Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Review: Rogues edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Hardcover / eBook
Released: August 29th, 2014
If you are a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of the Ice and Fire saga. Follow along with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, and Connie Willis, as well as other masters of literary sleight-of-hand, in this rogues gallery of stories that will plunder your heart and yet leave you all the richer for it.
Rogues is a truly fantastic read for any fantasy fans out there. It's a compilation of twenty-one original short stories from some of the genre's best writers, and includes such greats as George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaiman and Joe Abercrombie.
There are some very exciting hidden gems included in this anthology, the best - and my initial reason for wanting to read the book - being The Lightning Tree by Patrick Rothfuss. This particular story is all about Bast from The Kingkiller Chronicles and is, I think, worth the cover price alone. Other stand out stories for me are by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Garth Nix and Cherie Priest. I'm not always a fan of Neil Gaiman's work, but I also really enjoyed his story!
As with any anthology, there are always going to be a handful of stories that don't particularly stand out or fit in. There aren't many of those in Rogues, and I really did enjoy every one of the stories on offer. Obviously I have my favourites, but I'm sure that's the same for every reader.
Whether you want to read this book for one lone story, or for the collective work, it's worth owning either way. Game of Thrones fans will need this for their collections, and any Rothfuss fanatics out there will love getting to know Bast a little better. There are stories in this book I'll read again and again, and that's the best compliment I can give this anthology.