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Flights of Fantasy is a short story collection edited by Mercedes Lackey centered around birds and flight. The fourth anthology edited by Mercedes Lackey, who is making a name for herself as an editor, in addition to her fame as a writer. A bestselling author and licensed wild bird rehabilitator Mercedes Lackey has brought together original stories about fantastic flying cr Flights of Fantasy is a short story collection edited by Mercedes Lackey centered around birds and flight. The fourth anthology edited by Mercedes Lackey, who is making a name for herself as an editor, in addition to her fame as a writer. A bestselling author and licensed wild bird rehabilitator Mercedes Lackey has brought together original stories about fantastic flying creatures by such acclaimed writers as Mike Resnick, Diana Paxson, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and S.M. Sirling. Mercedes Lackey also includes a never-before-published novella.


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Flights of Fantasy is a short story collection edited by Mercedes Lackey centered around birds and flight. The fourth anthology edited by Mercedes Lackey, who is making a name for herself as an editor, in addition to her fame as a writer. A bestselling author and licensed wild bird rehabilitator Mercedes Lackey has brought together original stories about fantastic flying cr Flights of Fantasy is a short story collection edited by Mercedes Lackey centered around birds and flight. The fourth anthology edited by Mercedes Lackey, who is making a name for herself as an editor, in addition to her fame as a writer. A bestselling author and licensed wild bird rehabilitator Mercedes Lackey has brought together original stories about fantastic flying creatures by such acclaimed writers as Mike Resnick, Diana Paxson, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and S.M. Sirling. Mercedes Lackey also includes a never-before-published novella.

30 review for Flights of Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kogiopsis

    Read as part of my ongoing shelf audit. Verdict: Nothing really memorable here. ...except, that is, for the deeply unsettling cover. The more I look at it the more I hate it. Why does the hawk have human eyes? Why does it have delicate wispy eyelashes? Why does it have EYEBROWS???? And why in the world is it crying? It's extra bizarre since the reason this book exists is that Lackey herself is a falconer and avian rehabber, so one would think an anthology she put together about her passion would h Read as part of my ongoing shelf audit. Verdict: Nothing really memorable here. ...except, that is, for the deeply unsettling cover. The more I look at it the more I hate it. Why does the hawk have human eyes? Why does it have delicate wispy eyelashes? Why does it have EYEBROWS???? And why in the world is it crying? It's extra bizarre since the reason this book exists is that Lackey herself is a falconer and avian rehabber, so one would think an anthology she put together about her passion would have a less horrifyingly anthropomorphized cover. That said, the stories were... fine. They were entertaining and nothing was terrible, but I didn't love any of them either. Lackey's own "Wide Wings" was the most enjoyable, though the pacing was very uneven. Several stories decided to delve into the idea of 'tribal' peoples having mystical connections to birds which... sure is a decision, I guess. Overall, it definitely feels like a passion project, and I hope that everyone involved had fun, but I don't particularly care myself. To the used bookstore it goes!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cris

    I picked up this book because of the novella by Mercedes Lackey that's included. I thoroughly enjoyed Lackey's "Wide Wings". The collection is a mixed-bag with some stories being more appealing than others--but overall the collection is better than most. None of the stories was bad. The stories were very different from one another in style, tone and content similar only in their inclusion of flying creatures. I enjoyed Nye's "Eagle's Eye" (view spoiler)[with its take on spirit guardians as well as I picked up this book because of the novella by Mercedes Lackey that's included. I thoroughly enjoyed Lackey's "Wide Wings". The collection is a mixed-bag with some stories being more appealing than others--but overall the collection is better than most. None of the stories was bad. The stories were very different from one another in style, tone and content similar only in their inclusion of flying creatures. I enjoyed Nye's "Eagle's Eye" (view spoiler)[with its take on spirit guardians as well as being a coming-of-age story for Imoh. (hide spoiler)] "Night Flight" by Watt-Evans had an undertone of humor and sarcasm(?) which I didn't pick up until the end. (view spoiler)[I wonder if Princess Kirna understands just how much she was played by Deru. Though she definitely needed the metaphorical spanking to grow up (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ilona

    I enjoyed all of the stories in this anthology and it was hard to pick just one that I liked better than any other. There are eleven short stories in total and each one has a flying creature in it, hence the title of the anthology. Sometimes the flying was tenuous but over all each story was like a perfect jewel in a pretty necklace. Each one an individual but each also enhancing the next.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    Read it on a flight to San Diego.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Azz Lunatic

    "Flights of Fantasy (Daw Book Collectors, No. 1141) by Mercedes Lackey (1999)" "Flights of Fantasy (Daw Book Collectors, No. 1141) by Mercedes Lackey (1999)"

  6. 5 out of 5

    gambal29 YIM

    hands down

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sean Talbot

    very disappointing as no strong characters that you fall in love with one of the worst anthologies I sat through

  8. 4 out of 5

    compiledwrong

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karel

  10. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  13. 5 out of 5

    bjhix

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rowan

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  16. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Young

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mitrian

  18. 5 out of 5

    Luftchen1yahoo.com

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hazel Green

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Jane

  21. 4 out of 5

    Helen

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Darth Astris

  25. 5 out of 5

    tHOMAS wADE

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ayala

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Hansen

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