1 thought on “A Stark and Wormy Knight”

  1. I’ve been a fan of Tad Williams since I read MEMORY, SORROW AND THORN many years ago — a series I loved back then and need to revisit soon to see if it’s as wonderful as I remember. I’ve also enjoyed a few of Williams’ short stories that I’ve come across in anthologies — especially one that was one of my favorites in my very favorite anthology: Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance. So I was eager to read more of Tad Williams in his story collection A Stark and W [...]

  2. Recently, a friend sent me a link to a review in the LA Times of several of this year’s Best of… SF anthologies. The reviewer argues that the SF field has become complacent and self-satisfied; there are few authors really pushing the boundaries or using the genre to explore things other media can’t. In his opinion, most of the stories in these collections are good enough in a technical sense but lack any desire to make the reader think. In fact, he thought the best story was James Tiptree [...]

  3. This story has a mother dragon telling he youngling a bedtime story about his grandfather and the knight he faced.This story has left me very unsure what to think of it. I liked some of the humor and the whimsical, made-up words these dragons use but on the same token I hated it too. I went nuts at times wanting to say, "That's not how you say it" or "That's not how it is spelled." So I would be a bit irritated and laugh at the same time. But it is still a light-hearted quick read.

  4. 3.5 stars, but I'm feeling generous. These stories would be worth a full 4 stars if most of them didn't end with a long-winded speech explaining what happened in them, but they're still a good read all the same.

  5. Not a bad book, but I didn’t love it as much as I expected, either. I think Tad Williams might be one of those writers that (for me) does epic tales a bit better than short stories. Still, some of these were very, very good, although others weren’t for me. There’s an introduction by the author, but no introductions or notes on the stories – reading the cover flap is helpful, for some of them – that’s the only place you’re going to find out what’s going on for a couple of them!Con [...]

  6. OK. I had a fairly thorough review written here when the "computer idiot" portion of my brain took over and killed it. So short sweet version:1. "And Ministers of Grace"--Excellent. The only thing unfortunate about this story is that Williams indicates in the introduction it might have been a novel or novels. Oh to read those books.2. "A Stark and Wormy Knight"--Fantasy as written by an extremely erudite Dr. Seuss. I loved the punning, the nonce words and the language games in this one. Wouldn't [...]

  7. I've been reading Tad Williams since forever so me buying this was a no brainer and I love short storieswhat's interesting is how vast the breadth is, but also how eclectic it is, sometimes he plays with language and sometimes with scope but this is an author playing, and rubbing his hands together in fiendish glee at what he can dooften the ideas are better than the stories but having read a lot of teen vampire trash it was nice to see proper punctuationthe last book of "fantasy" shorts I read [...]

  8. It is such a change to read short fiction. It was especially nice to read to read the author's comments from the introduction after I had read a story.The stories are diverse, but all do fall in that range between horror and scifi and fantasy, and seeing as how that's kinda my cup of tea, I enjoyed all of the stories in this collection. All are well told.I think my favorite was the first one about Lamentation Kane called "And Ministers of Grace". I'll also mention the final story, "Ants", becaus [...]

  9. It always surprises me looking back that I only ever remember reading the epics of Tad Williams and not his shorter works. And that is a crime as here is a collection of his short stories and there are some truly brilliant pieces. There is a great selection with introductions and explanation - ok you don't have to read them but it does help colour them and for me helps me understand the mind from which them came. And personally I feel it suggest there are still plenty more brilliant stories to c [...]

  10. A mixed bag for anyone but the most devoted Tad Williams completist, but there are some great stories here (in particular, I enjoyed the title story. "The Lamentably Comical Tragedy (or the Laughably Tragic Comedy) of Lixal Laqavee" is also a strange, darkly humorous delight. And I think the collection does prove that Williams has an impressive range a writer of genre fiction. But not every piece is going to land for most readers in part due to that range.

  11. Wonderful stories by a great author. I confess I didn't read the comic nor the screenplay, but I liked the short stories especially A Stranger's Hands.

  12. The ones I read (ie not the screenplays) were good and the one about Lamentation Kane was downright creepifyin'.

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