Fantasy / Sci-fi
Editor: Robert Silverberg
Published By: Del Rey Books
Reviewed by Rowena Kemp
A few weeks ago, I once again had a craving for some fantasy/ sci-fi novels. I had been reading some, but was slowly loosing interest in them. The rest of the novels I had were crime novels, one in particular that I read chapter for chapter slowly because of its complexity. So yeah, my brain-fuse was blown and I needed some reading material that wouldn’t cause smoke to billow out my ears. So I did what every book lover does in this situation - hit the book sales! A co-worker from Canada suggested Tad Williams and his series “Otherland” to me, but none of the stores had them, except for one. They had a collection of short stories and among the authors was Tad Williams. So I picked it up and started reading it that night and since then haven’t been able to put it down for a long period of time.
Legends II is a collection of short stories by 11 of modern fantasy’s masters. Each story begins with a background behind the series, a description about the world and lore created by the author and an introduction into the characters and the people. What I most enjoyed about the stories is that you need not know anything about the world or have read any of the books before the publication to understand the story and its plot. It also opened me up to authors I have never read or even know about. My fan base has now doubled and I’ll soon become bankrupt with all the books I’ll be ordering.
I’d recommend this book for anyone looking to expand their collection but not willing to invest a great deal in purchasing a whole bookshelf of books to keep with the series and end up not enjoying them.