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Brian M. Thomsen (1959–2008)

Autor(a) de Realms of Magic

37+ Works 1,863 Membros 41 Críticas

About the Author

Brian M. Thomsen was senior editor/director of SF and fantasy at Warner Books and then director of Books and Periodicals at TSR. Now a consulting editor for Tor Books, he dropped out of pursuing a Ph.D. in English in favor of a career in publishing. The American Fantasy Tradition is the product of mostrar mais twenty-two years of research on his part. He lives in Brooklyn mostrar menos
Image credit: Brian Thomsen and SF/Fantasy Book Cover Model, Lisa Feerick Pollison at the 1994 ABA Book Expo in Downtown Los Angeles [credit: Lisapollison from English Wikipedia]


Obras por Brian M. Thomsen

Realms of Magic (1995) — Editor; Contribuidor — 331 exemplares
Once Around The Realms (1995) 195 exemplares
Tales of Ravenloft (1994) — Editor — 188 exemplares
Realms of the Arcane (1997) — Editor; Contribuidor — 178 exemplares
The Mage in the Iron Mask (1996) 160 exemplares
The American Fantasy Tradition (2002) — Editor — 89 exemplares
The Reel Stuff (1998) — Editor — 83 exemplares
Citizens (2011) — Editor — 74 exemplares
Alternate Gettysburgs (2002) — Editor — 66 exemplares
Furry Fantastic (2006) — Editor — 66 exemplares
Oceans of Magic (2001) — Editor — 50 exemplares
The Repentant (2003) — Editor; Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
A Yuletide Universe: Sixteen Fantastical Tales (2003) — Editor; Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
Mob Magic (1998) — Editor; Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Oceans of Space (2002) — Editor — 35 exemplares
Halflings, Hobbits, Warrows & Weefolk (1991) — Editor — 23 exemplares
Novel Ideas: Science Fiction (2006) — Editor — 21 exemplares
Blue & Gray at Sea: Naval Memoirs of the Civil War (2003) — Editor — 17 exemplares
Novel Ideas-Fantasy (2006) — Editor — 16 exemplares
Time for a Hero 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Realms of the Underdark (1996) — Contribuidor — 327 exemplares
Alternate Generals (1998) — Contribuidor — 268 exemplares
Sherlock Holmes in Orbit (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições243 exemplares
Alternate Presidents (1992) — Contribuidor — 241 exemplares
Grails: Quests of the Dawn (1992) — Contribuidor — 234 exemplares
Superheroes: All-Original Adventures of All-New Heroes (1995) — Contribuidor — 215 exemplares
Realms of Mystery (1998) — Contribuidor — 193 exemplares
Alternate Kennedys (1992) — Contribuidor — 140 exemplares
The Dragon Done It (2008) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
Alternate Warriors (1993) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
Merlin (1999) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
The Fantastic Adventures of Robin Hood (1991) — Contribuidor — 94 exemplares
Alternate Outlaws (1994) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
The Gods of War (1992) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
The Further Adventures of Batman 3: Featuring Catwoman (1813) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
The Day the Magic Stopped (1995) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Aladdin: Master of the Lamp (1992) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Things Invisible to See: Gay and Lesbian Tales of Magic Realism (1998) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
Deals with the Devil (1994) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
More Whatdunits (1993) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
The Dragons of Magic (2001) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
Alternate Tyrants (1997) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
The Monsters of Magic (2003) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
Christmas Ghosts (1993) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
By Any Other Fame (1994) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
Legends (1999) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
Visitations of the Night (Grails) (1994) — Introdução — 42 exemplares
Gamer Fantastic (2009) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Spells of the City (2009) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Grails: Quests, Visitations and Other Occurrences (1992) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Historical Hauntings (2001) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Alternate Worldcons (1994) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Alternate Worldcons and Again Alternate Worldcons (1996) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



I had read a couple of the Ravenloft series books, so this seemed like a good one to pick up. The fact that it was short stories was appealing, as it makes it an easy book to pick and put down as need be. I got it used at Half Price books. We'll see how it turns out.

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After a few months, I finally got it done. The nice thing about short fiction for me is that I can pick it up and drop it, then come back to it. That is what I did with this one. I had a couple of library books I needed to read sooner, so I put this to the side for a while. Overall, I will say this was a pretty good collection. The stories later in the book get better. There is one where Strahd Von Zarovich, the lord of Ravenloft appears, and another featuring the Knight of the Black Rose. These are regular characters of the series. While it is not necessary to have read other novels in the Ravenloft series, readers who have will probably appreciate the stories a bit more. I particularly liked the twist at the end on the Black Knight's tale. Actually, twists were a common feature in this anthology. If I recall, only one or two stories towards the beginning were a bit slow, but past that, the selections were good, some a bit scarier than others. Overall, if you are looking for some light entertainment with a horror element, this may be the book for you.… (mais)
bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
The Further Adventures of Beowulf does what it says on the cover. The book starts off with an interesting introduction discussing the legacy of the Beowulf text and Middle-Earth. This is followed by 'The Deeds of Beowulf' translated into prose by John Earle in 1892. This prose version is rather old fashioned and has a few issues with sentence structure, which could have used cleaning up and clarification by an editor, or better yet, the inclusion of a better prose version or even just a summary of the Beowulf story. The book then provides 4 fantasy-tales, by 4 different authors, involving the adventures of Beowulf after his run-in with Grendel. These 4 fantasy adventures are written in a style that reminds me of a typical Sword & Sorcery/ Forgotten Realms Novel, but each short story is rather interesting, or at least entertaining. Each chapter/story is followed by a short (rather pointless) interlude which doesn't fit and could have been left out. The book also includes a rather useful (especially for scholars of Beowulf) partial, annotated bibliography of the Beowulf cannon through to current times.

In short, this is an entertaining, but not spectacular, fantasy anthology featuring the further adventures of Beowulf that could have used improvements with some of the other material.
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ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
Vampire stories: "The quick way down" / P.N. Elrod (p. 150-164).
wayneandmelinda | 1 outra crítica | Aug 10, 2016 |



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