Rogues by Various (Edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois) ★★★☆☆
Rogues is an anthology of short stories written by a huge variety of authors, including well known names such as Neil Gaiman and Gillian Flynn. The theme that binds these all together is that they focus on ‘rogueish’ characters. Those characters who are morally ambiguous, or in most cases all out morally wrong, and yet we are rooting for them and following their story.
Something that was really interesting with this collection is the wide range of genres covered. We have fantasy, historical, contemporary and every mixture of these. This makes it a great way to try out a range of genres as well as new authors.
As with most anthologies, this was a mixed bag leading to the 3 star average rating. There was some which I really loved (and I’ve found some new authors I’d like to try out) but there were also some stories which I couldn’t finish.
I won’t go into detail about all the stories (there’s 21 in total), but here are some of my favourites:
Tough Times All Over by Joe Abercrombie – This story followed a stolen object as it passes through the hands of multiple thieves. It was quick paced and I loved it.
Tawny Petticoat by Michael Swanwick – Part zombie story, part con!
A Cargo of Ivories by Garth Nix – From the Author of the hugely popular Sabriel novel (and the Abhorsen series), this followed a knight, a puppet and a thief. It was a lot of fun.
The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives by Lisa Tuttle – A very Sherlock Holmes esq. story, written really well.
How the Marquis Got His Coat Back by Neil Gaiman – This is a novella following the Marquis De Carabas from Neverwhere. As my favourite book by one of my favourite authors I was pretty much guaranteed to enjoy this! If you’re a Neverwhere fan but you’re not interested in this anthology this has been published on its own.
There was one story I didn’t try. The Lightning Tree by Patrick Rothfuss is part of the same world as The Name of the Wind which I really want to read. So I avoided this story in case of spoilers