Lacking Natural Simplicity

Random musings on books, code, and tabletop games.

Recent Reading: Ramsey Campbell - Far Away & Never

After reading Flame and Crimson I went and bought several of the Sword & Sorcery books it discussed. Here is the first one I finished:

  • Far Away & Never, by Ramsay Campbell, copyright 1996, Necronomicon Press, ISBN-10: 0940884860.

    Enjoyable collection of stories, avoiding the flaws of many of the later sword & sorcery authors.

    The word-based magic in “The Stages of the God” and “The Song at the Hub of the Garden” had a flavor of its own, and “The Ways of Chaos” made me want to read Ghor, Kin-Slayer: The Saga of Genseric's Fifth-Born Son (G1, G2). 1

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Robert E. Howard left an unfinished story and many decades after his death 16 top fantasy authors completed it by writing sections in turn, each starting where the previous author had left off.

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