Time and the Gods, Paperback
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The definitive collection work by the forefather of modern fantasy Of all the weavers of magic, there is none like Lord Dunsany.

During his long lifetime - he died at the age of eighty - he wrote more than sixty books: novels like The King of Elfland's Daughter, plays, poetry collections, memoirs, essays and, most memorably, innumerable exotic and fantastical short stories. In this definitive new collection are the very best of Dunsany's extraordinarily evocative and joyous tales of Faerie, of dreamworlds and of magic: some of the loveliest fantasies in the English language, including the complete contents of Time and the Gods, The Book of Wonder, The Sword of Welleran and The Last Book of Wonder.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
  • ISBN: 9781857989892



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Time and the Gods is an anthology of stories by the author. As with any anthology (as I am so fond of saying), there are those stories that are quite good, some that are okay, some that are so-so and some that you can take or leave. This book is no exception.Time and the Gods is a major fantasy fest; if you're not into fantasy, don't even pick it up. The book is divided into six sections:Time and the Gods The Sword of WelleranA Dreamer's TalesThe Book of WonderThe Last Book of WonderThe Gods of PeganaOut of those, I earmarked several stories that I thought were outstanding:"The Sword of Welleran""The Kith of the Elf-Folk""The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth," (which may have been my favorite story in this volume)"Where the Tides Ebb and Flow""Poor Old Bill""The Day of the Poll""Miss Cubbidge and the Dragon of Romance""How Nuth Would Have Practiced His Arts Among the Gnoles""The Wonderful Window"If you enjoy fantasy, then most likely there's something in here that will appeal to you. I really wanted to read something of Dunsany because of the influence his works had on Howard Phillips Lovecraft, one of my very favorite authors ever. You can really see how these works influenced HPL if you've read Lovecraft. Recommended for those who are into true-blue fantasy; others may not like it so well.

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Superb fantasy. If anyone doubts his influence, then without Dunsany we would have had no Arthur Clarke, Jack Vance or Lovecraft. As another reviewer noted, it's long. That's because it's SIX books squashed together, and they date from the Edwardian era when people made time to read, and didn't rush about so much (they probably had a servant to it for them).Unemcumbered by footnotes, Dunsany's only use of one was to elucidate the meaning of the word "gluttered": see any dictionary, but in vain.

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Then along the torchlit corridors the King went to his chamber, and having shut the door in the empty room, beheld suddenly a figure wearing the cloak of a prophet; and the King perceived that it was he whose face was hidden at the banquet, who had not revealed his name.And the King said:'Art thou, too, a prophet?'And the figure answered:'I am a prophet.'And the King said: 'Knowest thou aught concerning the journey of the King?' And the figure answered: 'I know, but have never said.'And the King said: 'Who art thou that knowest so much and hast not told it?'And he answered:'I am THE END.'Then the cloaked figure strode away from the palace, and the King, unseen by the guards, followed upon his journey.The book "Time and the Gods" in the Fantasy Masterworks series contains six collections of Lord Dunsany's short stories. I have just finished the first of them, which is also called "Time and the Gods". The stories were more like mythology than fantasy, having quite a detached air about them, and more atmosphere than plot.
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I haven't read any Dunsany before, but I'm glad I finally got round to it. Having a whole collection of these stories was maybe a bit much to read in one go (ah, train journeys), but I did enjoy the world Dunsany created, and the mythic language he used to tell it. I should read more by and about Dunsany, I think: I don't actually know anything about him.