This thrilling collection of twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale, chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire. Also featuring stories from Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch and more!
Anthology; lots of genres, lots of rogues. Men, and women. all rogues, bad ones, good ones.
George R.R. Martin “Everybody Loves a Rogue” (Introduction)
Meh, who needs introductions?
Joe Abercrombie “Tough Times All Over”
Lots of people running around stealing from each other. I really should read the book I have by him
Gillian Flynn “What Do You Do?”
Creepy feeling that grows and grows and the end, ohh creepy. I did not realize that it was that Flynn! Bad me. Now I want to read her book.
Matthew Hughes “The Inn of the Seven Blessings”
A man finds a myserious box. I enjoyed this one. Great thief, great story.
Joe R. Lansdale “Bent Twig”
Contemporary. Guy looking for a missing girl. Good, thriller ish.
Michael Swanwick “Tawny Petticoats”
Conmen in a weird New Orleans. Interesting, but could have given more.
David Ball “Provenance”
A caravaggio is found and we get the tale of it's journey. The flashbacks where the most interesting thing.
Carrie Vaughn “The Roaring Twenties”
20s, hidden night club, paranormals doing their thing. Eh.
Scott Lynch “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane”
Fantasy. A thief gets in trouble. Very cool world.
Bradley Denton “Bad Brass”
A guy decides to solve a crime for some reason. meh
Cherie Priest “Heavy Metal”
It felt a bit confusing, then it got better, but still what? What was that?
Daniel Abraham “The Meaning of Love”
Fantasy. This one I enjoyed. A rogue needs to find someone for a friend. Cool world.
Paul Cornell “A Better Way to Die”
No idea what truly happened here. Not for me.
Steven Saylor “Ill Seen in Tyre”
Two travelers arrive in town, trouble found. Rather interesting. Historical.
Garth Nix “A Cargo of Ivories”
Two men has to find something. Kind of boring.
Walter Jon Williams “Diamonds From Tequila”
Thriller like story about an actor. Would make a good action movie.
Phyllis Eisenstein “The Caravan to Nowhere”
A minstrel on a journey. Had promise, but did not deliver for me.
Lisa Tuttle “The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives”
2 detectives get a case. Interesting, kind of freaky story.
Neil Gaiman “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”
I guess I should read more by him. Now I was all, guy meets mushrooms? What?
Connie Willis “Now Showing”
Now this one was funny, and strange! Great writing.
Patrick Rothfuss “The Lightning Tree”
I must say I was impressed (considering how bored I was by his book *coughs*) But this fantasy story was amusing.
The Rogue Prince, or, a King's Brother by George R.R. Martin
Why is it so dry!? Something out of a history book, and then I did not even get the fun part.
I have said a little about every story now (cos if I said more then this would be looong). Some stories were good, some ok, some not to my taste. But that is also cos it was from all genres. We had thrillers, fantasy, historical etc. I enjoyed that. Much to try, much to enjoy. It was a nice way of mixing it up. I never knew what would come next, and some authors I will keep my eye on.
Though I must say, it was long ;) I had to keep notes cos I am dreadful with names so even if I remembered a story I could not put a name to it.
But I did feel it was my kind of anthology (surely cos of all the fantasy stories in it :)
Hardcover, 832 pages
Published August 29th 2014 by Titan Books
Fantasy / thriller / mystery etc