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Operation Arcana (2015)

por John Joseph Adams (Editor)

Outros autores: Tobias S. Buckell (Contribuidor), Myke Cole (Contribuidor), Glen Cook (Contribuidor), Simon R. Green (Contribuidor), Tanya Huff (Contribuidor)12 mais, David Klecha (Contribuidor), Yoon Ha Lee (Contribuidor), Jonathan Maberry (Contribuidor), Ari Marmell (Contribuidor), T.C. McCarthy (Contribuidor), Seanan McGuire (Contribuidor), Elizabeth Moon (Contribuidor), Linda Nagata (Contribuidor), Weston Ochse (Contribuidor), Genevieve Valentine (Contribuidor), Carrie Vaughn (Contribuidor), Django Wexler (Contribuidor)

Séries: Chronicles of the Black Company (short story "Bone Eaters")

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"ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK ANTHOLOGY. High fantasy, contemporary and urban fantasy, and fantasy action and adventure all set in a military vein by top authors including Jonathan Maberry, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Moon, Tanya Huff, Glen Cook, Simon R. Green, Seanan McGuire, and Linda Nagata. In the realms of fantasy, the battlefield is where heroism comes alive, magic is unleashed, and legends are made and unmade. From the War of the Ring, Tolkien's epic battle of good versus evil, to The Battle of the Blackwater, George R.R. Martin's grim portrait of the horror and futility of war, these fantastical conflicts reflect our highest hopes and darkest fears, bringing us mesmerizing visions of silver spears shining in the sun and vast hordes of savage beasts who threaten to destroy all that we hold dear. Now acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams is sounding the battle cry and sixteen of today's top authors are reporting for duty, spinning never-before-published, spellbinding tales of military fantasy, including a Black Company story from Glen Cook, a Paksenarrion story from Elizabeth Moon, and a Shadow Ops story by Myke Cole. Within these pages you'll also find World War I trenches cloaked in poison gas and sorcery, modern day elite special forces battling hosts of the damned, and steampunk soldiers fighting for their lives in a world torn apart by powers that defy imagination. Featuring both grizzled veterans and fresh young recruits alike, including Tanya Huff, Simon R. Green, Carrie Vaughn, Jonathan Maberry, and Seanan McGuire, Operation Arcana is a must for any military buff or fantasy fan. You'll never look at war the same way again. CONTRIBUTORS: Elizabeth Moon Tobias Buckell & David Klecha Myke Cole Jonathan Maberry Genevieve Valentine Django Wexler Yoon Ha Lee Weston Ochse Myke Cole Ari Marmell Tanya Huff Carrie Vaughn TC McCarthy Glen Cook Simon R. Green Seanan McGuire Linda Nagata About John Joseph Adams: "John Joseph Adams has become one of those editors who I know will put together something I will love to read and know that the book I'm about to purchase isn't going to let me down." --Wil Wheaton "Merits a place on fantasy fans' bookshelves." --Publishers Weekly, on Epic: Legends of Fantasy "A genuine triumph. [A] 'must buy' for every sci-fan you know." --Romantic Times, a "Top Pick" for February 2013, on The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination"-- "From Tolkien's Battle of Helm's Deep to George R.R. Martin's Blackwater to Elizabeth Moon's Civil War of Fintha, it is in the battles of epic fantasy and sword and sorcery where heroism comes alive, magic is unleashed, and legends are made and unmade. Here are stories on the military side of high fantasy, featuring beautifully crafted worlds filled with magic and mayhem delivered by a range of top authors"--… (mais)
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Read this via NetGalley and found it a very solid anthology with some surprising twists and different takes on the typical fantasy tropes. Highly recommended as even the weaker stories have some great moments in them. ( )
  SESchend | Nov 2, 2021 |
I like themed anthologies and for the most part they normally work pretty well and this one was no exception. John Joseph Adams always puts together strong collections and this one is no exception. Of course I didn’t like every story but I have to think long and hard if there was a collection that had at least a few stories that didn’t do it for me. Several of the contributing writers wrote stories in a known universe but I think I liked the ones that seemed to be in all new settings. Several of the writers were new to me and now I’ll have to keep my eyes open for them. The stories in the collection all deal with war either in a fantasy setting or in a more modern setting but the thread that ties them all together is war with some form of magic use. You get setting going from high fantasy up to modern times but all of them deal with some part of fighting. I’ll be looking back at this collection when it comes to Jan 2016 to work on my Hugo ballot.

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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
Read this via NetGalley and found it a very solid anthology with some surprising twists and different takes on the typical fantasy tropes. Highly recommended as even the weaker stories have some great moments in them. ( )
  SESchend | Sep 6, 2017 |
** RULES OF ENCHANTMENT—David Klecha & Tobias S. Buckell
Tolkien's world and our own have had a portal open between them. It's taking both modern military technology and strategic alliances to fight off threats such as trolls and dragons. Unfortunately, I didn't really like the second-person voice, and the tongue-in-cheek style with geeky references to D&D and the LoTR movies didn't do it for me either.

**** THE DAMNED ONE HUNDRED—Jonathan Maberry
Classic sword-and-sorcery, plus vampires, plus a situation reminiscent of the Battle of Thermopylae. I really enjoyed this one.

**** BLOOD, ASH, BRAIDS—Genevieve Valentine
Historically interesting, AND a rousing good tale. A group of Russian WWII fighter pilots, all women, are assigned horribly dangerous missions. A bit of witchcraft may help them stay alive...

**** MERCENARY’S HONOR—Elizabeth Moon
I'm sure a lot of people will buy this anthology just for this story - a 'Paksworld' tale - and I don't believe they'll be disappointed. Familiar characters (including Kieri Phelan and Halveric) make their appearance, but this is a fully stand-alone, and cleverly entertaining tale of two mercenary commanders and how they work out a situation which initially seems untenable for both of them.

*** THE GUNS OF THE WASTES—Django Wexler
Bonus points for being what I personally feel that steampunk ought to be (weird sci-fi, not faux-Victorian romance). However, this is really a fun action scene with quirky characters, rather than a fully-developed story. It feels like (and I hope it might be) an excerpt from a forthcoming novel.

**** THE GRAPHOLOGY OF HEMORRHAGE—Yoon Ha Lee
I really enjoy Yoon Ha Lee's takes on the ideas of lexical magic. I found echoes here of some of her other work: 'Effigy Nights' and 'Iseul's Lexicon' - but this is a piece that works on its own.
A brilliant magician has been forced into a dangerous military position in official retribution for the groundbreaking - but status-quo-threatening - ideas she came up with in university. Now, her mission will require her to explore even more radical ideas - and may demand the ultimate self-sacrifice.

*** AMERICAN GOLEM—Weston Ochse
The main character goes AWOL in Afghanistan to pursue his true mission: to kill the Osama-bin-Laden-like terrorist who was responsible for his brother's death. The twist is: the 'brother' is actually a golem, created just for this purpose. The author has clearly drawn on his own experiences in Afghanistan to inform this story.

*** WEAPONS IN THE EARTH—Myke Cole
A long and rather harrowing story of a group of goblins from a nomadic tribe who have been taken prisoner by their enemies. It's a quite bleak and agonizing experience.

*** HEAVY SULFUR—Ari Marmell
Alternate-history WWI, with trench warfare and mages on both sides summoning spirits and demons. A dangerous mission behind enemy lines, with a magical element thrown into the mix.

*** STEEL SHIPS—Tanya Huff
A quick, action-oriented episode. Selkie-type shapeshifters in the midst of a war come up with a dangerous mission to protect their side from the threat of the enemy's new ironclad riverboats. Feels like an excerpt from a longer tale.

*** SEALSKIN—Carrie Vaughn
A burnt-out American military man goes to Ireland, like so many tourists, in search of his 'roots' - and faces a dramatic decision about which part of his heritage to choose to follow.

*** PATHFINDER—T.C. McCarthy
In an underground military hospital complex in Korea, a young nurse fulfills her traditional/supernatural role of escorting the souls of the dead to the afterlife. However, both her jobs are full of more than the usual hazards, both paranormal and mundane.

**** BONE EATERS—Glen Cook
The Black Company is back! And in classic form! This is another one where fans of the series may very well find this one story alone worth the price of admission.
I'll defer to those who are more detail-oriented if I'm wrong, but the events here seem to take place around the time of the events in 'The White Rose.' Croaker is the annalist and narrator, and Darling is the leader of the Company. The group is magically led to a village of Hungry Ghosts, and must use ingenuity to escape and/or nullify the threat.
Will Cook's long-promised further entries into this series be finally forthcoming soon? We can only hope...

** MOON—Simon R. Green
This is an example of exactly what I don't like alternate history to do. It takes a morally and politically complex real-life situation (the bombing of Dresden) and attempts to remove any ambiguity from it by adding in a compelling reason for the attack which never existed, and quite literally making it a battle between the forces of Good and Evil, complete with a misguided, traitorous opponent to the action. I'm sure some will see this as nothing more than an action story, but I see it as a misguided attempt to assuage historical guilt through rewriting.

**** IN SKELETON LEAVES—Seanan McGuire
Recommended for those who enjoyed Lisa Jensen's 'Alias Hook' and/or who are interested in darker explorations of the Peter Pan story. What happened in Neverland after the stories of Peter that we're all familiar with? Is the otherworld as stable as it seemed, or might it change, gradually and depending on the children that are brought to it? Children can be not just heartless, but vicious, and there's always a disturbing aspect to not growing up.

*** THE WAY HOME—Linda Nagata
A military team has somehow been caught in a hostile otherworld populated my attacking demons. By trial and error, they've learned that each death opens a temporary portal home - for only one soldier. Can the commander manage to get every member of his team home safely?

Many thanks to NetGalley and Baen books for the opportunity to read this anthology of quality military fantasy! As always, my opinion is solely my own. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I don.'t read anthologies often. By often I mean never. I've some in the past but only select stories by select authors. It was one of those things where I read what I thought would be interesting. Or had heard was adapted into another medium like a movie. So this was the first anthology I read every story, beginning to end. It was a 40/60% split for me. The 40% that I liked was good. The other 60% didn't work for me. They were good but the other stories I felt were better. The cover hints at this being a modern military versus fantasy creatures. That happens but not in every story. Some stories start with a modern day or World War 1 or 2 setting and go from there. By the end the setting doesn't matter because by the next story I had forgotten the previous one. The order of the stories has something to do with that. I think it should stay the way it is. Just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean it's not a good order for someone else. Overall a good experience and good intro to writer I've never read. I look forward to reading older and newer anthologies now.

I read this book as an ARC from Net Galley. I thank them and the publisher for this book. ( )
  Kurt.Rocourt | May 22, 2015 |
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"ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK ANTHOLOGY. High fantasy, contemporary and urban fantasy, and fantasy action and adventure all set in a military vein by top authors including Jonathan Maberry, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Moon, Tanya Huff, Glen Cook, Simon R. Green, Seanan McGuire, and Linda Nagata. In the realms of fantasy, the battlefield is where heroism comes alive, magic is unleashed, and legends are made and unmade. From the War of the Ring, Tolkien's epic battle of good versus evil, to The Battle of the Blackwater, George R.R. Martin's grim portrait of the horror and futility of war, these fantastical conflicts reflect our highest hopes and darkest fears, bringing us mesmerizing visions of silver spears shining in the sun and vast hordes of savage beasts who threaten to destroy all that we hold dear. Now acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams is sounding the battle cry and sixteen of today's top authors are reporting for duty, spinning never-before-published, spellbinding tales of military fantasy, including a Black Company story from Glen Cook, a Paksenarrion story from Elizabeth Moon, and a Shadow Ops story by Myke Cole. Within these pages you'll also find World War I trenches cloaked in poison gas and sorcery, modern day elite special forces battling hosts of the damned, and steampunk soldiers fighting for their lives in a world torn apart by powers that defy imagination. Featuring both grizzled veterans and fresh young recruits alike, including Tanya Huff, Simon R. Green, Carrie Vaughn, Jonathan Maberry, and Seanan McGuire, Operation Arcana is a must for any military buff or fantasy fan. You'll never look at war the same way again. CONTRIBUTORS: Elizabeth Moon Tobias Buckell & David Klecha Myke Cole Jonathan Maberry Genevieve Valentine Django Wexler Yoon Ha Lee Weston Ochse Myke Cole Ari Marmell Tanya Huff Carrie Vaughn TC McCarthy Glen Cook Simon R. Green Seanan McGuire Linda Nagata About John Joseph Adams: "John Joseph Adams has become one of those editors who I know will put together something I will love to read and know that the book I'm about to purchase isn't going to let me down." --Wil Wheaton "Merits a place on fantasy fans' bookshelves." --Publishers Weekly, on Epic: Legends of Fantasy "A genuine triumph. [A] 'must buy' for every sci-fan you know." --Romantic Times, a "Top Pick" for February 2013, on The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination"-- "From Tolkien's Battle of Helm's Deep to George R.R. Martin's Blackwater to Elizabeth Moon's Civil War of Fintha, it is in the battles of epic fantasy and sword and sorcery where heroism comes alive, magic is unleashed, and legends are made and unmade. Here are stories on the military side of high fantasy, featuring beautifully crafted worlds filled with magic and mayhem delivered by a range of top authors"--

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