Shades Of Words

The Flying Sorcerers


Assorted tales of comic fiction – edited by Peter Haining

pic_shsttfspb-full;init_I am not a major science fiction fan but always appreciate an entertaining or thought provoking storyline and I got plenty of those as I read the ‘The Flying Sorcerers’. A motley collection of humorous fantasy tales, it covers a mix of science fiction and the supernatural.

What makes the book really special is :

A) It has the earlier works of some of the best names in the business – Terry Prachet, Arthur Clarker, PG Wodehouse ( I was surprised too!!) , CS Lewis to list a few

B) Every story begins with a little background on story telling in that genre and its interesting to learn more about authors and literature in that category

C) And lastly but most importantly is the collection of stories itself. Loosely classified under ‘Comic tales of fantasy’ each story is written with a sense of irony or humor – no story takes itself too seriously. Therein lies the entertainment.

The book has a collection of around 30 stories , some of the more remarkable ones being ‘Turntables of the night’ , ‘A Slice of Life’, ‘Danse Macabre’, ‘The Right Side’ ,’ The Shrink and the Mink’, ‘The Man in Abestos’ and ‘From Gustible’s Planet’

Verdict: Buy it if you enjoy fantasy fiction


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

2 thoughts on “The Flying Sorcerers

  1. I dont know why I bought this book but for some reason I could get through it so abandoned it mid-way. Yes if you are looking for entertainment without story then Terry Pratchett books are good.

  2. I actually quite enjoyed the book…kind of funny and enteraining

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