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#1 2014-05-01 16:34:50

Olaf
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The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

As Tad´s new collection from Tachyon is about to be published in about two weeks and the first reviews are coming in, a new topic seems in order.

TVBOTW is a reprint collection (with one new piece) in trade paperback with cover artwork by Kerem Beyit (who has been doing Tad´s new German covers for the past five years).

Behold the Cover!

From the publisher:

This career retrospective from one of the most-beloved authors in the fantasy genre is essential for fans of his internationally best-selling series novels (Otherland; Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn).

Tad Williams has achieved success in multiple genres and forms, whether in epic fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, or young adult fiction. Readers only familiar with such masterpieces as The Dragonbone Chair and Tailchaser’s Song will be delighted to discover that in his short fiction, Williams has been able to explore myriad new possibilities and adventures.

Previously collected in multiauthor anthologies and limited hardcover editions, these superlative tales of dragons, super-soldiers, wizards, cyberpunks, heroes, and fools are now available together for the first time in an affordable trade paperback edition. These stories showcase the exhilarating breadth of Williams’ imagination, in stories hearkening to the tales of such classic fantasists as J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Ray Bradbury, and Peter S. Beagle. Included is an original tale written specifically for this volume.

The Very Best of Tad Williams is a true delight to those who have imagined themselves in fantastic worlds beyond the everyday and mundane.

And the ToC

Introduction
The Old Scale Game
The Storm Door
The Stranger’s Hands
Child of an AncientCity
The Boy Detective of Oz: An Otherland Story
Three Duets for Virgin and Nosehorn
Not with a Whimper, Either
Some Thoughts Re: Dark Destroyer
Z is for...
Monsieur Vergalant’s Canard
The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of
A Fish Between Friends
Every Fuzzy Beast of the Earth, Every Pink Fowl of the Air
A Stark and Wormy Knight
Omnitron, What Ho!
Black Sunshine
And Ministers of Grace


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#2 2014-05-01 16:39:37

Olaf
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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)


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#3 2014-05-04 04:04:21

Olaf
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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

Another one:

Ventureadlaxre


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#4 2014-05-04 11:35:30

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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

I received my copy yesterday, and read the first story, "The Old Scale Game", which reminded me quite a bit of Diary of a Dragon.


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#5 2014-05-04 12:01:06

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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

Oh...where did you get it from?
I thought it would not be out for another 10 days or so at least!


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#6 2014-05-04 12:04:49

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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

It's already out in stores, here. My local Hastings had a copy.


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#7 2014-05-04 12:08:49

Olaf
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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

I pre-ordered via amazon, but they say May 13th. No copies from other vendors avaiable there yet.


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#8 2014-05-04 12:12:35

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

It's already out at Hastings. If you want, I could send you a copy. There was still a copy on their shelf on Friday.


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Ommu is horrifying; Akhenabi is f**king evil; Makho is Trump with a badass sword; Jijibo is the crackhead version of Towser.  And Saomeji is creepy. --Cyan

 

#9 2014-05-04 15:29:50

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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

That´s very generous to offer, but I am not sure it would arrive much earlier than my Amazon copy. Amazon.de usually orders Tad´s US editions for their warehouse, so I´ll most like have a copy within the next two weeks. I think I can wait that long:-)
But thanks!

PS: Just saw that Amazon.com also has the book in stock, so Amazon.de probably just needs an update for their database! The book is shipping!!!


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#10 2014-05-05 14:17:27

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

Well, I knew you'd say that. But I wanted to put the offer out there.


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#11 2014-05-16 02:11:54

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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

New review from Diabolical Plots.


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#12 2014-05-18 14:55:07

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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

New review from Beauty in Ruins via Tad´s Facebook


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#13 2014-06-09 19:28:05

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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

Oh, came across these a few weeks ago and forgot to post...editor Marty Halpern talks about how he copy edited the book and how much he enjoyed reading the stories.

Halpern's a well-known editor in the field. I've seen him at several conventions and he critiqued a story of mine on a panel once--actually, maybe twice:)

http://martyhalpern.blogspot.com/2014/0 … f-tad.html

http://martyhalpern.blogspot.com/2013/1 … ocess.html

 

#14 2015-01-09 13:52:24

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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

I am reading this slowly, between books... I just finished Z is for...


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#15 2015-01-10 01:01:35

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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

I love this one although it is so creepy ...


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#16 2015-01-10 01:49:53

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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

I liked Not with a Whimper, Either.

Olaf: Diary of a Dragon is not in there, but there's another called "Omnitron, What Ho!" between A Stark and Wormy Knight and Black Sunshine, if you want to edit your first post.


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#17 2015-01-11 05:30:48

Olaf
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Re: The Very Best of Tad Williams (Tachyon, May 2014)

Thanks for pointing it out!

I fixed the ToC in the first post.


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