Best of
Fantasy

1984

The Dark Is Rising Sequence


Susan Cooper - 1984
    Cooper's highly acclaimed series—Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark Is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; and Silver on the Tree—is now available in its entirety for the first time in an attractive, sturdy boxed set that's perfect for gift giving.

Bridge of Birds


Barry Hughart - 1984
    He found master Li Kao, a scholar with a slight flaw in his character. Together, they set out to find the Great Root of Power, the only possible cure.The quest led them to a host of truly memorable characters, multiple wonders, incredible adventures—and strange coincidences, which were really not coincidences at all. And it involved them in an ancient crime that still perturbed the serenity of Heaven. Simply and charmingly told, this is a wry tale, a sly tale, and a story of wisdom delightfully askew. Once read, its marvels and beauty will not easily fade from the mind.The author claims that this is a novel of an ancient China that never was. But, oh…it should have been!

Legend


David Gemmell - 1984
    His skill in battle has earned him a fearsome reputation throughout the world and the stories of his life are told everywhere. But the grizzled veteran has spurned a life of fame and fortune and has retreated to the solitude of his mountain lair to await his old enemy, Death.Meanwhile, barbarian hordes of the Nadir are on the march, conquering all before them. All that stands before them and victory is the legendary six-walled fortress of the Drenai empire, Dros Delnoch. If the fortress falls, so do the Drenai. Druss reluctantly agrees to come out of retirement. But can even Druss live up to his own legends?Held by many to be Gemmell's most iconic work, the book is considered a classic in the heroic fantasy genre.

The Earthsea Quartet


Ursula K. Le Guin - 1984
    A natural magician, Ged becomes an Archmage and helps the High Priestess Tenar escape from the labyrinth of darkness. But as the years pass, true magic and ancient ways are forced to submit to the powers of evil and death.

The Atlas of Pern


Karen Wynn Fonstad - 1984
    Karen Wynn Fonstad brings out every detail of the world and history of Pern in fascinating graphics and lucent text. Tour the land whose very existence depends on the dragons and their riders! Detailed two-color maps showing every place and feature yet discovered on Pern; Follow F'lar's research as he learns how to predict Threadfall! Charts tracking the fall of Thread, the deadly spores that periodically ravage Pern; See the hatchling grounds where Jaxom impressed the white dragon Ruth! Schematics of the great Weyrs - the homes of the telepathic dragons and their riders; Visit Ruatha Hold where F'lar found Lessa, his future weyrwoman! Plans of the Holds, where most of the people of Pern live and work; And lots more covering all the books in the great series! The Atlas of Pern provides a spellbinding tour of the world where the harassed settlers from Earth fight to ovecome seemingly impossible odds and to carve out a new life for themselves and the future."

The Talisman


Stephen King - 1984
    The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America--and into another realm.One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother's life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin. . . .

Chataine's Guardian


Robin Hardy - 1984
    Karel is aware of the Lystran law that, at age 17, Chataine must choose the man she will marry. But he never dreams her choice might be Roman, the homely soldier who calls himself a "Christian".

Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature


Alberto Manguel - 1984
    Alberto Manguel has selected 72 fantastic tales from life on the edge of the twilight zone, with stories from Marguerite Yourcenar, Herman Hesse, Italo Calvino, Vladimir Nabokov, and many, many more. This is a collection of irresistible masterpieces, many of which have never before appeared in the English language.Fantastic literature Manguel writes in his introduction, makes use of our everyday world as a facade through which the undefinable appears, hinting at the half-forgotten dreams of our imagination. Unlike tales of fantasy, fantastic literature deals with what can be best defined as the impossible seeping into the possible, what Wallace Stevens calls black water breaking into reality. Fantastic literature never really explains everything, it thrives on surprise, on the unexpected logic that is born from its own rules.Contents:House taken over by Julio CortázarHow love came to Professor Guildea by Robert S. HichensClimax for a ghost story by I.A. IrelandThe mysteries of the Joy Rio by Tennessee WilliamsPomegranate seed by Edith WhartonVenetian masks by Adolfo Bioy CasaresThe wish house by Rudyard KiplingThe playground by Ray BradburyImportance by Manuel Mujica LáinezEnoch Soames by Max BeerbohmA visitor from down under by L.P. HartleyLaura by SakiAn injustice revealedA little place off the Edgware Road by Graham GreeneFrom "A School Story" by M.R. JamesThe signalman by Charles DickensThe tall woman by Pedro Antonio de AlarcónA scent of mimosa by Francis KingDeath and the gardener by Jean CocteauLord Mountdrago by W. Somerset MaughamThe sick gentleman's last visit by Giovanni PapiniInsomnia by Virgilio PiñeraThe storm by Jules VerneA dream (from The Arabian Nights Entertainments)The facts in the case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allan PoeSplit second by Daphne du MaurierAugust 25, 1983 by Jorge Luis BorgesHow Wang-Fo was saved by Marguerite YourcenarFrom "Peter and Rosa" by Isak DinesenTattoo by Jun'ichirō TanizakiJohn Duffy's brother by Flann O'BrienLady into fox by David GarnettFather's last escape by Bruno SchulzA man by the name of Ziegler by Hermann HesseThe Argentine ant by Italo CalvinoThe lady on the grey by John CollierThe queen of spades by Alexander PushkinOf a promise kept by Lafcadio HearnThe wizard postponed by Juan ManuelThe monkey's paw by W.W. JacobsThe bottle imp by Robert Louis StevensonThe rocking-horse winner by D.H. LawrenceCertain distant suns by Joanne GreenburgThe third bank of the river by João Guimarães RosaHome by Hilaire BellocThe door in the wall by H.G. WellsThe friends by Silvina OcampoEt in sempiternum pereant by Charles WilliamsThe captives of Longjumeau by Léon BloyThe visit to the museum by Vladimir NabakovAutumn Mountain by Ryūnosuke AkutagawaThe sight by Brian MooreClorinda by André Pieyre de MandiarguesThe pagan rabbi by Cynthia OzickThe fisherman and his soul by Oscar WildeThe bureau d'echange de maux by Lord DunsanyThe ones who walk away from Omelas by Ursula K. LeGuinIn the penal colony by Franz KafkaA dog in Durer's etching "The Knight, Death and the Devil" by Marco DeneviThe large ant by Howard FastThe lemmings by Alex ComfortThe grey ones by J.B. PriestleyThe feather pillow by Horacio QuirogaSeaton's aunt by Walter de la MareThe friends of the friends by Henry JamesThe travelling companion by Hans Christian AndersenThe curfew tolls by Stephen Vincent BenetThe state of grace by Marcel AyméThe story of a panic by E.M. ForsterAn invitation to the hunt by George HitchcockFrom the "American Notebooks" by Nathaniel HawthorneThe dream by O. Henry

The Bishop's Heir


Katherine Kurtz - 1984
    As the Pretender Queen plotted to free Meara from Gwynedd's control, and the ex-Archbishop hatched a devious plan, it looked like the peace of Gwynedd was to be a thing of the past....

Archer's Goon


Diana Wynne Jones - 1984
    He said he'd been sent by Archer. But who was Archer? It had to do with the 2,000 words that Howard's author father had failed to deliver.It soon became clear not only that Archer wanted those words, but that his wizard siblings, Hathaway, Dillian, Shine, Torquil, Erskine, and Venturus, would also go to any lengths to get them.Although each wizard ruled a section of the town, he or she was a prisoner in it. Each suspected that one of them held the secret behind the words, and that secret was the key to their freedom. Which one of them was it? The Sykes family become pawns in the wizards' fight to win their freedom, wrest control from one another, and fan out to rule the world.Diana Wynne Jones skillfully guides the reader through a riveting, twisty plot, with satisfying surprises at every amazing turn. An exciting science fiction adventure where, happily, nothing is what it first seems to be.

Castles


Alan Lee - 1984
    Librarian's note: Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780553050660.Recounts legends, folk stories, and fairy tales dealing with castles from the traditions of England, Norway, Germany, and other countries

Myth Adventures One (Graphic Novel)


Robert Lynn Asprin - 1984
    Add one glib-tongued, money-hungry demon who's lost his powers. Combine with assorted Deveels, an adolescent dragon, a mad wizard and a gung-ho demon hunter. Toss in a couple of imps and one war unicorn.Put it all together and it don't spell M-O-T-H-E-R!It's Myth Adventures One, the illustrated adaptation of Robert Asprin's humorous fantasy, Another Fine Myth, the first book of the adventures of Skeeve and Aahz. Phil Foglio, the artist for the Donning Myth Adventures novels, has captured the warmth, whimsy and adventure of the prose work in a way that is sure to be enjoyed by young and old alike.

Moonheart


Charles de Lint - 1984
    A world of mists and forests, of ancient magics, mythical beings, ageless bards...and restless evil.Now, with their friends and enemies alike--Blue, the biker; Keiran, the folk musician; the Inspector from the RCMP; and the mysterious Tom Hengyr--Sara and Jamie are drawn into this enchanted land through the portals of Tamson House, that sprawling downtown edifice that straddles two worlds.Sweeping from ancient Wales to the streets of Ottawa today, Moonheart will entrance you with its tale of this world and the other one at the very edge of sight...and the unforgettable people caught up in the affairs of both. A tale of music, and motorcycles, and fey folk beyond the shadows of the moon. A tale of true magic; the tale of Moonheart.

Fairies and Elves


Tristram Potter Coffin - 1984
    From cover to cover they are thoughtful, beautiful books. Illus by Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac and many others. Faries and Elves are Showcased in this volume: Recounts legends and folktales from around the world concerning people's encounters with elves and fairies

Ivy Cottage


E.J. Taylor - 1984
    When Miss Biscuit, a retired nanny, decides that they should go live in the country, Violet Pickles, a rag doll, is very unhappy at the prospect.

Ghosts


Time-Life Books - 1984
    Presents tales and examines varieties of beliefs about death and hauntings, characteristics and habits of ghosts, exorcism rites, and haunted places.

The Copper Crown


Patricia Kennealy-Morrison - 1984
    Then, at the start of the reign of Aeron, mistress of high magic and queen of all the Kelts, an Earthship made contact with her long-fled children. And while Earth and Keltia reached out to form alliance, the star fleets of the enemy mobilized for final, devastating war....

Songs of Earth and Power


Greg Bear - 1984
    Now Michael faces years of captivity and deadly struggles for the future of the Realm and of Earth--leading finally to a terrible confrontation on the streets of Los Angeles, with the soul of humanity at stake.Weaving the power of music, poetry, and myth into a headlong narrative of nearly overwhelming intensity, Song of Earth and Power is one of the most original fantasy epics of our time, a vast tapestry of relentless suspense, terrible beauty, and brilliant imagination. Originally published years ago in two parts, it now returns in a new edition rewritten by the author and published in a single volume as he originally intended. Wrote Analog on its original appearance: "A delight....A vision of Faery that may owe a bit to a wish to do it right. Read it."

Dragons


Tristram Potter Coffin - 1984
    From cover to cover they are thoughtful, beautiful books. Presents tales and examines beliefs about dragons of the enchanted world. Includes: Chaos Incarnate: A Field Guide to Dragons, Glittering Gods of the East, The Serpent Ascendant, Rise of the Dragonslayer. If you love dragons, this may be the ultimate guide book.

Callanish


William Horwood - 1984
    Creggan begins to lose his sense of freedom, as the cage curls around himself, cutting off access to the sky. An older female eagle who's been trapped in the cages for a long time gives Creggan the strength to survive, and the hope of one day escaping this man-made construct.

Legends of Valor


Brendan Lehane - 1984
    Lavishly illustrated.

Adventures In Fern Hollow


John Patience - 1984
    Ask Professor Sigmund Swamp or old Brock Gruffy to tell you about their lovely little village, and they will talk all day and yet hardly have begun.They will tell you that Fern Hollow nestles at the foot of the trees of Windy Wood and that through the village runs the sparkling ribbon of the River Ferny.The animals of Fern Hollow are all good friends and neighbors, and if you are a stranger, they will make you feel at home in next to no time.

The Skook


J.P. Miller - 1984
    Fleeing from a motorcycle gang, alienated, middle-aged Spanish Barrman escapes into a hidden cave and finds himself entombed in an underground labyrinth inhabited by the wondrous Skook.

Dragons of Autumn Twilight


Margaret Weis - 1984
    Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales with strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chanced encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman who bears a magical crystal staff draws the companions deeper into the shadow forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.No one expected them to be heroes.Least of all themselves.

Down the Long Wind


Gillian Bradshaw - 1984
    Forced to flee from her dark spells, he journeys to Britian where, with the aid of the sword of light and a horse whcih runs like the wind and never tires, he joins King Arhtur's battle to rid Britain of dark forces. Though defeated for a time - a time of peace and strength in Arthur's Britian - the forces muster again. Their weapon is the tragic love of Gwynhwyfar for Bedwyr, a passion which is to set the stage for the final battle. Complete for the first time in one volume, Gillian Bradshaw's brilliant trilogy recrerates the mystery of Arthur's Britain with breathtaking skill.Contains the full texts of:Hawk of MayIn winters shadowKingdom of Summer

Night of the Dragons


Margaret Weis - 1984
    As the Companions struggle to protect a beautiful barbarian princess and her mystical staff, dragons from the distant past, summoned by the Dark Queen, gather to ravage the world of Krynn, and the War of the Lance begins.

On All Hallow's Eve


Grace Chetwin - 1984
    With the help of the benevolent witch Greylen, Meg finds the strength to save the others.

Sword and Sorceress


Marion Zimmer Bradley - 1984
    I hop to avoid either and to entertain you while I'm doing it."Here she has succeeded!

The Time of the Warlock


Larry Niven - 1984
    Contains:Not Long Before the EndWhat Good is a Glass Dagger?The Magic Goes AwayUnfinished Story #1and:The Magic May ReturnNotes for a Series of Stories to be Set in the Fantasy World of The Magic Goes Away

Great Myths And Legends


Childcraft International - 1984
    As you will discover, these are exciting tales of adventure, filled with sorcerers and witches, dragons and goblins, and all kinds of magic. Each is a story of good against evil.All of these tales were told by storytellers long before they were written down. And they were told with a purpose. Myths are about gods and goddessess and superhuman being. They were generally told to explain a belief or something in nature. Legends are almost always based on something that actually happened. They were told to glorify someone who had performed great deeds or caused marvelous things to happen.But most of all, these are tales of heroes and heroines, young and old. They have the qualities their people most admired--courage, wisdom, goodness, strength, self-sacrifice, gentleness, loyalty, generosity, honesty, and kindness.

Spring Sonata


Bernice Rubens - 1984
    He was a gifted violinist but he feared that his ambitious, greedy family would exploit and destroy his talent. They were already quarrelling over his future. But he had one protection — he had not yet been born.

The Summer Tree


Guy Gavriel Kay - 1984
    They have been called there by the mage Loren Silvercloak, and quickly find themselves drawn into the complex tapestry of events. For Kim, Paul, Kevin, Jennifer and Dave all have their own part to play in the coming battle against the forces of evil led by the fallen god Rakoth Maugrim and his dark hordes.Guy Gavriel Kay’s classic epic fantasy plays out on a truly grand scale, and has already been delighting fans of imaginative fiction for twenty years.

Hallelujah Anyway


Patrick Woodroffe - 1984
    Color paintings and faked photographs of strange lands, fantastic creatures, and magical events are accompanied by poems.

Rude Tales and Glorious: A Retelling of the Arthurian Tales


Nicholas Seare - 1984
    Line drawings by William Bramhall. New York: Clarkson, Potter, Inc., Publishers, 1983 First Edition First Printing. 6" x 8.5" tall; 207 pages with Glossary.

Imps, Demons, Hobgoblins, Witches, Fairies & Elves


Leonard Baskin - 1984
    An illustrated catalogue of imps, hobgoblins, demons, and witches taken from literature and the author's own imagination.

Princess of Power the Spirit of She-ra


Bryce Knorr - 1984
    From the exciting world of Masters of the Universe comes the Legend of She-Ra, the Princess of Power.

The Complete Magnus Ridolph


Jack Vance - 1984
    Contents: •7 • The Kokod Warriors • [Magnus Ridolph] • (1952) • novelette by Jack Vance •39 • The Unspeakable McInch • [Magnus Ridolph] • (1948) • shortstory by Jack Vance •56 • The Howling Bounders • [Magnus Ridolph] • (1949) • shortstory by Jack Vance •74 • The King of Thieves • [Magnus Ridolph] • (1949) • shortstory by Jack Vance •92 • The Spa of the Stars • [Magnus Ridolph] • (1950) • shortstory by Jack Vance •111 • Coup de Grace • [Magnus Ridolph] • (1958) • shortstory by Jack Vance •132 • The Sub-Standard Sardines • [Magnus Ridolph] • (1949) • novelette by Jack Vance •154 • To B or Not to C or to D • [Magnus Ridolph] • (1950) • novelette by Jack Vance •177 • Hard-Luck Diggings • [Magnus Ridolph] • (1948) • shortstory by Jack Vance •189 • Sanatoris Short-Cut • [Magnus Ridolph] • (1948) • shortstory by Jack Vance

In Search of Unicorns


Susannah York - 1984
    Susannah York illustrated by Wendy HallUms, wrote the Wise historian of Umbany "are very small people- quarrelsome, peaceful, jealous and kind, happy and sad, they wear thick furry bearskins and hunt and fish and farm and paint wonderful things on the walls their caves.