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Wed Dec 7, 2011, 07:54 AM

The greatest advantage of fantasy is that it ages well.

Since much of fantasy doesn't occur in any particular time frame, it doesn't become dated. The old masters of the art are often still wonderful reads. Don't miss these two:

House On The Borderland William Hope Hodgson
The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Free for the taking in many places on the net and a joy.

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dimbear Dec 2011 OP
closeupready Feb 2012 #1
ChazInAz Aug 2013 #2
dimbear Aug 2013 #3

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Thu Feb 16, 2012, 04:59 PM

1. Yes! House on the Borderland is a superb story. Hard to believe

 

it was written over 100 years ago, and it's still enjoyable. Hodgson died in WWI, didn't he?

King in Yellow, I'm not familiar with. I'll check it out!

Oh, and Edgar Allan Poe's works are still knock-you-socks-off.

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Sun Aug 4, 2013, 12:32 AM

2. Early Leiber is another example.

Just re-read "Adept's Gambit", one of the first Fafhrd and Grey Mouser stories. Beautifully written, very adult and thoroughly enjoyable. To think that it was written in the '30s, and that H.P. Lovecraft gave Leiber some suggestions on it!

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Sun Aug 4, 2013, 06:41 PM

3. Leiber is a wonderful example of that long long arc, where characters develop

over many years. It's not hard to see the author doing the same.

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