Lacking Natural Simplicity

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Echoes of Valor, ed. by Karl Edward Wagner

Echoes of ValorEchoes of Valor by Karl Edward Wagner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent collection of what I've read Wagner prefered to call heroic fantasy, but which is often called sword & sorcery. I had already read Howard's "The Black Stranger", first in its rewritten version ad a pirate story, "Swords of the Red Brotherhood", with Conan replaced with Howard's swashbuckling hero Black Vulmea, and later in its original form in the Del Rey trade paperback collection The Conquering Sword of Conan, but it was good to read it again. I was also familiar with Leiber's "Adept's Gambit", and enjoyed rereading it as well. Kuttner's "Wet Magic" was new to me, and I liked it, though not as well as the Howard and Leiber stories.

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