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I really enjoyed this book. Some stories were better than others. I primarily brought it for the short story by Terry Pratchett. There are some good offerings notably: Ruella in Love by Molly Brown The Return of Mad Santa by Al Sarrantonio Shoggoths Old Peculiar by Neil Gaiman Although many of the stories did not make me laugh out loud, they were still highly amusing.
I really like this range of books (there are a few in the series of 'mammoth books' for comic fantasy)
As it's a short story book compromised of a number of different authors it's a great platform from which to 'delve into' a particular authors work, for me I've started to try and get more of Esther Freisner's work which I find particularly funny. Some stories I didn't enjoy as much as others but I think it's different personal tastes that would effect this!.
All in all a great book. If like me you sometimes need to read a few pages of a book before going to bed - what could be better than a short story? - It's also a perfect (and fun) read for the bus/train!
Lately I have been expanding my reading topics to include books that I rarely would ever read. This book, The Mammoth book of Comic Fantasy, is one of those volumes I would not normally read and review. However, I admit to finding many of the stories very interesting, but there are also numerous strange and unusual topics covered. When I originally ordered this book I thought it was an illustrated comic format, but this 544 page text has no drawings at all.
There are 32 stories in this book. Some of the topics include the following: The Wonders to Behold, The Blue Magnolia, Colquitt's High-Energy Trousers, A Drama of Dragons, Wrong Planet, Return of the Warrior, Christmas Games, Shoes, The Day we Played Mars, Fowl Play, The Deaths of Robin Hood, Bad Timing, The Power and the Gory, Almost Heaven, Spoiled Rotten, Stakes and Adders, I Married a Robot and many other stories.
In conclusion, If you are into the fantasy genre you will no doubt really like some of the stories in this collection.
Rating: 3 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Predator Hunter: A warrior's memoir)