- By Tamora Pierce

Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales

  • Title: Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales
  • Author: Tamora Pierce
  • ISBN: 9780375896897
  • Page: 242
  • Format: ebook
  • Tortall and Other Lands A Collection of Tales Collected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall featuring both previously unknown characters as well as old friends Filling some gaps of time and interest these stori

    Collected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring both previously unknown characters as well as old friends Filling some gaps of time and interest, these stories, some of which have been published before, will lead Tammy s fans, and new readers into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy.From the HardcoverCollected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring both previously unknown characters as well as old friends Filling some gaps of time and interest, these stories, some of which have been published before, will lead Tammy s fans, and new readers into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. So what's the protocol if you're reviewing a book, and you're married to the writer? Should I not review or rate at all since, well, I'm not about to give any of Tammy's book less than five stars, am I? I do live with her, after all - and I have to sleepsometime. :o :o :oEDITED TO ADD: Seriously, is it okay for me to review a book Tammy's written or not?

    2. If you're new to Tortall, this book contains huge spoilers for the Immortals series and the Trickster duology, so you probably want to read those first. Tortall veterans, though, should love this book. It continues the stories of some familiar characters and creatures, and introduces others for the first time. I'm going to review each story on its own.Student of Ostriches: Tammy takes a character who was mentioned ONCE in Lioness Rampant and gives her a complete and awesome backstory. I won't sp [...]

    3. This is a book I would have loved as a girl growing up. I have this feeling I would have eagerly read every book by this author I could have gotten my hands on. As an adult, my feelings aren't that different. She understands the magic and awe inherent in fantasy. I'll definitely be reading more by Tamora Pierce.Reviewed for Bitten by Books. bittenbybooks.

    4. This was just a great compilation of stories. I have never read any of her other books, so this was a great primer, in my opinion. I can't wait to read more of her stories.She has such great female characters, imo.

    5. Though I absolutely adore Tamora Pierce, and her Lioness books (actually, all her books) defined my childhood, I was less thrilled with this short story collection. I enjoyed it, yes. Newcomers to her work would not do well to start here, as most of the stories require knowledge of not only her worlds but also the characters, and characters stories, in order to really appreciate these tales. For example, one of my favourites in the collection is from the point of view of Kitten, Daine's dragon. [...]

    6. This is a nice collection of short stories; Pierce knows her trade and her audience.Six of the twelve tales occur in the Tortall world Pierce is so well known for. These give further voice to some of the side characters whose point of views haven't previously made it onto the page. The other stories are not placed in one of Pierce's standard worlds, and one isn't speculative fiction, though it's still a good read. "Huntress", a contemporary urban fantasy tale is something of a stand-out in the c [...]

    7. While I did enjoy some of the stories, I honestly think this book isn't necessary to read at all. Barely any of the characters that we've been introduced to were actually the main focus of the short stories. And the ones that were, welley were okay. Nawat's story was just weird and kind of worryingke I'm seriously concerned for Aly and Nawat's relationship in the future. And the one about Kitten was nice, but confusing cause it was hard to picture. I found the second and third short stories to b [...]

    8. I'm not really a fan of short stories. However, Pierce can turn out good short stories as well as longer fiction. As usual with a collection, some resonate more than others. "Mimic" was definitely a favorite. "Testing" also attracted me, although the two stories are completely different. The stories from the Lioness world were of course, fun to read. Lost was another that resonated with me, and perhaps shows Pierce's feminism the most obviously. I deliberately did not read the introduction to th [...]

    9. An interesting point -- Pierce's feminist POV really pops from the pages in these shorter stories. Most of all in a pair in which she is grappling with a fantasy-version of Islamic culture. But knowing her agenda hardly hurts the narrative, or her ulterior cause. I like the way her back-to-back protagonists played off each other. In fact, that was an aspect of this collection I was surprised to like. I *knew* I would enjoy stories like "Nawat," which explores the post-happily-ever-after for the [...]

    10. Tortall and Other Lands was written undoubtedly for those of us who cannot get enough of Pierce’s writing. This book contains interesting stories, many of which add depth and solve some minor questions that are formed when reading any of Pierce’s series that were set in the land of Tortall. For example, previously, Numair, a great and powerful mage, turned an enemy into a tree, which is a dangerous feat and will have consequences, but it is left unsaid what these consequences were. In Tortal [...]

    11. Here's what Tamora Pierce does well: Girl-power YA fantasy (with significant improvement in quality the more she writes). Also, she's pretty good with animals--you can tell she's lived with dogs & cats and really gets them.Here's what these short stories are: Girl-power YA fantasy, occasionally with animals thrown in. This is a win.I'm not usually a fan of short stories; I find them distracting, poorly fleshed out, & not rich enough to leave any scope for the imagination. I was pleased t [...]

    12. Tamora Pierce has been entertaining teens for years, especially those who are female. Most of her books have avery strong feminine main character who struggles through the world of men to show that they are just as good as any male. Tortall and Other Lands : A Collection of Tales, doesn't focus on any particular character as it plays with many different characters in its many short stories. Many of the main characters are still female, but that is not the purpose of these stories, these stories [...]

    13. Half of these 11 stories take place in or near Tortall, the kingdom that fans of Pierce have come to know well, but four of them are non-Tortall fantasies and one of them is not a fantasy at all. Strange to say, but though I have read both Beka Cooper books, all four of the Protector of the Small quartet, the Circle of Magic quartet, AND the Circle Opens quartet, I have never read either the Immortals or Song of the Lioness quartets. Weird, huh? However, it does put me in a good position to tell [...]

    14. Guys, this is Tamora Pierce. Tammy Pierce could write a blender manual and I would read it and love it.Tortall and Other Lands is what it says--a collection of tales, though more emphasis on the "Other Lands" than the Tortall. Say what you like about Tammy Pierce's worldbuilding, I think she does a good thing by incorporating non-European medieval culture into her own fictional countries. The majority of stories take place outside of Tortall--whether that's the Copper Isles (really, Indonesia), [...]

    15. Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales is a selection of ten short stories from Tamora Pierce. This young adult collection puts Pierce's ability to draw the reader into the lives of her characters on display perfectly. Pierce consistently writes compelling tales for children and young adults that make the readers really care about the characters and the bigger picture of the world that they live in. While eight of the stories in this book are fantasy, taking place in Tortall and surround [...]

    16. So, this collection was mixed for me.The contemporary tales didn't work for me. I needed more from them, more characterization, more complexity.I had a real hard time with the tales that were clearly a critique of veils; this issue is really complex and it is troubling to take it on so simplistically from a western point of view. I had a similar issue with "Time of Proving".I enjoyed the story "The Dragon's Tale" very much, and loved the way it took me back to characters I have great affection f [...]

    17. Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Talesis just that.Old friends and new; short stories that have appeared in other anthologies, as well as new stories appearing for the first time in print.As the title of the collection implies, not all of the stories take place in Tortall, nor are all of the characters you will meet within these pages familiar ones for readers of her novels.What is unusual in this collection is that unlike most anthologies, the stories come first. The authors comments th [...]

    18. I was unequivocably delighted with this book. Normally I'm less impressed by short story collections, if only because for most of my favourite authors I've usually read a couple before. For this, however, all of the stories were new to me.It was increasingly clear with this book just how much Tamora Pierce has grown as a writer since the Alanna quartet, and how increasingly aware her writing is of both feminism and social justice issues in general.I flailed in real life at the story of the man w [...]

    19. I'm so incredibly biased towards Tamora Pierce's work in general - and her Tortall books in particular - that I almost feel like writing this review is disingenuous. I am not the world's most reliable source here, especially because one of the stories contained both a) dragons and b) Numair Salmalin.I mean, come on. There's really no question of how I'm gonna react to that, instead of a coherent whole-book review, I'm just going to run through the stories quickly and jot down my thoughts.1. Stud [...]

    20. A great collection of stories from one of my long time favorite authors. I particularly enjoyed the story of Nawat learning how to raise human children and the autobiographical story from Tamora Pierce at the end.

    21. Any Tammy fan should read this book. It's an amazing mix of nostalgia with old friends and exciting new settings.

    22. Allison FreemanAPA Citation:Pierce, T. (2011). Tortall and other lands: A collection of tales. New York: Random House.Genre: Short StoryFormat: PrintSelection Process: Baker, D. F. (2012). Tortall and other lands: A collection of tales. Horn Book Magazine, 87(2), 122-123.Review:Many of the stories in this collection have been published in other works but Tamora Pierce includes eight previously published tales and three written specifically for this collection. Kylaia is the narrator of the first [...]

    23. Tortall and Other Lands is a collection of short stories by the wonderful and inspiring Tamora Pierce. It features stories with new characters and many with our favorite old characters. Most of the stories are set in the Tortall universe, a place all Pierce fans know very well, but there are also 5 stories not set in Tortall, they take place in a variety of other locations (some real and some fantasy). Since there was such a fantastic mixture of stories I wrote a separate review for each one.Stu [...]

    24. Tamora Pierce is best-known for her YA fantasy novels set in the land of Tortall, and all but two of these stories (the other two being modern-day tales) take place there. Fans of hers will devour this in a snap, but you don't have to be familiar with her work to enjoy them.For this review, though, we're operating on the assumption you're familiar with Pierce's work. The majority of the stories are, for the reader, going to be great fun--the backstory (or side story) that you didn't you you want [...]

    25. From my blog: (\__/)nymfauxI just about inhaled the stories all at once—but with the short story format it’s easy to read a few stories, and then pick it up again later on if you need to.Eleven stories are included, in all—And as for picking a favorite—I won’t even try.—Ok, I tried, but I totally can’t, so here are all the things I love:I LOVE Kylaia, in Student of Ostriches, learning different fighting and defense techniques by watching how different animals interact, while she’ [...]

    26. This book contains a variety of stories ranging from the fantasy world of Tortall to modern day America. Student of Ostriches introduces you to Kylaia, a character briefly referenced in the Song of the Lioness quartet. This story was about strength, courage, and observation. I liked the Africa feel of it as well as the story.Elder Brother was one of my favorites in this collection. After reading Wolfspeaker (Book 2 in the Immortals quartet), I really wanted to know what happened to the poor tree [...]

    27. My son had read the first story "Student of Ostriches," for school & I quite enjoyed it, with its strong female character. "Elder Brother" had an interesting concept of a tree becoming a man and not having the preconceptions that humans grow up with. "Hidden Girl" has some interesting ideas concerning the power some women find in being hidden (value from family versus looks) or untrackable. "Without reading, we are all without light in the dark, without fire in the cold." Though, the story e [...]

    28. I'm really loving these in-between stories. I am rereading her Tortall series again though. I'm ashamed to say that I had forgotten a good deal of what I had read. A lot of these stories are about secondary characters from Pierce's other series.Student of Ostriches follows the story of a girl named Kylaia who at a young age learns to heard her family's animals. In her free time she trains herself to fight like the animals, especially the ostriches.Elder Brother is about Qiom, a tree turned into [...]

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