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Bungee-jumping demons, mad Magi, seafaring aliens, and a tricky wizard who leaks to the press populate this new collection of magic and mayhem from fantasy's funniest, wackiest writers, among them Harlan Ellison, Ambrose Bierce, Neil Gaiman, Craig Shaw Gardner, Harry Harrison, Tom Holt, and many more. Here are the madcap fantasies of "The Case of the Four-and-Twenty Blackb Bungee-jumping demons, mad Magi, seafaring aliens, and a tricky wizard who leaks to the press populate this new collection of magic and mayhem from fantasy's funniest, wackiest writers, among them Harlan Ellison, Ambrose Bierce, Neil Gaiman, Craig Shaw Gardner, Harry Harrison, Tom Holt, and many more. Here are the madcap fantasies of "The Case of the Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds", "A Slow Day in Hell", "The Case of Jack the Clipper", "The Shoemaker and the Elvis", and other tales to delight, amuse, and, confuse fantasy fans.


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Bungee-jumping demons, mad Magi, seafaring aliens, and a tricky wizard who leaks to the press populate this new collection of magic and mayhem from fantasy's funniest, wackiest writers, among them Harlan Ellison, Ambrose Bierce, Neil Gaiman, Craig Shaw Gardner, Harry Harrison, Tom Holt, and many more. Here are the madcap fantasies of "The Case of the Four-and-Twenty Blackb Bungee-jumping demons, mad Magi, seafaring aliens, and a tricky wizard who leaks to the press populate this new collection of magic and mayhem from fantasy's funniest, wackiest writers, among them Harlan Ellison, Ambrose Bierce, Neil Gaiman, Craig Shaw Gardner, Harry Harrison, Tom Holt, and many more. Here are the madcap fantasies of "The Case of the Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds", "A Slow Day in Hell", "The Case of Jack the Clipper", "The Shoemaker and the Elvis", and other tales to delight, amuse, and, confuse fantasy fans.

30 review for The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy II

  1. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    I got this cheap at Halfprice Books - at full price I would have been disappointed but on sale this was a fun way to get copies of a few really good stories I would not have otherwise come across - These made this compilation worthwhile - Uncle Henry Passes by Esther Friesner The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything by George Alec Effinger (5 stars to this story!) The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Neil Gaiman The Man Who Hated Cadillacs by E.K. Grant The rest ranged from very poor to chuckle I got this cheap at Halfprice Books - at full price I would have been disappointed but on sale this was a fun way to get copies of a few really good stories I would not have otherwise come across - These made this compilation worthwhile - Uncle Henry Passes by Esther Friesner The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything by George Alec Effinger (5 stars to this story!) The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Neil Gaiman The Man Who Hated Cadillacs by E.K. Grant The rest ranged from very poor to chuckle worthy. If you see this volume for $5 or less its worth picking up to add to your short story collection.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ondřej Puczok

    Sbírka to není vyloženě špatná, ale obsahuje až příliš mnoho slabých kousků na to, aby převládl čistě pozitivní dojem. Já sám mám radši spíše sci-fi odvětví a dobré nápady, takže mě potěšil "metrognóm", "mimozemšťané, co všechno věděli" nebo "konvertor cadillaců". Množství šlechty, mečů a kouzel ale nevyvážila ani ona humornost v názvu. Té bylo totiž bohužel méně, než jsem čekal. A rozhodně ne mamutí dávka. PS: Dívám se po přečtení na anglické recenze a očividně jde o trochu jiné vydání, než samo Sbírka to není vyloženě špatná, ale obsahuje až příliš mnoho slabých kousků na to, aby převládl čistě pozitivní dojem. Já sám mám radši spíše sci-fi odvětví a dobré nápady, takže mě potěšil "metrognóm", "mimozemšťané, co všechno věděli" nebo "konvertor cadillaců". Množství šlechty, mečů a kouzel ale nevyvážila ani ona humornost v názvu. Té bylo totiž bohužel méně, než jsem čekal. A rozhodně ne mamutí dávka. PS: Dívám se po přečtení na anglické recenze a očividně jde o trochu jiné vydání, než samotný originál. Bohužel tak v české verzi chybí Gaiman nebo Friesner, dobře hodnocení v originálním vydání. Zvláštní.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Neander-Tale - 4/5 stars Uncle Harry Passes - 5/5 stars Dealing with Demons - 3/5 stars The Case of Jack the Chipper - 4/5 stars The Shoemaker and the Elvis - 4/5 stars Dances with Elves - 4/5 stars A Hedge Against Alchemy - 3.5/5 stars A Slow Day in Hell - 4/5 stars How I got Three Zip Codes - 2/5 stars The Failure of Hope and Wandel - 1.5/5 stars The Birthday Gift - 4.5/5 stars Captain Honario Harplayer, R.N - 3/5 stars The Aliens who knew, I mean, Everything - 5/5 stars History Book - 4/5 stars Elyah P. Jo Neander-Tale - 4/5 stars Uncle Harry Passes - 5/5 stars Dealing with Demons - 3/5 stars The Case of Jack the Chipper - 4/5 stars The Shoemaker and the Elvis - 4/5 stars Dances with Elves - 4/5 stars A Hedge Against Alchemy - 3.5/5 stars A Slow Day in Hell - 4/5 stars How I got Three Zip Codes - 2/5 stars The Failure of Hope and Wandel - 1.5/5 stars The Birthday Gift - 4.5/5 stars Captain Honario Harplayer, R.N - 3/5 stars The Aliens who knew, I mean, Everything - 5/5 stars History Book - 4/5 stars Elyah P. Jopp and the Dragon - 5/5 stars The Dragon Doctor's Apprentice - 5/5 stars Rules of Engagement - 5/5 stars The Triumph of Vice - 4/5 stars The Top 50 Things I'd do if I ever became an Evil Overlord - 6/5 stars How to be fantastic - 5/5 stars Hershey's Kisses - 5/5 stars Escape from the Planet of the Bears - 4/5 stars Quest - 3.5/5 stars The Hills beyond Hollywood High - 4/5 stars The Affliction of Baron Humpfelhimmel - 4/5 stars The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds - 5/5 stars The Man who Hated Cadillacs - 5/5 stars The Ultimate - 2/5 stars The Star of the Farmyard - 3.5/5 stars Diamonds, Black and White - 5/5 stars Malocchio - 4.5/5 stars The Metrognome - 4.5/5 stars The Eye of Tandyla - 2.5/5 stars The Outpost covered by Tourists - 4.5/5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carly Kirk

    So there were 34 stories in this collection... and I only found myself laughing out loud on 2 of them. Some of the rest were mildly amusing and all were well written, but there were at least two that I couldn't even fathom what they were supposed to be about, much less did I find them funny. So I don't see myself keeping this book to reread just for the 2 stories I enjoyed out of all the rest. And those 2: The Top 50 Things I'd Do If I Ever Became an Evil Overlord by Peter Anspach and How to be So there were 34 stories in this collection... and I only found myself laughing out loud on 2 of them. Some of the rest were mildly amusing and all were well written, but there were at least two that I couldn't even fathom what they were supposed to be about, much less did I find them funny. So I don't see myself keeping this book to reread just for the 2 stories I enjoyed out of all the rest. And those 2: The Top 50 Things I'd Do If I Ever Became an Evil Overlord by Peter Anspach and How to be Fantastic by Elizabeth Counihan aren't really stories - the first one is a hilarious list and the second one is what to do in case you wake up in a story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    Comeuppances, unexpected plot twists, weird magical gifts, beleaguered magicians and spells gone awry are among some of the themes of these stories that look at the funny side of fantasy. There’s a lot to pick and choose here, from modern writers like Neil Gaiman to obscure ones like John Kendrick Bangs (he who wrote the oft-published “The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall”) and a plethora of other authors. Long-time science fiction fans may be surprised to find that their favorite writers had their Comeuppances, unexpected plot twists, weird magical gifts, beleaguered magicians and spells gone awry are among some of the themes of these stories that look at the funny side of fantasy. There’s a lot to pick and choose here, from modern writers like Neil Gaiman to obscure ones like John Kendrick Bangs (he who wrote the oft-published “The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall”) and a plethora of other authors. Long-time science fiction fans may be surprised to find that their favorite writers had their amusing side while others will be eager to explore works they thought long out of print. I admit that most of these stories garner chuckles rather than howls but that makes them no less appealing. From mysteries set among Mother Goose characters to helpful advice if you find yourself locked up in a dungeon (check to see if you’re a barbarian hero or a frail damsel in distress first) and threatened by Alan Rickman (!), you’re bound to find something that will tickle your funnybone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jasmiina F

    3,3/5. This is a collection of fantasy and science fiction stories. My favorite stories were A Slow Day in Hell (Julia S. Mandala), The Aliens Who Knew Everything (George Alec Effinger) and History Book (John Grant). Most of the stories were good, but there were some that I just didn’t like that much. I think there were only two stories I didn’t like at all, The Ultimate from Seamus Cullen and Quest from Sue Anderson. The only authors I was already familiar with were Neil Gaiman and Tom Holt. Four 3,3/5. This is a collection of fantasy and science fiction stories. My favorite stories were A Slow Day in Hell (Julia S. Mandala), The Aliens Who Knew Everything (George Alec Effinger) and History Book (John Grant). Most of the stories were good, but there were some that I just didn’t like that much. I think there were only two stories I didn’t like at all, The Ultimate from Seamus Cullen and Quest from Sue Anderson. The only authors I was already familiar with were Neil Gaiman and Tom Holt. Four and Twenty Blackbirds isn’t one of Gaiman’s best stories, but I’d still be interested in reading a full crime novel from him. I didn’t like Tom Holt’s story but I don’t actually like his writing style much. The only book I’ve read from him was disappointing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Dvorak

    This compilation includes short stories from the usual suspects in comic fantasy: Neil Gaiman, Harry Harrison, Ambrose Bierce, and Alan Dean Foster, but there are also several stories from authors I didn't expect. Who knew William Schenk Sullivan (yes, Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame) wrote quite a lot of comic fantasy prose in between comic operas? I enjoyed all 35 stories in this collection, and many of them induced me to seek out other works by the authors.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    Po pierwszym tomie Opowieści o Czarodziejach z radością zabrałam się za czytanie następnego zbioru opowiadań. Muszę przyznać, że trochę się zawiodłam, większość opowiadań była przeciętna jak nie po prostu słaba. Zdarzyły się "perełki", które owładnęły mną całkowicie, ale to nadal zbyt mało. Poprzedni tom o wiele lepszy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Will

    I enjoyed this book more than the previous volume, as the selections were funnier.

  10. 5 out of 5

    David Melbie

    I was into to this type of story this particular month. This stuff is funny! After reading Pratchett, I was on this kick. . .

  11. 4 out of 5

    Quirkyreader

    This book is cock a block of very funny stories.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rali

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jere

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  15. 4 out of 5

    Raven

  16. 5 out of 5

    Reno

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jazelmae Demetillo

  18. 5 out of 5

    Arnalene Cruz

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fleur Gray-mcloughlin

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Cadotte

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  24. 4 out of 5

    Moesha.Foster

  25. 5 out of 5

    Edlyn

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janika Puolitaival

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ann

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gossamerblu

  29. 5 out of 5

    Richard Jones

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rob Franklin

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