20860Re: [mythsoc] Re: Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series
- Sep 21, 2009What a great question.One I might add is *The History of Our World Beyond the Wave*by R. E. Klein. That has a lot of lingering imagery. ---djb----- Original Message -----From: Joe HoopmanSent: Sunday, September 20, 2009 12:24 AMSubject: [mythsoc] Re: Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series
Best would probably be the usual suspects: Clark Ashton Smith, James Branch
Cabell, Lord Dunsany (although I must say I prefer his short stories to the
novels), Lovecraft, Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees, and maybe the
occasional William Morris or George MacDonald. And I have to say I really
enjoyed the anthologies Lin Carter edited for the series -- Young Magicians
and New Worlds for Old in particular. Worst would definitely be, as
mentioned, The Shaving of Shagpat by George Meredith. I've also mentioned
my feelings about the Night Land -- I really wish James Stoddard would
finish his project/hobby of rewriting it in more readable prose. But I did
find Hodgson's Boats of the Glen Carrig to be remarkably creepy and
Honorable mention would also go to Mervyn Peake and E.R. Eddison --
technically, I think they were precursors to the series although they may
have been retroactively folded into it.
And whenever I'd get a new volume, even if I wasn't going to read it right
then, I'd always sit down and at least read Lin Carter's introduction. I
know that much of what he said was factually dubious at best, but I still
enjoy his clear enthusiasm and love for the books he was presenting and for
the genre as a whole.
So if we were going to assemble a contemporary version of the BAF, what
would it include? My suggestions would include (in no particular order):
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Dragonfly by Frederic Durban
Night's Master by Tanith Lee
The Thread That Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Un-Lun-Dun by China Mieville
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
But that'd be just the tip of the iceberg (and subject to sudden and
unexplained change in the future) . . .
>3a. Re: Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series
> Posted by: "pegasus48124" pegasus48124@ yahoo.com pegasus48124
> Date: Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:48 pm ((PDT))
>You say you've read the whole series (I'm getting there slowly,also reading
many other things as I go). What were some of the best and the worst for
you, if you don't >mind sharing?
>--- In mythsoc@yahoogroups .com, "Joe Hoopman" <hoopmanjh@. ..> wrote:
>> I didn't start seriously collecting the BAF until the 1990's, but I
>> had several volumes (Clark Ashton Smith and some of the Carter
>> even before I realized there was such a thing as a Ballantine Adult
>> series. I was able to acquire most of the series over the years just by
>> stopping in at Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore and at Dreamhaven
>> Books, both in Minneapolis, MN, and scanning the shelves; I picked up the
>> last few stragglers online when this new-fangled Internet thing started
>> take off.
>> Back in the late 1990's I went through and read the entire series in BAF
>> publication order. (Not all at once -- I'd read, say, five BAF volumes,
>> then shift to something else for a while, then come back.) Some of the
>> books were, um, challenging -- I found The Shaving of Shagpat almost
>> unreadable, and there's always The Night Land to consider -- but it
>> was an amazing collection.
>> And after finishing the BAF, I sat down and read James Stoddard's The
>> House and The False House, which I highly recommend to any Ballantine
>> Fantasy fans (or indeed to anyone who just likes good book) -- Stoddard
>> also a BAF fan and the books have lots of references, some subtle, some
>> so much, to various characters and places from the series.
>> Joe Hoopman
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