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Moonrise • (1988) • shortstory by Dorothy J. Heydt Final Exam • (1988) • shortstory by Jennifer Roberson Counterexample • (1989) • shortstory by L. A. Taylor The Adinkra Cloth • (1989) • shortstory by Mary C. Aldridge To Father a Sohn • (1989) • shortstory by Patricia B. Cirone Born in the Seventh Year • (1989) • shortstory by Susan Urbanek Linville Dragon Three Two Niner • (198 Moonrise • (1988) • shortstory by Dorothy J. Heydt Final Exam • (1988) • shortstory by Jennifer Roberson Counterexample • (1989) • shortstory by L. A. Taylor The Adinkra Cloth • (1989) • shortstory by Mary C. Aldridge To Father a Sohn • (1989) • shortstory by Patricia B. Cirone Born in the Seventh Year • (1989) • shortstory by Susan Urbanek Linville Dragon Three Two Niner • (1989) • shortstory by Peter L. Manly The Case of Kestra • (1989) • shortstory by Lynne Armstrong-Jones The Palace of al-Tir al-Abtan • (1989) • shortstory by Lawrence Watt-Evans Nightside • [Diana Tregarde] • (1989) • shortstory by Mercedes Lackey Aventura • (1989) • shortstory by Jacqueline Lichtenberg Change • (1990) • shortstory by Jo Clayton The Truth about the Lady of the Lake by Phyllis Ann Karr ♦ The Dancer of Chimaera by Diana L. Paxson re-read 12/22/2001 The Lesser Twin • (1990) • shortstory by Elisabeth Waters The Bane of the Red Queen • (1990) • shortstory by Kit Wesler The Reluctant Vampire • (1990) • shortstory by Deborah Millitello ♦ "Be It Ever So Humble" by Tanya Huff read 4/11/2001


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Moonrise • (1988) • shortstory by Dorothy J. Heydt Final Exam • (1988) • shortstory by Jennifer Roberson Counterexample • (1989) • shortstory by L. A. Taylor The Adinkra Cloth • (1989) • shortstory by Mary C. Aldridge To Father a Sohn • (1989) • shortstory by Patricia B. Cirone Born in the Seventh Year • (1989) • shortstory by Susan Urbanek Linville Dragon Three Two Niner • (198 Moonrise • (1988) • shortstory by Dorothy J. Heydt Final Exam • (1988) • shortstory by Jennifer Roberson Counterexample • (1989) • shortstory by L. A. Taylor The Adinkra Cloth • (1989) • shortstory by Mary C. Aldridge To Father a Sohn • (1989) • shortstory by Patricia B. Cirone Born in the Seventh Year • (1989) • shortstory by Susan Urbanek Linville Dragon Three Two Niner • (1989) • shortstory by Peter L. Manly The Case of Kestra • (1989) • shortstory by Lynne Armstrong-Jones The Palace of al-Tir al-Abtan • (1989) • shortstory by Lawrence Watt-Evans Nightside • [Diana Tregarde] • (1989) • shortstory by Mercedes Lackey Aventura • (1989) • shortstory by Jacqueline Lichtenberg Change • (1990) • shortstory by Jo Clayton The Truth about the Lady of the Lake by Phyllis Ann Karr ♦ The Dancer of Chimaera by Diana L. Paxson re-read 12/22/2001 The Lesser Twin • (1990) • shortstory by Elisabeth Waters The Bane of the Red Queen • (1990) • shortstory by Kit Wesler The Reluctant Vampire • (1990) • shortstory by Deborah Millitello ♦ "Be It Ever So Humble" by Tanya Huff read 4/11/2001

30 review for The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    My rating system is as follows: 0=abandoned, 1=enraging, 2=disappointing, 3=average, 4=good, 5=favorite. * Mary C. ALDRIDGE - The Adinkra Cloth - 3 * Lynne ARMSTRONG-JONES - The Case of Kestra - 2 * Patricia B. CIRONE - To Father a Sohn - 2 * Jo CLAYTON - Change - 3 * Dorothy J. HEYDT - Moonrise - 3 * Tanya HUFF - Be It Ever So Humble - 5 * Phyllis Ann KARR - The Truth About the Lady of the Lake - 4 * Mercedes LACKEY - Nightside - 4 * Jacqueline LICHTENBERG - Aventura - 3 * Susan URBANEK LINVILLE - Born I My rating system is as follows: 0=abandoned, 1=enraging, 2=disappointing, 3=average, 4=good, 5=favorite. * Mary C. ALDRIDGE - The Adinkra Cloth - 3 * Lynne ARMSTRONG-JONES - The Case of Kestra - 2 * Patricia B. CIRONE - To Father a Sohn - 2 * Jo CLAYTON - Change - 3 * Dorothy J. HEYDT - Moonrise - 3 * Tanya HUFF - Be It Ever So Humble - 5 * Phyllis Ann KARR - The Truth About the Lady of the Lake - 4 * Mercedes LACKEY - Nightside - 4 * Jacqueline LICHTENBERG - Aventura - 3 * Susan URBANEK LINVILLE - Born In the Seventh Year - 2 * Peter L. MANLY - Dragon Three Two Niner - 3 * Deborah MILLITELLO - The Reluctant Vampire - 5 * Diana L. PAXSON - The Dancer of Chimaera - 3 * Jennifer ROBERSON - Final Exam - 4 * L. A. TAYLOR - Counterexample - 4 * Elisabeth WATERS - The Lesser Twin - 3 * Lawrence WATT-EVANS - The Palace of Al-Tir Al-Abtan - 3 * Kit WESLER - The Bane of the Red Queen - 3

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Knapp

    "Be It Ever So Humble" by Tanya Huff is one of my favorite fantasy stories of all time. "The Adinkra Cloth" by Mary C. Aldridge, "Change" by Jo Clayton & "The Lesser Twin" by Elisabeth Waters were also good ones "Be It Ever So Humble" by Tanya Huff is one of my favorite fantasy stories of all time. "The Adinkra Cloth" by Mary C. Aldridge, "Change" by Jo Clayton & "The Lesser Twin" by Elisabeth Waters were also good ones

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    3.5*. Another nice MZB Anthology

  4. 5 out of 5

    Russtman

    Mixed selection. The good are pretty good but some of these are just embarrassing

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Duncan

    I came into this anthology with high hopes, because while the years have taken the luster off them, I love my issues of MZB Fantasy Magazine and think they contain some of the most enjoyable, while still wholesome stories I have ever encountered. Unfortunately, this anthology - filled with what the editor considers the best stories of a range of issues (I am not sure how many issues of MZBF this encompasses; she does not specify); not, notably, necessarily those that the readers voted as the bes I came into this anthology with high hopes, because while the years have taken the luster off them, I love my issues of MZB Fantasy Magazine and think they contain some of the most enjoyable, while still wholesome stories I have ever encountered. Unfortunately, this anthology - filled with what the editor considers the best stories of a range of issues (I am not sure how many issues of MZBF this encompasses; she does not specify); not, notably, necessarily those that the readers voted as the best - failed to live up to my hopes. Of the stories in this anthology, I would have to say that the humor stories are the most disappointing ... strange, since one of my favorite qualities of the magazine was its ability to provide light but still believable stories. But in this anthology, the humor stories are generally of that quality where the behavior of the characters is stretched to ridiculous for the sake of a joke, ruining any suspension of disbelief I might have had. I didn't care what happened, and the humor wasn't gut-splitting enough to overcome that. The editor's commentary, overall, detracts from the book. Bad enough that the first story is basically a "punchline" story (in that the only purpose of the tale is to reveal the final line, whether humorous or not), but MZB chooses to telegraph that ending ... making the actual read a bit of a moot point. The personal comments in the intros make it feel as if the magazine was a friends-only club ... not the impression I got from reading MZB's editorials throughout the issues I have. It's a fantasy magazine, yet at least twice, I counted in the comments, "This is the closest to science fiction we've ever published ..." (you can't say that twice unless they're tied, can you?) and at least two other stories that verged on that territory. This in an anthology of nineteen stories, making about twenty percent of the total ... more if you consider two of the stories are essentially flash fiction. Those two pieces of flash fiction are very vivid and enjoyable, however. Also of note is Jo Clayton's "Change", which gets deep into the mind of a non-human entity. " The Dancer of Chimaera" from Diana L. Paxson shows the unexpected consequences when a shy, girlish dancer on a space station finds true love. Interestingly, both of these are stories MZB lumped into the SF category (I'd argue that "Change" isn't). Some of the better stories beyond those draw strongly on a mythic tradition. For Mary C. Aldridge's "The Adinkra Cloth," it is African myth; for Lawrence Watt-Evans' "The Palace of al-Tir al-Abtan," it is Arabian legend. I also liked Pat Cirone's "To Father A Sohn," though I am never a fan of invented pronouns and there's got to be a better way to do it. Overall, most of the stories are readable, but have distinct flaws, and few are really exceptional. I wouldn't go out of my way to track down this anthology.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Moonrise by Dorothy J. Heydt Final Exam by Jennifer Roberson Counterexample by L. A. Taylor The Adinkra Cloth by Mary C. Aldridge To Father a Sohn by Patricia B. Cirone Born in the Seventh Year by Susan Urbanek Linville Dragon Three Two Niner by Peter L. Manly The Case of Kestra by Lynne Armstrong-Jones The Palace of al-Tir al-Abtan by Lawrence Watt-Evans Nightside by Mercedes Lackey Aventura by Jacqueline Lichtenberg Change by Jo Clayton ♦The Truth about the Lady of the Lake by Phyllis Ann Karr RE-read 12/ Moonrise by Dorothy J. Heydt Final Exam by Jennifer Roberson Counterexample by L. A. Taylor The Adinkra Cloth by Mary C. Aldridge To Father a Sohn by Patricia B. Cirone Born in the Seventh Year by Susan Urbanek Linville Dragon Three Two Niner by Peter L. Manly The Case of Kestra by Lynne Armstrong-Jones The Palace of al-Tir al-Abtan by Lawrence Watt-Evans Nightside by Mercedes Lackey Aventura by Jacqueline Lichtenberg Change by Jo Clayton ♦The Truth about the Lady of the Lake by Phyllis Ann Karr RE-read 12/29/2015 ♣ The Dancer of Chimaera by Diana L. Paxson re-read 12/22/2001 RE-read 1/2/2016 The Lesser Twin by Elisabeth Waters The Bane of the Red Queen by Kit Wesler The Reluctant Vampire by Deborah Millitello ♦ "Be It Ever So Humble" by Tanya Huff read 4/11/2001 reread3/13/2015

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol Ward

    The title is pretty self explanatory. Marion published her own fantasy magazine from 1988 through 2000, and this is the first of two collections of the best of that magazine. This was a nice change of pace from her Swords and Sorceress series because there was such a variety of stories, they weren't all part of the same theme. The title is pretty self explanatory. Marion published her own fantasy magazine from 1988 through 2000, and this is the first of two collections of the best of that magazine. This was a nice change of pace from her Swords and Sorceress series because there was such a variety of stories, they weren't all part of the same theme.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Excellent collection of short stories, many from well known fantasy authors such as Mercedes Lackey, Tanya Huff, and Diana L Paxson. The short story is a very different thing than novel writing, and Bradley showed her skill as an editor by putting this collection together.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    Marion Zimmer Bradley did a remarkable job selecting these eighteen short stories. I especially enjoyed her personal introduction to each author and story which were just as enjoyable as the stories themselves. Pleasant, easy reading which came to an end too soon.

  10. 4 out of 5

    bluetyson

    Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley Fantasy Magazine - Volume 1 by Marion Zimmer Bradley (1994)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Serge Pierro

    A good assortment of authors for a collection of short stores from the Marion Zimmer Bradley Fantasy magazine. Some of the stories are very short.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ♥Xeni♥

    This was a really cute short story! I loved how the princess was a smart young woman who somehow managed to twist the whole tale to her advantage.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Krista

  15. 5 out of 5

    lavvyan

  16. 4 out of 5

    Darth Keller

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alli

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jahira

  20. 5 out of 5

    Summer

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jill Pollnow

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

  23. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Dugeay

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maura

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Ross

  27. 5 out of 5

    JANET SANTEN

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fran Tullo

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elvina Hanson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

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