Wednesday, August 19

Book Review: Xanadu 3

Title: Xanadu 3 (collection of short stories)

Author: Edited by Jane Yole, Multiple Authors

Pages: 309

Summary: Award-winning editor Jane Yolen presents 34 tales of fantasy and delight in this third volume of her original anthology series, Xanadu. The contributors include prize-winning poet Marvin Bell, Ruth Berman, Jo Clayton, Christine Crow, Nancy Etchemendy, Tanith Lee, Susan Palwick, Midori Snyder, Terri Windling and Jane Yolen herself.

My Rating: 6/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was a collection of Fantasy stories and poems, and if I had to pinpoint the exact kind of fantasy I’d say it would be mostly in the area of low fantasy, metaphysical fantasy and alternative fantasy, although some stories weren’t in those categories, I’d classify most in one of those. Like you get with most short story collections, some you enjoyed others you didn’t, but I found there were a lot I just didn’t enjoy as much, or hit me as something I’d want to read again, or something by that author I’d want to read again. Some were really weird and out there, and I just didn’t connect to them, and some bored me, and I couldn’t wait until I was finished. Not to others would feel this way, I just didn’t like the type of fantasy showed here. (I’m more of a high fantasy, epic fantasy etc). Some of the short stories/poems I did like:
  • The Night Journey by Terri Windling
  • A Report Concerning the Predator Population in the Northren Part of the Forest - Jerry Beckett
  • The Asgard Philharmonic Plays Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture - Lawerence Schimel
  • Gord and Fnord Go to the Zoo - By Charles Von Rospach
There were a few others I enjoyed as well, but these stuck out the most for me. Overall not what I expected, but good exposure to different types of fantasy that are out there in the genre, and an interesting collection of stories and authors that have been assembled, and for those of you who need to fill in that pesky X Title for the A - Z Challenge, you have a possible candidate for, (there is also Xanadu and Xanadu 2, to choose from!!).

Would I recommend it to read: If your a fan of all sorts of fantasy, especially some of the more obscure stories, then yes, I would recommend it to read. But if your a fan of fantasy and are looking for fantasy like you would find in Wheel of Time, Hobbit/LOTR, Harry Potter, Twilight and any books in that clump of books or similar to those, then you may not like the stories as much. Fantasy here is something completely different, which is a good thing, it just wasn't the kind of fantasy I generally like.

What to read next: If you like some of the authors you found in here, I'd say try them out. Same with if you like the types of fantasy in here, you should try them out. It will open your eyes to a whole new world of fantasy, some which you may not have thought to be "fantasy" before.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, August Reading Challenge


  1. I think this book would make a great gift for my husband. He loves all types of fantasy, although I don't read much of it. I did a little searching online, and can't seem to fins anywhere that has this for a reasonable price. Do you mind me asking where you got it? I am going to continue searching and hopefully will come up with something. Thanks for reviewing this one and making me aware of it!

  2. I borrowed the book from the library, so I don' think I'm much help there. I'd suggest amazon, or ebay sometimes they have cheap copies. Sorry I couldn't be much help.