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5.0 out of 5 starsCompelling From the Start
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2014
This is an enjoyable anthology of 20 fantasy, short stories, which will hook you from the first story in the collection, an intriguing tale by Mark Lawrence, author of the Broken Empire trilogy. It is a strong, well-written tale with a great twist at the end. I also found interesting stories by some of my favorite fantasy writers, including Brian Staveley, Jeff Salyards, Peter Rawlik, Teresa Frohock and R.S. Belcher. And it is always great to find cool stories by writers new to me such as Miles Cameron and Ian Creasey. There is a diversity of settings and styles, and every reader will find plenty of stories that will appeal to them. At the price, this book is an excellent value and I highly recommend it.
This book show different styles, different approaches to magic, fantasy and storytelling.
I got the impression I was reading a sample excerpt a couple of times, as if some of the tales started to show me something interesting only to push me to buy "the whole book", but in the whole, this is a really nice anthology.
I can say with certainty: If you like fantasy short stories, buy this book.
I will dream about a couple of these stories for a while, imagining the ifs and afters of what they showed me. A couple more will haunt me poping in my head out of nowhere just because they made that strong an impression.
And, at least for me, those are unquestionable proofs of a very good book.
5.0 out of 5 starsSo Many Great Authors, Killer Anthology
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2014
A killer fantasy anthology for a great price, full of stories by some of my favorite up-and-coming authors. For me, Tim Marquitz's story alone was worth the price of admission. Fans of Jeff Salyards: check out his story for an episode from young Braylar's life.
Historically, I've loved fantasy books. Wizards and warriors, magic and steel, angels and demons. All of that stuff. The problem is, you see the same stories cycle through over and over and it gets tedious and you get tired of it. Or at least I do.
Then something miraculous happens and you hap upon a book like this. Short stories so different, so intriguing that you can't help but be pulled in. Even genres I wouldn't normally be interested in caught my attention and held me tight. And when it was all over, I found myself craving more. Multiple stories sank hooks so deep in me that I actually emailed some of the authors in some hope of more.
If you like fantasy of any genre, I suggest this book. There's a little something for everyone and even some ringers thrown in.
3.0 out of 5 starsSeveral stories left out in this re-publishing
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2020
Summary: Tad Williams explains in his introduction, that the anthology's title comes from Peter Pan - "about continuing to see the world as children see it". While I didn't expect any mentioning of a library in the stories, the children's point of view didn't really manifest in the featured stories. They were mostly too adult, forgetting about the children's view. This anthology appeared originally in 2014 by publisher Ragnarok and has now been re-published by Outland Entertainment at 11.8.2020. Back in 2013, the funding kickstarter project ended fishy, though I don't know the details (and doesn't really affect this edition). Sadly, this edition was shortened by several stories from well-known authors like Mark Lawrence, Brian Staveley, or Miles Cameron. My question to the publisher for the reason behind the exclusion wasn't answered, and I feel a little sad to have missed them. Also, the author introduction at the end is way outdated - e.g. Marie Brennan has authored several novels, the latest one just recently is Driftwood.
Two gems were outstanding: "The Height of Our Fathers" by Jeff Salyards about two graverobbing children, and a vampire novelette "An Equity in Dust" by R. S. Belcher. Also very good was "Restoring the Magic" by Ian Creasey which tells the story of repatriating magical creatures in Slovakia, sponsored by the European Union. The only author I've read before was Marie Brennan (her novel "Driftwood" has been published just recently), but her story of a nine-tailed fox wandering East Asia wasn't outstanding. Most of the other stories were likable enough - the anthology is no must-read but an interesting selection with many lesser known authors and investigation a broad spectrum of fantasy subgenres - from litrpg-similar "The Machine" via savages centric "Season of the Soulless", a fairy tale "The Last Magician" to said vampire story by Belcher. I couldn't identify a common topic of the stories and leave with an arbitrary feeling.
(didn't read) • A Soul in the Hand • short fiction by Jeff Mariotte and Marsheila Rockwell ★★☆☆☆ • The Machine • 2014 • Fantasy short story by Kenny Soward ★★★☆☆ • Season of the Soulless • 2014 • Fantasy short story by Betsy Dornbusch ★★★☆☆ • Fire Walker • 2014 • Fantasy short story by Keith Gouveia ★★★★+☆ • The Height of Our Fathers • 2014 • Fantasy novelette by Jeff Salyards ★★☆☆☆ • The Last Magician • 2014 • Fantasy short story by William Meikle ★★★+☆☆ • Restoring the Magic • 2014 • Fantasy short story by Ian Creasey • ★★★☆☆ • Charlotte and the Demon Who Swam Through the Grass • 2014 • Fantasy short story by Mercedes M. Yardley ☆☆☆☆☆ • On the Far Side of the Apocalypse • 1997 • Horror short story by Peter Rawlik • didn't read, because horror ★★★☆☆ • The Stump and the Spire • 2014 • Fantasy short story by Joseph R. Lallo ★★★★☆ • An Equity in Dust • 2014 • Vampire novelette by R. S. Belcher ★★★☆☆ • Centuries of Kings • 2014 • Fantasy short story by Marie Brennan
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2020
I always enjoy checking out anthologies as a way to discover new authors, thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free ebook of Neverland's Library in exchange for an honest review.
Neverland's Library provides readers with a collection of short stories covering a variety of fantasy topics - from dragons to warring tribes and ancient fox spirits, this collection has a bit of everything. Some of the stories were a bit difficult to read through as I wasn't a fan of a few of the writing styles and some of the stories didn't have a satisfactory conclusion, however, there were some real gems mixed in - most notably the final story of the anthology, Marie Brennan's "Centuries of Kings." Out of all the stories featured there were two that I wanted MORE of, "Centuries of Kings" and "Restoring the Magic,"
For future readers, I would suggest not attempting to read this in one sitting, for although the stories are short since the writing styles and stories themselves are so different I think it would be better read in multiple sittings.
If you are looking for fantasy that is a quick and easy read this is worth checking out, who knows you might find some new authors to check out - I know I did.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2014
As with any anthology, the quality of the stories is variable, from good to excellent. Two I thought were excellent and worthy of development into full novels, much of the rest fell into the 'good' to 'very good' category.
Of particular note (for me) were 'Charlotte and the Demon Who Swam Through the Grass' by Mercedes M. Yardley and 'An Equity in Dust' by R.S. Belcher. Very different stories but both made for excellent reading.