I haven’t read many anthologies, but I think it’s safe to say that there will always be some stories you really like, some you hate, and the rest falling somewhere in between. Rogues was no exception. I’ll focus on the ones that stood out for me:
☆ The Rogue Prince, or, a King’s Brother – George R. R. Martin
I had high hopes for this story. After all the front cover has in big bold letters that this will be a new Game of Thrones Story by Martin who was one of the anthology’s editors. It was by far my least favorite story. In fact I gave it only 1 star. It was supposed to be written by a scribe entailing events past, but it read like the world’s most boring history lesson. Having read this story first I wasn’t hopeful of the rest of the anthology.
☆☆☆☆☆ Now Showing – Connie Willis
I’ve filed this under fantasy, because most of these stories are fantasy. Now Showing was one of the exceptions. Instead it is set in the very near future where people mindlessly seek entertainment. So maybe not set in the future after all. There is a large scale corporate scheme, an intelligent heroine, plastic friends, and an ex-boyfriend. More than anything this was a romance story. My attempt to describe Now Showing falls flat on its face, but it was a joy to read. I can’t wait to read more from her!
☆☆☆☆ How the Marquis Got His Coat Back – Neil Gaiman
This is a story set in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere universe. It focuses on the most interesting character in that book – the Marquis. I loved seeing more about the world of Neverwhere, and the Marquis. You can never go wrong reading Gaiman.
☆☆☆☆ The Lightning Tree – Patrick Rothfuss
This is a story about Bast from The Kingkiller Chronicle series. He’s one of my favorite characters in the series, and I was happy to get a look into his daily life. I’m really hoping to learn a lot more about Bast in the, eventual, final book. I don’t think you’d need to have read the books to enjoy it, but it helps.
☆☆☆☆ A Year and a Day in Old Theradane – Scott Lynch
I’ve heard that Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series is a must read, but I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. After reading this it’s on my short list. I loved the magic, characters, and world. Goodreads tells me this story isn’t actually connected to the series, but that the flavor is very much the same.
There were many other stories I enjoyed reading, and some that weren’t my thing. For the sake of brevity I have only mentioned my favorites. And that horrible story by Martin. If not for that I would have rated Rogues higher. Taken as a whole I would recommend this anthology if you like fantasy.
My Rating: ☆☆☆