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Flashing Swords 1 Read & Download ñ 9 Lin Carter å 9 Download review Flashing Swords 1 Swept the air it left a trail of sparks Magic derives from personal force My passion alone will defeat the archveults I glory in the forthcoming confrontation Ah but they will regret their deeds Morreion by Jack VanceStunned beaten naked with hardly a tool or weapon among them the merfolk followed their lord Tauno hung fists clenched on harpoon until they were out of sight The last. I enjoy these for the enthusiasm Lin Carter has for Sword Sorcery His writing of was not strong take his entry in this volume for example but he was a great promoter of SS and classic fantasy in general here I refer to him as editor of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series On a drunken lark he founded SAGA Sword and Sorcery Guild of America It was to thumb his nose at those who scoffed at SS and included drinking games and outrageous titles The Flashing Swords anthologies collect SS tales from members of SAGA The Sadness of the Executioner Fritz Leiber s Fahfrd and Gray Mouser story is slight and not a strong example of the series Morrein Jack Vance is a Dying Earth tale and showcases the greed and depravity of wizards in that realm The Merman s Children by Poul Anderson is my favorite in the collection A mix of pagan myth and Christian values The Higher Heresies of Oolinar by Lin Carter is a weak story but serves as an example of a common Carter Self Promotion He would promise stories meant to change everything and would then fail to actually publish said stories His Amalric The Mangod was his promise to publish a series unlike any other in SS Unfortunately this reads like a bad SS movie from the early 80 s Bangkit Selepas Bercerai passion alone will defeat the archveults I glory in the forthcoming confrontation Ah but they will regret their deeds Morreion by Jack VanceStunned beaten naked with hardly a tool or weapon among them the merfolk followed their lord Tauno hung fists clenched on harpoon until they were out of sight The last. I enjoy these for the enthusiasm Lin Carter has for Sword Sorcery His writing of was not strong take his entry in this volume for example but he was a great Thorn and Needle promoter of SS and classic fantasy in general here I refer to him as editor of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series On a drunken lark he founded SAGA Sword and Sorcery Guild of America It was to thumb his nose at those who scoffed at SS and included drinking games and outrageous titles The Flashing Swords anthologies collect SS tales from members of SAGA The Sadness of the Executioner Fritz Leiber s Fahfrd and Gray Mouser story is slight and not a strong example of the series Morrein Jack Vance is a Dying Earth tale and showcases the greed and depravity of wizards in that realm The Merman s Children by Poul Anderson is my favorite in the collection A mix of This is Sadie pagan myth and Christian values The Higher Heresies of Oolinar by Lin Carter is a weak story but serves as an example of a common Carter Self Promotion He would Where's Mommy? promise stories meant to change everything and would then fail to actually Llama Llama Home with Mama publish said stories His Amalric The Mangod was his Llama Llama Holiday Drama promise to Insomnia publish a series unlike any other in SS Unfortunately this reads like a bad SS movie from the early 80 s

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Flashing Swords 1 Read & Download ñ 9 Lin Carter å 9 Download review Flashing Swords 1 Introductory Essay Of Swordsmen Sorcerers by Lin CarterThe Still less than momentary ualm which Death experienced at this point was far deeper and stronger than that which he had felt in the case of Lithuil Fafhrd and the Mouser had served him well and in vastly varied fashion the the Mad Duke The Sadness of the Executionerby Fritz LeiberMorreion made a furious motion; as his hand. Okay so Lin Carter and his science fantasy pals in the early 70s liked to hang out and give each other titles and generally congregate and pat each other on the back which is fine I guess So it must have been somewhat inevitable that Flashing Swords happened So this is supposed to all be about the Sword Sorcery genre and is even dedicated to the memory of Robert E Howard Being a huge Howard fan this lead to a big disappointment Alright so let s start with the high points Fritz Leiber s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser story Sadness of the Executioner is a good little uickie that has our heroes contending with none other than Death a death not necessarily the Death It s super uick but it has some honest to goodness sword and sorcery stuff Also very good was Jack Vance s Dying Earth story Morreion Far future sorcerers take turns trying to screw each other over for IOUN stones over the course of a galactic odyssey There isn t really much in the way of swordplay it s all sorcery but it consistently delivers This is the first I ve read of the series I can never seem to track down an affordable copy of the first book but it has got me hungry for Then comes Poul Anderson The Merman s Children which is supposed to be adaptation of a folktale or something It does involve some fighting and a giant kraken guarding a treasure What the story is mostly about is mer people not having souls and about mer people having sex a lot For some reason a good portion of this story is dedicated to how naked the mer people usually are they don t have fish tails but they do have visible junk and how much sex they have with humans It felt like some kinda fantasy not exactly a sword and sorcery fantasy though For some reason this particular vaudeville show closes out on Lin Carter s The Higher Heresies of Oolimar a story of Amalric the Mangod Carter claims this represents a departure from his other work and that it owes less to Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs which begs the uestion of why it s in this collection at all The story clocks in at just 63 pages so why are we made to sit through the long droned exposition of the gods instructing Amalric like an M substitute in a half assed James Bond clone Why are two entire pages wasted on describing the giant insect our hero and his wizard sidekick are about to ride on Why does our barbarous he man muscle hero sit passive while things are endlessly described Let me scream about this a little bit why when Fafhrd and Mouser can thwart death in a spare 14 pages and wizards can plot and scheme on 3 planet over 70 pages and those damned mer folk make all that time with time left for a treasure uest over like 80 pages can t Lin Carter make anything of note happen in 63 damned pages This book is supposed to be a tribute to Sword Sorcery and it s creator yet Carter s example falls farthest from the mark Carter edited and wrote Conan books you know the dude read all those stories why can t a he write one to save his life He says in his introduction how easy it is to write that stuff but I suspect it may take effort than he s willing to expend maybe if he spent time writing than he did plugging his various series Fantasy writing needs to be energetic it needs to excite an emotion other than boredom and frustration and things need to happen Carter always does the same thing he creates an overpowered hero dumps them in a rich fantasy realm puts them through a couple of minor perils or diversions then either tosses off a solution the satisfies nobody or leaves everything open for the next exciting adventure Good job Fritz Leiber and Jack Vance

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Flashing Swords 1 Read & Download ñ 9 Lin Carter å 9 Download review Flashing Swords 1 Stones of the royal hall toppled and Liri was a ruin The Merman's Children by Poul AndersonThree goblins were entangled in the webs They kicked and struggled furiously spittling like cats but only managed to become tightly and completely enmeshed in the sticky green stuff The six other goblins came flying howling at him The Higher Heresies of Oolimar by Lin Carter Amalrik the Mang. Previously published at ThewillerycomOne day while browsing my local used bookstore I found a bundle of four books entitled Flashing Swords 1 4 The first two covers were by Frank Frazetta and I was familiar with about half the authors and liked their work and style so I decided to give it a try I like discovering old authors from my chosen genre s past Out of the four authors in volume 1 I was familiar with Fritz Leiber and Jack Vance but had only actually read Fritz Leiber before I read several stories in the Songs of the Dying Earth edited by George RR Martin which is a tribute to Jack Vance s world I had no exposure to Lin Carter or Poul AndersonLin Carter s introductory essay Of Swordsmen and Sorcerers was a fascinating read for the historical background he gave in the sub genre and the roles each of the authors played in it I knew that the sub genre was born out of Robert E Howard s work but I did not know that the term Sword Sorcery was coined by Fritz Leiber Below in my uote section you will find Carter s definition of the sub genreFritz Leiber s The Sadness of the Executioner is a Fafhrd and the Mouser tale but the duo are not the starts of the tale Death takes the center stage as he seeks to fulfill his uota for the current uarter Running out of time and needing two heroes to fulfill that particular uota he decides to send a couple enraged people to kill the pair Unfortunately the pair of anti heroes are not so easy to kill leaving Death with no choice but to uickly kill two other heroes to fulfill his uota I ve always enjoyed reading Leiber s stories and I enjoyed this story It was my favorite of the collection I only wish it had been longer it s the shortest story in the book If you ve never read a Fafhrd and the Mouser tale I would not start with this one as I ve mentioned they play a minor part in the story I would however recommend you try Leiber for a fun easy uick readJack Vance s Morreion takes place in his famous The Dying Earth world As the sun is ready to die and with it Earth magic has once again returned The landscape has changed and is nothing like the Earth we know and love Vance is an uniue writer His writing style is in my opinion very modern He s like the grandfather of our modern weird sub genre He makes up races places and creatures that are unlike your regular fantasy troupes and gives them names that don t lend themselves to description and does minimal physical descriptions and little to no background information This can leave the reader a little lost or confused That said he s a very lyrical writer and he makes you want to read his story in hopes you ll come to understand it how he intended This story involves wizards and trying to steal IOUN stones from Morreion They end up taking the stones from Morreion but then begin to fight over who gets to keep the stones I look at Vance as the type of author you read and study if you want to get a PhD in fantasy reading or you re bored with low brow fantasy authors which I find a little ironic as most people have a certain prejudice of Sword Sorcery fantasy as low brow writingPoul Anderson s The Merman s Children is based on a medieval ballad of Agnete and Her Lover The story is about a human female who falls in love with a Merman and ends up living underwater and giving birth to several children who are able to live above or below the surface Then one day the mother decides she misses her life above ground and by resurfacing unknowingly sets a course of destruction and trials for the Merfolk and her children below The story itself was entertaining and I liked the originality of it but it was a slow read It didn t inspire me to seek after of Anderson s books which is the point of an anthologyLin Carter s The Higher Heresies of Oolimar is a little too much like a ode to Conan or Hercules When a non fantasy reader thinks of Sword Sorcery this is the type of hero they would imagine It stars Amalric an immortal super human with side kick wizard named Ubonidus Amalric is given a uest by a sphere that I assume is a communication device between him and the higher gods to go and destroy a man named Thun and his evil city of death conuerors However along the way to this uest Amalric and Ubonidus have a detour in the city of Oolimar This was obviously set up to be a introduction to a novel or the beginning of a series of short stories as the main uest never takes place It s an easy story to read but I didn t really enjoy it or find anything in the characters or world that made me want to see if Amalric ever defeats ThunNow that I ve read all of the stories how do they hold up today 41 years later The first volume is weak Even the authors I like I didn t like these particular stories enough to suggest any of you go hunt this book down I found it enlightening to learn about the sub genre itself and would recommend the introduction to anyone who would like to learn about Sword Sorcery I d highly recommend any fan of fantasy to check out or borrow a Fritz Leiber or Jack Vance book I find them very entertaining For Anderson and Carter I wouldn t bother reading their work unless you re a fan and a completest There is violence and sexual situations in the stories but nothing graphic so I would recommend the book for older teenagers and adultsFavorite uote We call a story Sword Sorcery when it is an action tale derived from the traditions of the pulp magazine adventure story set in a land age or world of the author s invention a milieu in which magic actually works and the gods are real a story over which pits a stalwart warrior in direct conflict with the forces of supernatural evil Lin Carter in Flashing Swords 1

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 267
  • Flashing Swords 1
  • Lin Carter
  • English
  • 11 June 2020
  • 9780440026402