The Big Lord Dunsany Re-Read

time and the godsI don’t actually know how big it will be, because so far I have me and anyone else who wants to join in. Which means just me.

While prepping for the lecture I gave at the Big Read I started thinking about all of the great Lord Dunsany short stories I’ve enjoyed over the years and realized that there were a couple of collections I’d still only sampled from. I decided it was time to revisit that lyrical master of the fantastic.

I hope some of you will join in. For the next three or four Fridays I’ll be reading through A Dreamer’s Tales, and for the first week I’ll be reading:

  • dreamer's tales“Poltarnees, Beholder of the Ocean”
  • “Blagdaross”
  • “The Madness of Andelsprutz”
  • “Where the Tides Ebb and Flow”
  • “Bethmoora”

If you don’t have a copy and are short on cash, you can join the read-along via project Gutenberg, where you can access this book for free, via this link to A Dreamer’s Tales.

Lord Dunsany’s stories are typically quite short — those five stories take up a little over 30 pages total, so I’m sure you can fit it in over the course of a week.

I’m going to use a very simple rating system. One star if it’s pretty cool and two stars if it’s outstanding, and I’ll probably add a few comments about my reaction to each one as well. Hope to see you here, and I hope you’ll join in. Once we’re through with the book perhaps we can give an overall summation, and if we’re still curious, continue on. I’m saving his first book for last if so, because I recall it being the most challenging to get involved with.

6 Comments on “The Big Lord Dunsany Re-Read

  1. So… We read along, and then we… comment here? Put down our stars? What do we do? I’ve not read a lot of Dunsany! I always liked his name. Doesn’t it sound mysterious and sort of dusty, like a footprint found in the middle of a floor in a boarded up chateau that no one’s seen the interior of in a hundred years, but there are no footprints leading to or from it….

  2. I’ll put up a post next Friday and then we can all weigh in.

    I wanted to keep the scoring pretty simple. Almost all of Dunsany is unique and interesting, especially these short stories, which is why I thought One star would be a particularly striking one and Two stars would mean something truly outstanding, like, say, the famed “The Hoard of the Gibbelins or the lesser-known “The Assignation” or others that we’ll stumble upon as we go.

  3. Dang it, I have three Dunsany collections but only some of those stories.
    I’m missing Poltroon, Beholden to Billy Ocean, The Madness of Brusselsproutz, and Beth Moore.
    But I have Dagblagit and Where the Tides Rock & Roll.
    So I’ll do a little Dunsany reading along with you.

  4. Don’t forget that this is all available through various venues, free, online. Except for the Billy Ocean one, which you might have to find on 8-track.

  5. Anything on Project Gutenberg is also available through the amazon kindle storefront, btw.

    I shall be joining in. I’ve been meaning to hit Dunsany for a while, having only read one collection of his and The King of Elfland’s Daughter.

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