RITE by Tad Williams. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2006. 1st edition hardcover. Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Mark A. Nelson
Though best known for his epic series, Tad Williams is also an accomplished practitioner of the short form. Rite: Short Work gives ample evidence of this, as it contains a knockout novella later expanded to novel length ("Child of an Ancient City"); riffs on the great fantasist Michael Moorcock ("The Author at the End of Time," "Go Ask Elric"), along with excursions into some of his most popular creations and beyond. At over 140,000 words, Rite is essential for every Tad Williams fan and fantasy aficianado. Each tale features a full-page black-and-while illustration by Mark A. Nelson.
Limited edition: Sewn, fully cloth-bound hardcovers, SIGNED by the author
Why I Write What I Write,
A Tale from the Book of Regret,
Not With a Whimper, Either,
Child of an Ancient City,
Fish Between Friends,
Z Is For... ,
Re: Dark Destructor,
Scent of Trumpets,
Stuff that Dreams are Made of,
The Author at the End of Time,
Go Ask Elric,
The Writer's Child,
Three Duets for Virgin and Nosehorn,
The Happiest Dead Boy in the World,
100 Best Horror (The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch),
Six Books by PKD,
Hugo Ceremony Speech,
Cloak, Episode One,
Cloak, Episode Two,
Dogs Versus the World, Episode One,
From Library Journal:
"Characterized by a wickedly keen sense of humor and, at times, a feel for the poignant, Williams's stories offer insights into the author's career as well as his growth as a writer."
From Green Man Review:
"The highlight of this collection is of course his fantastic fiction. Whether it's about pseudo time travel, vampires, unicorns (or a realistic interpretation of one), Tad Williams delivers in nearly every single fictional piece. Among my personal favourites was "The Happiest Dead Boy In the World", which is a continuation of sorts from the Otherland series, regarding ill protagonist Orlando and how he's adapted to near-immortal life in a fantastical computer simulation...
"Other exceptional pieces included "Three Duets for Virgin and Nosehorn", about how a certain one-horned creature isn't exactly a unicorn but does a bang up job of protecting virginity nonetheless; "The Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of", which isn't strictly a fantasy but explores the dirty laundry of magicians; the hilarious "The Author at the End of Time", where a fantasy world of people with very inaccurate ideas about literature are visited by a man who claims to be their author (and although the introduction to this story warns that anyone who hasn't read Michael Moorcock's work might not get all the jokes, I certainly enjoyed it enough to want to start reading Michael Moorcock), and "Child of an Ancient City", a tragic horror story about an abandoned group of Muslims who encounter a vampire in the forests of medieval Europe.
"Tad Williams' short fiction is written with the beauty of language that he has become known for, but also with the winking sense of humour a youth often shows to a beloved mentor, especially in the pieces he writes in honour of authors who have personally influenced him. For example, "Three Duets" is a tribute to Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn, and "The Author at the End of Time" and "Go Ask Elric" are weighted with Moorcock references."
"As he says in the introduction to this collection, most of his short fiction has been written for anthologies. The stories here are therefore rather varied… Williams introduces each piece, which makes these even more of a treat for his fans."
Fine in fine dj. OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER.