Monday, December 29, 2008

More Fantasy - A Miscellany

This post will show an assortment of individual novels. Some are quite rare these days I should imagine.

The Tsaddik of the Seven Wonders by Isidore Hailblum is purported to be the first Yiddish science fantasy, and The Rainbow Annals by Grania Davis is a charming version of the Monkey legend. David Johnston is the cover artist for "Tsaddik"

tsaddik rainbow annals

Next, an unusual and very dark version of Cinderella in The Coachman Rat by David Henry Wilson and E Hoffman Price's Chinese fantasy The Devil Wives of Li Fong.

coachman rat devil_wives_price

Cover art by Don Maitz and Rowena Morrill.

Two books from the Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult published by Sphere - The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams and The Curse of the Wise Woman by Lord Dunsany.

williams_trumps dunsany_wisewoman

An omnibus volume containing of Phantastes & Lilith by George MacDonald - two very strange fantasties. Also Jorge Luis Borges Book of Imaginary Beings.

macdonald_lilith borges_imaginary_beings

Next John Bellairs Face in the Frost and William Goldman's famous Princess Bride.

faceinthefrost goldman_princess_bride

And last but not least William Browning Spencer's totally wonderful fantasy Zod Wallop.

Spencer_zod wallop

Coming next - trilogies and other interrelated fantasy novels.


Celsius1414 said...

I loved William Browning Spencer from the first book of his I read -- pretty sure it was Résumé with Monsters. I hope he gets more published some day.

Anne S said...

Zod Wallop is the only one of WBS' books I've read. Must hunt out Resume With Monsters.

Whatever happended to him? I share your hope he does publishe again.

Celsius1414 said...

It looks as if he had a short story collection published in 2006, which I've not read, but not much else since the 90s.

I like to entertain the notion that he is having adventures that he will be reporting back on at some point. :)

Max said...

That cover for Princess Bride is pretty wide of the mark, isn't it? Remarkably inapt. (Though now it's got me wondering what the film might've been if Bakshi had animated it from Frazetta character designs...)

Anne S said...

The Princess Bride edition pictured here is the 1974 Ballantine paperback edition. And yes, you're perfectly right, it is inapt.

I rather liked the original movie -especially the sword fight scenes.

Though truth to tell, I haven't read the book, nor seen the movie for many years.