Book Review – (Kinda) The Very Best of Tad Williams by Tad Williams

My review (aid to reader) of The Very Best of Tad Williams by Tad Williams

http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Tad-Williams/The-Very-Best-of-Tad-Williams.html

The very best of Tad Williams is a collection of 17 different stories that will appeal to old and new fans alike.  Whether you like Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Crime or Horror there is a story here for you. Williams has delivered another well-conceived and written book, that if nothing else is a great introduction to his works for new fans.

It would be a little hard for me (what can I say it was 17 stories!) to write a review for each of the stories, so thought it would be more beneficial to give a quick breakdown, genre and tagline for each of the stores.  In my process of selecting this book to read I found it hard to pin down information regarding the individual genres or any plot synopsis for the individual stories.

Really, I was not sure this could be classed as a review but more an aid to the reader. The genres are what I believe the stories are written in, so they could be subjective.

  • The Old Scale Game (Fantasy)
    Think the ‘Long Con’ but with a Dragon.  Great opening line, “Flee or be broiled to crackling”.
  • The Storm Door (Sci-Fi/Horror)
    Paranormal investigation tale set during a big storm.
  • The Stranger’s Hands (Fantasy)
    Small town beings have there wish granted by an imbecilic Wizard.
  • Child of an Ancient City (Horror)
    Vampire tale told around a group of traveling merchant campfire.
  • The Boy Detective of Oz: An Otherland Story (Sci-Fi)
    Murder mystery at heart set within Otherland’s Oz.
  • Three Duets for Virgin and Nosehorn (Fantasy)
    Fanatically written and best described as three stories regarding religious perspectives.
  • Not with a Whimper, Either (Sci-Fi)
    AI theme story based in an online chat room.
  • Some Thoughts Re: Dark Destroyer (Fiction)
    Humorous email critique of the character’s manuscript by a group of peers.
  • Z is for… (Sci-Fi)
    Some hangovers just never end, and sometimes you should just stay drunk.
  • Monsieur Vergalant’s Canard (Fantasy)
    Humorous tale of Two Men and their robot Duck.
  • The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of (Crime)
    A little bit of Noir, but with Stage Magicians.
  • Fish Between Friends (Fantasy)
    Magical Fish tale, involves a man with on ears – A walk on the weird side.
  • Every Fuzzy Beast of the Earth, Every Pink Fowl of the Air (Fantasy)
    Humorous tale about when God’s little girls built the world.
  • A Stark and Wormy Knight (Fantasy)
    A humorous story about what a Dragon wants for his bedtime.
  • Omnitron, What Ho! (Fantasy/Sci-Fi)
    One man and his robot must stop a wedding at all costs.
  • Black Sunshine (Horror)
    Written like a movie script. Main premise is drugs are bad!
  • And Ministers of Grace (Fantasy)
    Religious Assassination of a Prime Minister by the self styled Hand of God.

My favourites:

Every Fuzzy Beast of the Earth, Every Pink Fowl of the Air – this is what happens when you take your eyes of kids just for a second.
A Stark and Wormy Knight – who doesn’t love a bedtime story.

The work regardless of the story is typical Williams, well constructed and thought-out, at times a little preachy for my taste but otherwise any reader would be very happy to pick up this work up.

8.5/10

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