Repost from my BlogThere are a couple of anthologies edited by GRRM and Gardner Dozois, featuring diverse topics like Warriors, Old Mars, or Dangerous Women cf my review Here, authors delivered not only fantasy or SF stories but also history, thriller, and other genres involving Rogues, con men, tricksters In Dangerous Women, which was published the same year, authors often interpreted the given given topic very loosely So, I was somewhat sceptical, but found that most story in Rogues staid true to the combining theme Tone and style of the authors differed heavily and I have to say that the lineup with Abercrombie, Swanwick, Vaughn, Lynch, Williams, Gaiman, Willis and Rothfu is irresistible It is quite clear, that most anthologies contain some mediocre stories and only a few outstanding pearls Rogues is no exception to this tending to the good side Overall, it worked very well for me r My first thought is another anthology by GRRM Shouldn t he be writing something else This is quite the line up George R. R Martin Everybody Loves a Rogue Introduction Joe Abercrombie Tough Times All Over Gillian Flynn What Do You Do Matthew Hughes The Inn of the Seven Blessings Joe R Lansdale Bent Twig Michael Swanwick Tawny Petticoats David Ball Provenance Carrie Vaughn The Roaring Twenties Scott Lynch A Year and a Day in Old Theradane Bradley Denton Bad Brass Cherie Priest Heavy Metal Daniel Abraham The Meaning of Love Paul Cornell A Better Way to Die Steven Saylor Ill Seen in Tyre Garth Nix A Cargo of Ivories Walter Jon Williams Diamonds From Tequila Phyllis Eisenstein The Caravan to Nowhere Lisa Tuttle The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives Neil Gaiman How the Marquis Got His Coat Back Connie Willis Holy crap I want to read this Mostly only for the last story The Lightning Tree by Patrick Rothfuss Bast is my favorite character from The Kingkiller Chronicles A whole story centered around him Fucking awesome Cannot wait. Bast you charming bastard. Patrick Rothfuss shares with us a day in the life of Bast, his character from his The Name of the Wind stories Fans will recognize him as the Innkeeper s Kvothe s apprentice from the present day narrative He s also fae And fun to watch as all get out. Published in the 2014 fantasy anthology Rogues which has many good short stories this provides a healthy look at one of Rothfussintriguing characters The fairy elements reminded me vaguely of Susanna Clarke s Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell and was an entertaining novella. Rogues is an anthology edited and corralled by George R. R Martin For those unfamiliar with Martin, apart from his Game of Thrones work, might expect it to be fantasy And there are certainly some fantasy pieces But there is no one genre for these stories A lot of different authors from different genres contributed to this book Sometimes they wrote in the genre they are best known for, sometimes they didn t Tough Times All Over Joe AbercrombieAbercrombie set his piece in his fantasy world, with a cameo by one his characters It s a quick moving story of a city full of Rogues Thieves, gamblers, conpeople, prostitutes, fighters andIt moves from character to character, often multiple times in the same page, giving a quick glimpse before moving on A fun story it was a great way to start the book. What Do You Do Gillian FlynnI ve not yet read her famous novel, Gon This goes only forA Year and a Day in Old Theradaneby Scott Lynch I ll read some of the other stories in the near or not so near future and will add reviews4. 5 STARS Scott Lynch s novella in this anthology is not a Locke Lamora story Everybody keeps comparing it and mope around Bummer, eh Actually quite not Although I can perfectly understand why some of you would be disappointed it s not Locke hey, he s my all time favorite rogue too , I think the fact that the story is not connected to Locke, Jean, Sabetha, etc. , does not spoil the fun, becauseA Year and a Day in Old Theradaneis a blast from start to finish. Everything begins with a meeting of a gang of retired criminals for their monthly drinking party And so, they are sitting in a bar it s a cavern actually, made from the skeleton of a crashed dragon and getting You Re A Fan Of Fiction That Is Than Just Black And White, This Latest Story Collection FromNew York Times Bestselling Author George RR Martin And Award Winning Editor Gardner Dozois Is Filled With Subtle Shades Of Gray Twenty One All original Stories, By An All Star List Of Contributors, Will Delight And Astonish You In Equal Measure With Their Cunning Twists And Dazzling Reversals And George RR Martin Himself Offers A Brand New î Rogues Ý Download by ã George R. R. Martin A Game Of Thrones Tale Chronicling One Of The Biggest Rogues In The Entire History Of Ice And FireFollow Along With The Likes Of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, And Connie Willis, As Well As Other Masters Of Literary Sleight Of Hand, In This Rogues Gallery Of Stories That Will Plunder Your Heart And Yet Leave You All The Richer For ItContents Tough Times All Over By Joe Abercrombie A Red Country Story What Do You Do Aka The Grownupby Gillian Flynn The Inn Of The Seven Blessings By Matthew Hughes Bent Twig By Joe R Lansdale A Hap And Leonard Story Tawny Petticoats By Michael Swanwick Provenance By David Ball The Roaring Twenties By Carrie Vaughn A Year And A Day In Old Theradane By Scott Lynch Bad Brass By Bradley Denton Heavy Metal By Cherie Priest The Meaning Of Love By Daniel Abraham A Better Way To Die By Paul Cornell A Jonathan Hamilton Story Ill Seen In Tyre By Steven Saylor A Cargo Of Ivories By Garth Nix A Sir Hereward And Mister Fitz Story Diamonds From Tequila By Walter Jon Williams A Dagmar Story The Caravan To Nowhere By Phyllis Eisenstein A Tales Of Alaric The Minstrel Story The Curious Affair Of The Dead Wives By Lisa Tuttle How The Marquis Got His Coat Back By Neil Gaiman A Neverwhere Story Now Showing By Connie Willis The Lightning Tree By Patrick Rothfuss A Kingkiller Chronicle Story The Rogue Prince, Or, A King S Brother By George RR Martin A Song Of Ice And Fire Story Û Rogues ↠´ I have considerable curiosity, and that sometimes masquerades as courage A quote from the short story The Caravan to Nowhere by Phyllis Eisenstein seems to define the rogue. 4. 5 stars Even an inclusion of one or two possible drinkers in this otherwise exceptional collection of fantasy short stories cannot have a negative effect on my overall opinion This was just magical The selections by Gaiman, Rothfuss, and Martin make purchasing this book worth it. A hilarious and non stop Thieves World style fantasy that plays out like a relay race A really violent, backstabbing, dangerous relay race It plays with all kinds of fantasy tropes, tongue firmly in cheek but also showcases Abercrombie s talent for economically drawing vivid and compelling characters who quickly come to life in the reader s imagination Merged review A MUST for anyone who s a fan of Lynch s Gentleman Bastard series Although it s an unconnected story, the themes and the sense of humor are the same A retired infamous thief is blackmailed by a wizard into an improbable heist she is tasked with stealing a street Yes, a city street It s a short street, admittedly, but it s full of homes, commerce and passers by How will this be accomplished Well, first, she has to gather her old gang and ge 1. 99 Kindle sale, July 28, 2017 for this collection of 21 fantasy short stories about scoundrels, tricksters, antiheroes and other Rogues Stories by GRRM, Patrick Rothfuss part of the Kingkiller Chronicles world , Neil Gaiman a story from the Neverwhere world , Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie and others.
About The Author
George R.R. Martin
George R.R Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,