Assorted tales of comic fiction – edited by Peter Haining
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