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John DeChancie

Autor/a de Castle Perilous

42+ obres 4,027 Membres 25 Ressenyes 6 preferits

Sobre l'autor

John DeChancie was born on August 3, 1946. He studied philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. After graduation, he worked in public television including as a technical consultant to PBS network shows such as Mister Roger's Neighborhood. After five years in television, he started producing and mostra'n més directing educational films including The Lightning-Rod Man, Birdhouse, and The Commercial Artist. He turned his attention to writing fiction and his first novel, Starrigger, was published in 1984. He has written over two dozen fiction and nonfiction books including Red Limit Freeway, Paradox Alley, Castle Perilous, Other States of Being, and The Little Gray Book of Alien Stories. He received the Golden Headset Award for the audio version of Dr. Dimension in 1997. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

Sèrie

Obres de John DeChancie

Castle Perilous (1988) 561 exemplars
Castle for Rent (1989) 409 exemplars
Castle Kidnapped (1989) 366 exemplars
Castle War! (1990) 329 exemplars
Castle Murders (1991) 290 exemplars
Castle Dreams (1992) 272 exemplars
Starrigger (1983) 246 exemplars
Castle Spellbound (1992) 234 exemplars
Paradox Alley (1987) 194 exemplars
Red Limit Freeway (1657) 179 exemplars
Bride of the Castle (1994) 163 exemplars
Castle Fantastic (1996) — Editor, Contributor — 147 exemplars
The Kruton Interface (1993) 110 exemplars
Magicnet (1993) 101 exemplars
Dr. Dimension (1993) 88 exemplars

Obres associades

Sherlock Holmes in Orbit (1995) — Col·laborador — 245 exemplars
Borderlands 1 (1990) — Col·laborador — 236 exemplars
Superheroes: All-Original Adventures of All-New Heroes (1995) — Col·laborador — 215 exemplars
Whatdunits (1992) — Col·laborador — 98 exemplars
Elf Magic (1997) — Col·laborador — 92 exemplars
Wizard Fantastic (1997) — Col·laborador — 90 exemplars
Alien Pregnant by Elvis (1994) — Col·laborador — 90 exemplars
Spell Fantastic (2000) — Col·laborador — 87 exemplars
Alien Pets (1998) — Col·laborador — 84 exemplars
A Dangerous Magic (1999) — Col·laborador — 83 exemplars
Wheel of Fortune (1995) — Col·laborador — 79 exemplars
Battle Magic (1998) — Col·laborador — 62 exemplars
First Contact (1997) — Col·laborador — 59 exemplars
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories (1996) — Col·laborador — 59 exemplars
Free Space (1997) — Col·laborador — 53 exemplars
I, Alien (1657) — Col·laborador — 41 exemplars
Future Net (1996) — Col·laborador — 37 exemplars
Space Cadets (2006) — Col·laborador — 30 exemplars

Etiquetat

Coneixement comú

Data de naixement
1946-08-03
Gènere
male
Nacionalitat
USA
Lloc de naixement
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Llocs de residència
Southern California, USA
Educació
University of Pittsburgh
Professions
novelist
Premis i honors
Golden Headset Award (1997)

Membres

Ressenyes

This is a collection of 16 short stories that all have a castle of some sort as part of them. There is a good mix of genres: some fantasy, some sci-fi, and a little bit of horror and straight up fiction. This is a great collection with only a few duds. I was really surprised at how many great stories are in this collection.

My breakdown is as follows:

Hall of Mirrors- 2 stars. This story is part of the author's Amber series. I've never read the series, and now I definitely won't. I wasn't a fan of the writing style. Also, the story is incomplete. I'm guessing the conclusion is in one of the Amber novels.

The Garrison- 4 stars. Different and interesting take on first contact.

Castle Collapse-3 stars. Interesting concept, but too short.

Broomworms & Nosewigs- 4 stars. I remember reading this one when this book first came out. Fun story about a guy who starts to see hidden creatures.

Concrete Example-4 stars. A little slow to start. A nice twist at the end. About a woman in an abusive relationship finding her inner strength.

Death Swatch-4 stars. Humorous Beauty & the Beast type story.

Brigbuffoon- 3 stars. An OK love conquers all story.

Give Me Something to Eat-5 stars. Creepy and gross! I loved it.

Gwythurn the Slayer-3 stars. OK story about a woman finding what truly makes her happy.

Collectors-2 stars. Boring and too long.

Getting Real-5 stars. Great story about VR. I would not be surprised if this story inspired Ready Player One.

Merdinus-4 stars. King Arthur time travel story. A bit confusing, but time travel usually is.

Knight Squadron-3 stars. I don't know how I feel about King Athur being a vampire.

Swimming the Moat-2 stars. Mediocre murder mystery.

The Soft Terrible Music-2 stars. Barely has a plot. I think the author just had an idea for an awesome castle.

Held Safe By Moonlight and Vines-4 stars. Sweet story about finding yourself.
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LynnMPK | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jul 1, 2023 |
Book 9 of the Castle Perilous humorous fantasy series which I missed on its release several years ago after a gap of over 20 years since the last one. The castle is of the magical variety and has portals to other worlds. Guests come and go from these worlds but if they stay long enough usually pick up some magical ability. Gene is one-such guest who has yet to manifest any of that but makes up for it by being a more than proficient fighter. He’s got ants in his pants though and is desperate to try his hand at being a pirate. He’s been unable to find a world which would accommodate his desires though so exhorts one of the more capable sorceresses amongst the regular guests to try and invoke one from a picture. The spell is a success but things don’t quite go as planned when mayhem erupts at the castle leaving Gene and Linda trapped in the pirate world.

Going back to an old series can either be risky or can breathe a new life into it. Unfortunately this is the former variety. The first couple of books in the series seemed to give a fresh take on portal fantasy with a few laughs and a sense of adventure along the way. This just seems to be an author returning to a semi-popular title and churning out the same material once again. It’s not a terrible book as it’s at least on a par with the later books in the series but just offers nothing new. All the old regular characters resurface so if you have a hankering to spend more time with them but don’t want to pick up the old stuff then by all means give this a go. Just don’t expect any added bells or whistles.
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AHS-Wolfy | Sep 2, 2022 |
This is a collection of 16 short stories that all have a castle of some sort as part of them. There is a good mix of genres: some fantasy, some sci-fi, and a little bit of horror and straight up fiction. This is a great collection with only a few duds. I was really surprised at how many great stories are in this collection.

My breakdown is as follows:

Hall of Mirrors- 2 stars. This story is part of the author's Amber series. I've never read the series, and now I definitely won't. I wasn't a fan of the writing style. Also, the story is incomplete. I'm guessing the conclusion is in one of the Amber novels.

The Garrison- 4 stars. Different and interesting take on first contact.

Castle Collapse-3 stars. Interesting concept, but too short.

Broomworms & Nosewigs- 4 stars. I remember reading this one when this book first came out. Fun story about a guy who starts to see hidden creatures.

Concrete Example-4 stars. A little slow to start. A nice twist at the end. About a woman in an abusive relationship finding her inner strength.

Death Swatch-4 stars. Humorous Beauty & the Beast type story.

Brigbuffoon- 3 stars. An OK love conquers all story.

Give Me Something to Eat-5 stars. Creepy and gross! I loved it.

Gwythurn the Slayer-3 stars. OK story about a woman finding what truly makes her happy.

Collectors-2 stars. Boring and too long.

Getting Real-5 stars. Great story about VR. I would not be surprised if this story inspired Ready Player One.

Merdinus-4 stars. King Arthur time travel story. A bit confusing, but time travel usually is.

Knight Squadron-3 stars. I don't know how I feel about King Arthur being a vampire.

Swimming the Moat-2 stars. Mediocre murder mystery.

The Soft Terrible Music-2 stars. Barely has a plot. I think the author just had an idea for an awesome castle.

Held Safe By Moonlight and Vines-4 stars. Sweet story about finding yourself.

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LynnK. | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Aug 4, 2020 |
A strange one, I was unfamiliar with Witchblade series or comic books, and so did not know about any of the characters. The novel was interesting enough but tended to go off on a tangent at various times for no apparent reason. It was an abrupt ending also with many of the issues unresolved. Won't remember the book in a month's time, fairly bland. Wouldn't recommend.
 
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mick745 | Apr 8, 2020 |

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Estadístiques

Obres
42
També de
18
Membres
4,027
Popularitat
#6,260
Valoració
½ 3.4
Ressenyes
25
ISBN
90
Llengües
2
Preferit
6

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