Rogues – Edited By George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (Titan Books)
“A thrilling collection of twenty-one original stories by an all-star list of contributorsincluding a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin! If you’re a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire. Follow along with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, and Connie Willis, as well as other masters of literary sleight-of-hand, in this rogues gallery of stories that will plunder your heartand yet leave you all the richer for it. Featuring all-new stories by Joe Abercrombie, Daniel Abraham, David W. Ball, Paul Cornell, Bradley Denton, Phyllis Eisenstein, Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Hughes, Joe R. Lansdale, Scott Lynch, Garth Nix, Cherie Priest, Patrick Rothfuss, Steven Saylor, Michael Swanwick, Lisa Tuttle, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis”
With such an incredible line up of authors you know for a fact that ‘Rogues’ is going to be worth spending your hard earned cash on. Some of the best fantasy writers have contributed to this tome, some, like George R.R. Martin, Lynch etc. have delivered the sort of quality, in the sort of style that you would expect whereas Joe Abercrombie (a personal favourite of mine) uses the opportunity to offer up something a little more off the cuff and intriguing.
With so many authors involved, as you’d expect, the quality is a little diverse, but that in no way means that any of the stories are below standard, it’s that just some stand out more than others. Obviously that stand-out’s will be different for everyone depending on personal taste, but, for me, Martin’s contribution was a very welcome return to form. In ‘Rogues’ though, there’s definitely something for every fan of high fantasy. And I do mean everyone… Gav.