Not every collection has to be earth-shattering. Not every story has to be a mind-blower. Sometimes it’s nice to have something that’s just amusing and easy to read and straightforward, without challenge or morally fraught situations. And that’s where The Very Best of Tad Williams comes in, because that’s precisely where it slots in along the speculative fiction spectrum. Split between shaggy dog stories and Outer Limits-style“Gotcha!”s, the collection speeds along smoothly and without too many hiccups.
[M]any of the pieces here are, if not memorable, enjoyable, and the one-two punch of “Vergalant” and “Ministers of Grace” will provide food for thought long after the taste of the other stories has faded.
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Cover by Kerem Beyit.
Design by Elizabeth Story.