Post by crusssdaddy on Mar 22, 2012 10:49:03 GMT -6
Introducing myself to Dunsany, much belatedly. Recently finished The Gods of Pegana, currently reading Time and the Gods. Also have The Book of Wonder available. Dunsany aficionados, what else do I need?
As an aside, the Kindle is great for this. It's all free, as is Hodgson, Lovecraft, A Voyage to Arcturus, The King in Yellow, and much more. Never would have gotten to Dunsany and those latter two books without it and now I know where to spend money to expand my real book collection. I've got the mid-range model, the Kindle Touch and it's awesome. Very helpful for lazy semi-illiterates like myself when reading old books with big words - just touch the word and the built in dictionary tells you what it means.
The Gods of Pegana Time and the Gods A Dreamer's Tales Tales of Three Hemispheres The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories The Book of Wonder Tales of Wonder The Food of Death: Fifty-One Tales The King of Elfland's Daughter (many years since I read this one) The Charwoman's Shadow (which I've not yet read)
I consider all of the above (save the last two, which I can't comment on) to be uneven: Some of the tales are wonderous, while some are mediocre. All of the above are worth getting. My favorite Dunsany tale is "The Fall of Babbulkund" (collected in The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories). I'd give a lot to be able to write stories like that one.
Last Edit: Mar 22, 2012 14:28:17 GMT -6 by geoffrey
I just buy up all of the Dunsany I can. His Jorkens tales are fun as well. I never get tired of reading and re-reading his tales. The Fortress Unvanquishable is, arguably, the first S&S tale written and a great read. Idle Days on the Yann and linked tales are favorites too.
If you aren't a complete toadlicker like me you could buy the Chaosium Complete Pegana for about $15. I bought a copy from some online bookseller for $45. But I made up for it over the years by buying up ALL of the Lord Dunsany books I can find at reasonable prices. At least in my mind.