Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fantasy Gone Wrong edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Brittiany A. Koren

Sixteen fantasies messed up. Like Terry, only a few of these impressed me. I loved "Battle of Wits" of course it included all my favorites, writer's having difficulties with characters not cooperating and unicorns - what's not to love? Then it had my favorite humorous fantasy writer, Esther Freisner in "Crumbs" who thrilled me with this story. Terry mentioned about many of the "Jack in the Beanstalk" versions whereas I seem to find more "Hansel and Gretel" and "Little Red Riding Hood" versions.

"The Poisoned Chalice" by Brian Stableford. An elf keeps getting thwarted as he tries to rid himself of an evil chalice. What was the point of this story? If it was a movie, I'd lay odds it would have been on MST3K (Peter Graves would have to be in it, of course), it had elements of The Beginning of the End and The Giant Spider Invasion or The Horrors of Spider Island or both wrapped in a warped, senseless story, take your pick, but if you do, please watch the MST3K version. In the words of Monk, "You'll thank me later."
"Battle of Wits" by Mickey Zucker Reichert. A Pegacorn takes offense. Loved it!
"The Hero of Killorglin" by Fiona Patton. A fire-cat enlists the aid of a hound to help ride the world of a giant weasel and rodents, much to the objection of the faery-hound.
"Goblin Lullaby" by Jim C. Hines. A goblin is sick and tired of her nursery and sleep constantly being interrupted by the sounds of battle so she takes matters into her own hands, perhaps destroying a fairy tale (though through the long windedness of the champion, I doubt he'll be missed) and finally getting some shut eye.
"Crumbs" by Esther M. Friesner. The descendent of Hansel (from Hansel and Gretel) find something dark going on in the Dark Woods after he's sent there by Good Donald, but a word with the enchanting Bezique causes him to have a change of heart. I really like Friesner as she never fails to entertain with her subtle wit.
"Fellow Traveler" by Donald J. Bingle. Barbarians and a wannabe entertainer travel. Too much potty humor I think spoiled this story.
"Food Fight" by Alan Dean Foster. Food speaks to Morty and Morty speaks to Erin. I liked Morty, I just didn't care for Erin, I guess because I couldn't figure out her motives or they were too selfish.
"Moonlighting" by Devon Monk. A pixie looks for work and finds an odd arrangement with an ogre.
"The Rose, the Farmboy, and the Gnome" by Phaedra M. Weldon. A farm boy, gnome, and dragon trade wishes for hearts' desires and everything manages to work out in the end, but the lesson to be learned is not to make deals with fairies.
"A Day at the Unicorn Races" by Christina F. York. Unicorn jockeys fight their raging hormones and lose. I was rather disappointed in the fact the story focused more on the jockeys nor did I like the constant talk about sex and frustration at not getting any.
"Dragonslayer: Being the True and Terrible Tale of a Fearsome Meeting Between a Man and a Monster" by Jana Paniccia. A con artist runs a ruse, but turns out to be duped and get what he richly deserves. Rather boring story and the main character, Hamster, annoyed me.
"The Murder of Mr. Wolf" by Josepha Sherman. Beep and Sheep solve the murder of Mr. Wolf through the fairy tale land. Kind of a reminiscence of the movie Hoodwinked.
"New Yorke Snow" by Susan Sizemore. A sorceress, unicorn, prince, and prostitute equals a happy ending. Unicorn story naturally appeals to me; though, while it wasn't my favorite, it does rank in the top three.
"Meet the Madfeet" by Michael Jasper. A wizard's duped into working for goblin's and giving up his magic stone.
"Finder's Keeper" by Janny Wurts. A rat/dragon/wyvern whatever wreaks chaos on the Netherworld and the Prince of Darkness doesn't like it. I really wanted to like this story, it had good elements, just a tad confusing in some places.
"Is This Real Enough" by Lisanne Norman. Virtual Reality takes on a reality of its own.


hamilcar barca said...

wuhu! glad you found some good stories in there too. i just happen to be reading an anthology right now, put together by Mike Resnick. and good old Esther Freisner is in there too. she must specialize in "you name the theme; i'll write a short story".

Christina said...

Freisner seems to fancy fantasy and the anthologies. She's even got some books/series out there, Majyk by Accident and Chicks in Chainmail. She's also written for Star Trek, though I haven't read them.

Anonymous said...

That cover is just lol funny! Enjoyed the review too.

Unknown said...

OK... If I EVER save the world, lord, let it be from a Giant Weasel...