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Denise Little

Autor(a) de The Valdemar Companion

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Obras por Denise Little

The Valdemar Companion (1990) — Editor — 685 exemplares
Twice upon a Time (1999) — Editor — 210 exemplares
The Official Nora Roberts Companion (2003) — Editor — 165 exemplares
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Editor — 122 exemplares
Hags, Sirens, and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy (2006) — Editor; Introdução — 116 exemplares
A Constellation of Cats (2001) — Editor; Introdução — 101 exemplares
Creature Fantastic (2001) — Editor; Introdução — 101 exemplares
Witch High (2008) — Editor — 93 exemplares
The Magic Shop (2004) — Editor — 89 exemplares
Alien Pets (1998) — Editor — 84 exemplares
A Dangerous Magic (1999) — Editor; Introdução — 83 exemplares
The Sorcerer's Academy (2003) — Editor; Introdução — 83 exemplares
Enchantment Place (2008) — Editor — 81 exemplares
Perchance to Dream (2000) — Editor — 80 exemplares
Familiars (2002) — Editor; Introdução — 75 exemplares
Vengeance Fantastic (2002) — Editor — 57 exemplares
Realms of Dragons: The Worlds of Weis and Hickman (1999) — Editor; Introdução — 49 exemplares
Time After Time (2005) — Editor; Introdução — 47 exemplares
The Trouble With Heroes (2009) — Editor; Introdução — 47 exemplares
Rotten Relations (2004) — Editor — 44 exemplares
Intelligent Design (2009) — Editor; Introdução — 42 exemplares
Mystery Date (2008) — Editor — 36 exemplares
Cosmic Cocktails (2006) — Editor — 31 exemplares
The Magic Toy Box (2006) — Editor — 28 exemplares
Front Lines (2008) — Editor; Introdução — 23 exemplares
Swordplay (2009) — Editor — 21 exemplares
Murder Most Romantic: Passionate Tales of Life and Death (2001) — Editor; Introdução — 15 exemplares
A Willing Spirit 4 exemplares

Associated Works

Hotter Than Hell (2008) — Contribuidor — 659 exemplares
The Vorkosigan Companion (2008) — Contribuidor, algumas edições359 exemplares
Alternate Gettysburgs (2002) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
Civil War Fantastic (2000) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Little, Denise
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
bookstore manager
Kensington Publishing (editor|Denise Little Presents)



This was a quick read for me for when I'm cooking or in between homework assignments. I enjoyed the anthology, for everything I questioned in the Harry Potter/magical boarding school world there was an answer in one of these stories pretty much. Some fared better then others (I thought the story "Boil and bubble" by Phaedra Wheldon could have benefited from a longer format while Jody Lynn Nye's "A Learning Experience" was perfectly suited to the shorter form), but they all entertained me.

I wouldn't mind if a few even got expanded in some way; Kristine Kathryn Rusch's "Domestic Magic" was well contained, but had little hints at the end that there could be more to the story. Debra Dixon's "Coyote Run" was fascinating in how it approached the traditional role of the witches' familiar and I wouldn't mind if she explored Izzy's life after a bit more.

If you enjoy anthologies this is a solid one. Some of the authors are well known for their anthology works and others have longer novels that their shorter stories don't tie in with and thus don't do those longer works any great justice. In the end its not a bad way to pass some in between free time when a longer novel isn't possible.
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lexilewords | 4 outras críticas | Dec 28, 2023 |
In school I was one of the students who would ask the smart aleck questions when the teachers would talk about wanting us to be more open with our opinions. I remember one in particular in Film as Art class being along the lines of 'Its all well and good that she's grateful he saved her--but he lives in the woods, eats with his hands, sleeps in the same clothes that he fights in, doesn't wash those clothes nor bathe...how can she even stand to be near him let alone want to kiss him when he must be rank?' when talking about Robin Hood. Thanks to Jean Rabe I have my answer!

This collection is a whimsical look at what it means to be the background support for a hero. Everyone from Heracles to Robin Hood to Oberon gets a showing and the tales often surprised me with the paths they took. The Robin Hood story, Merry Maid by Jean Rabe, for instance tells the tale from Maid Marian's viewpoint and offers insight to her true feelings about the so-called 'Champion of the Poor'. The truth about King Arthur, Guinevere and their PR problems are dished by Laura Resnick in The Quin Court and the martial troubles Odysessus faced when returning home very very late to dinner are given epic verse by Pauline J. Alama in Honey I'm Home.

The range of authors is wide, some I know quite well while others were completely new to me (but didn't impress as often). The stories themselves were often amusing, occasionally sad and a few proved that not every hero is wanted (or needed) and some should stay in stories and movies. Only three stories bored me, or just fell flat for me, but a larger number I read and was amused in the moment, but promptly forgot the story as I moved on. Denise Little, who's done a number of other anthologies for DAW that I have enjoyed, did a fine job of having a diverse cast of writers, but even though the stories stayed centered around the truth behind heroes they felt disjointed otherwise.

A few of the stories probably would have been better if there was more space (Annie Reed's For a Few Lattes More was interesting, but the 'hero' character, the cowboy was underused), but for a quick read and behind the scenes look at heroes this was certainly satisfying.
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lexilewords | 2 outras críticas | Dec 28, 2023 |
Read some years ago - can't recall much except that a large chunk is taken up by a very striking novella by Joyce Carol Oates, "The Virgin in the Rose Bower". My main 'take' from this collection was a determination to follow up other fiction by Oates, which I have, at the time of writing, began to read.
kitsune_reader | 3 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
Stories of vengeance -- good, bad, the results thereof. Sometimes it turns out for the best, sometimes not.
bgknighton | 1 outra crítica | Jul 24, 2023 |


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Laura Resnick Contributor
Susan Sizemore Contributor
Josepha Sherman Contributor
Michelle West Contributor
Gary A. Braunbeck Contributor
Bill McCay Contributor
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P. N. Elrod Contributor
Phaedra M. Weldon Contributor
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Christina F. York Contributor
Tim Waggoner Contributor
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Esther M. Friesner Contributor
David Bischoff Contributor
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Dean Wesley Smith Contributor
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Andre Norton Contributor
Annie Reed Contributor
Alan Rodgers Contributor
Mel Odom Contributor
Nancy Springer Contributor
Deb Stover Contributor
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Jacey Bedford Contributor
Allan Rousselle Contributor
Peter Crowther Contributor
Teri Lee Contributor
Larry Dixon Contributor
Kerri Hughes Contributor
Michael Longcor Contributor
Russell Davis Contributor
Jane Lindskold Contributor
Mike Moscoe Contributor
Michael Hiebert Contributor
Loren L. Coleman Contributor
India Edghill Contributor
Karen Haber Contributor
Mary Jo Putney Contributor
ElizaBeth Gilligan Contributor
John DeChancie Contributor
Janet Pack Contributor
Laura Anne Gilman Contributor
Lisa Silverthorne Contributor
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Robert Sheckley Contributor
Gail Selinger Contributor
Peter Morwood Author, Contributor
Lupita Shepard Contributor
Connie Hirsch Contributor
Giles Custer Contributor
P. Andrew Miller Contributor
Todd Fahnestock Contributor
Richard Parks Contributor
Leslie What Contributor
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Julie Garwood Foreword
Daniel M. Hoyt Contributor
Steven Mohan, Jr. Contributor
Jay Lake Contributor
John Alvin Pitts Contributor
Janna Silverstein Contributor
Louisa M. Swann Contributor
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