Book Review: Thieves’ World® (Thieves’ World #1) Robert Lynn Aspert and Lynn Abbey, editors
“We hold where I come from that no man can flee his weird, so he may as well meet it in a way that’ll leave a good story.”
A better than average anthology, perhaps because the editor enlisted first-rank fantasy writers of that day (the 70s) to write related stories. The set-up is a common fantasy world inhabited by an ensemble of shady characters with stories written by various authors.
“The sole traffic on the Avenue of Temples was a night breeze, cold and sibilant.”
While it works better than many “Best … of 20XX” anthologies, the quality is mediocre. The reader suspects commercial considerations beat out literary.
“You’ve already paid the price for doing business in Sanctuary. It isn’t your life, it’s your soul … your humanity. You’ve exchanged it for gold, and in my opinion, it was a poor bargain.”
Hey, think I’ll pass on this book. Thanks.