasy is the new gold standard for fantasy literary history, providing an excellent cadence of essential stories we all know and love, and often overlooked stories that are equally brilliant. I have my fair share of anthologies and this stands above the rest. ...
  • Paul
    May 03, 2019
    It's tough to go wrong with this collection (even though I don't read a lot of fantasy). The editors are topnotch and thus most of the stories are too. A good mix of classic and little-known stories. Recommended. I really appreciate the ARC for review!! ...
  • Megan Forrest
    May 03, 2019
    This is the type of compendium that everyone should have at home. It is HUGE. The collection covers just about everything you could think of. Some of the stories may read a little oddly to people, however often that is due to their age/translation, and it is something worth noticing an...
  • Dan Trefethen
    Aug 15, 2019
    First, let's define our terms. The Vandermeers define ?classic fantasy? as strange tales written between the early 1800s and WWII, when the concept of the 'fantasy' was being formed. They do not mean ?classic? in the sense of ?works that are widely accepted as the definiti...
  • Daniel
    Sep 06, 2019
    808 pages of classical fantasy: new and old. Multiple authors representing the foundations of the genre. A long haul, but imminently worthwhile to the reader. ...
  • Amod
    Aug 13, 2019
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