The Big Book of Classic Fantasy edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer- ARC Review

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  This will be available to purchase on July second.

In case it isn’t painfully obvious based on my other blog posts, I love fantasy of every kind. I was so excited to delve into this collection of stories, some that are well-known to me, and many others that I read for the first time.

And let me tell you; this selection is vast. The editors went through a ton of effort to gather a varied representation of an enormous genre. There were the usual culprits: the Bros. Grimm, Tolkein, Hans Christian Andersen. It was great to see them all gathered in one place. But what makes this book stand out are the surprising contributions: Louisa May Alcott, Tolstoy, and even Kafka made appearances.

I loved that there are stories from all over the world. It was fantastic to see the differences- and similarities- between the fantastical tales. It took me longer than I expected to finish this book, simply because there’s so much to digest and I didn’t want to rush it. This is a book to be savored, one that I would recommend owning so that you can return to it time and again.

5 thoughts on “The Big Book of Classic Fantasy edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer- ARC Review

  1. I love the very idea of this one. Also I love Jeff and Ann as editors, I have another one they put out and it’s excellent. I also really love their cat Neo and it’s pretty much the reason I follow Jeff on Twitter 🤣🤣

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      1. Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology. It has some great stuff in there. My husband actually surprised me with this as a random gift! 🙂


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