Review: Epic edited by John Joseph Adams

EpicPublished by: Tachyon Publications
ISBN: 1616960841
ISBN 13: 9781616960841
Published: October 2012
Pages: 624
Format reviewed: Paperback
Site: Publisher Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Four out of Five
Lists: Recommended

‘Epic: Legends of Fantasy’ is an anthology edited together by John Joseph Adams featuring work that’s mostly previously published from many famous authors, and yet still a nice collection whether you’ve read it all before already or not.

The contents is as follows:

Foreword by Brent Weeks
“Homecoming” by Robin Hobb
“The Word of Unbinding” by Ursula K. Le Guin
“The Burning Man” by Tad Williams
“As the Wheel Turns” by Aliette de Bodard
“The Alchemist” by Paolo Bacigalupi
“Sandmagic” by Orson Scott Card
“The Road to Levinshir” by Patrick Rothfuss
“Rysn” by Brandon Sanderson
“While the Gods Laugh” by Michael Moorcock
“Mother of All Russiya” by Melanie Rawn
“Riding the Shore of the River of Death” by Kate Elliott
“The Bound Man” by Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Narcomancer” by N. K. Jemisin
“Strife Lingers in Memory” by Carrie Vaughn
“The Mad Apprentice” by Trudi Canavan
“Otherling” by Juliet Marillier
“The Mystery Knight” by George R. R. Martin

This anthology is worthwhile despite the inclusion of previously published work, because you’d be hard pressed to find a reader who’s read all work by all authors included. For example, one of the pieces was first published back in 1961. However, I wish it had been made more apparent, as I wasn’t aware some sections are simply chapters taken from novels, such as Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Rysn’.

The pieces are longer than the usual short story, which gives the chance to really submerge yourself in the world completely. The only bad thing is that it’ll mean you basically have to buy the books and probably the series that the pieces have been taken from, so make sure you have a spare few weeks and money ready and waiting.

This review was originally posted at SentientOnline on the 11th February 2013.


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