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But it was worth reading again. A female Robin Hood in an alternate-history "Ingland" is shaken when her poor tactics lead to her sister's death. Will she be able to find a way to unite a divided country? I might have to try some catching up! This story is a teen sci-fi piece, about how a young girl's synaesthesia turns out to be a lifesaver, when the new school principal turns out to be a villain from another world. I only have a few more books by her to read, and I've sort of been saving them, since I know no more are coming Here, she tells the tale of a fairy-tale marriage between Pure good and Pure evil.
Amusing tale of a greedy parrot who shows up at court with a tale to tell Soon, it is discovered that some who touch the disabled man's hands have their heart's desire magically granted. Soon, the needy flock to the town in hopes of having their wishes granted. But with greater exposure comes the revelation that the village's miracle man is or was actually one of the most powerful, dangerous, and evil wizards around.
Is there some trick here? A well-crafted and thought-provoking tale. Patricia A. But her mother has a lesson about values to teach her daughter. Hand is really good at short stories, and this in no exception. This was probably my favorite in the book When a developer starts destroying ancient trees, something must be done Basically, a girl runs away from working in a sideshow, ends up living in a witch's house full of ghosts, and meets the devil Peter S. This story is redolent of ancient myth, as it tells the story of what a woman must do to escape an evil wizard's unwanted advances.
Not Kress' best, but not bad. Should every monster be killed? But by night he is a powerful wizard, who travels the world, dispensing advice and magical boons amid glittering courts, and doing good deeds for the needy. Kind of a retelling of the Biblical tale that Jesus may be disguised as any lowly beggar Not my favorite, but I can see why others would like it.
This Arthurian tale verges toward the latter, but there are still some lovely aspects to it. View 2 comments. May 24, Vicky rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy. Fantasy stories ignite the imagination in ways that realistic fiction can not. Characters are larger than life. Conflicts mean life and death — often for an entire race or culture. In this collection, editors Dann and Dozois, have collected unpublished short stories from a variety of well-known fantasy authors. Each story is about a wizard, but rarely do they appear in the pointed hat and starry cape like the one on the cover of the book : Orson Scott Card introduces us to the mages of the eleme Fantasy stories ignite the imagination in ways that realistic fiction can not.
Each story is about a wizard, but rarely do they appear in the pointed hat and starry cape like the one on the cover of the book : Orson Scott Card introduces us to the mages of the elements, who draw their power and their forms from nature. Mary Rosenblum creates a magical world of colorful auras and a mysterious villain, threatened with oblivion by the real mask they wear. Terry Dowling takes us to a special school, where students make choices that affect not only their own magical power and abilities, but those around them as well.
Journey through hell and talk to the devil with stories from Andy Duncan and from Terry Bisson. There is no way to give proper accolades to every story and author represented in this book. Pick up the book and choose one of the excellently crafted stories to embark on a magical mini-vacation today! There are 18 destinations to choose from; a little something to suit every fantasy reader. Apr 01, Tish rated it liked it. I only read about half of this book, so my rating is only based on that much of it, plus my impression of the book as a whole.
This seemed like a great collection of short stories by some excellent authors, some of whom I have read, others new to me. The problem is that I really don't like short stories. They are too short! I like to really sink my teeth into a book and short stories are just over far too soon for m I only read about half of this book, so my rating is only based on that much of it, plus my impression of the book as a whole. I like to really sink my teeth into a book and short stories are just over far too soon for my liking. So if you like short stories, this book is highly recommended.
View 1 comment. Shelves: 1print , short-stories. Some of the stories I really loved, some I liked and some I found pointless. Some of them had a deeper meaning that touched me deeply and some of them were adventurous and just fun to read. Overall, I consider this book a very nice collection of short stories. It reminded me of how exciting fantasy books are, which I hadn't read for years. I am going to write something about each one of them, so if you don't feel like reading, just go on to the next review! Really well written and it made me feel I was there.
He manages to create a really nice atmosphere. I really don't think that if you read it you can resist The Graveyard Book. I liked it a lot, but it was not my kind of story. Meaning that I am not the person who will read a whole book on this particular theme. I liked the characters a lot, and the way they were described. A story worth reading. Nice, moving ending. But it was enough as it was. As soon as I finished it I felt the urge of reading more about it, about that world and about Svnae's life. I really liked the deeper meaning of this one. A story that got me thinking.
Also, the story that got me searching more of Kage Baker remember, I am a fantasy rookie. Easy read and very imaginable. But not something I would read again. It didn't catch my attention. I finished it just because I can't leave a book with a part unfinished. Really caught my attention, light writing and light reading. A perfect short story. Really liked the characters, the setting, it was all easy to imagine. And I also liked what it really meant. And I loved Winter's wife, the person! It reminded me of strangely dark movies with puppets and strings and fake smiles and lots of red backround.
A story I won't miss. Maybe because of some reviews that listed it as one of the best and my sister that kept asking me if I read it yet, with excitement and sparks all over her eyes. Don't get me wrong, it was a really nice story, moving and all, but not my favorite of this selection. Something between "About a boy" and "Harry Potter". I would love to read more about the battle of the good ones and the "Other Side". I love the fact that it's connected to the real world.
I would definitely read more. I didn't like that one. Couldn't imagine the characters, nor the settings. It wasn't interesting for me at all. Full of wisdom and kindness. It reminds us of the goodness and generosity hidden in all of us. I really enjoyed reading it, I would read it again and I surely recommend it. It just left me with the impression that the author was asked to write a story for this collection and he remembered it an hour before the deadline and came up with this.
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It really discouraged me on finding out more about Terry Bisson. Didn't find a serious meaning to it. It was a nice read though. But just for once. I can't say that I didn't enjoy it. But it was one of the stories that just couldn't get me hooked and I left it every two pages and got back to it again later. I loved the fact that Merlin is involved and all the time traveling was interesting, but that's all. It reminded me of "The perfume" by Patrick Suskind. After that, it got really interesting, but it was kinda like reading two different stories. I liked how it envolved nature's elements.
It was nice overall. Jul 29, Wendy rated it it was ok. Nineteen authors come together to form a collection of stories filled with wizards, and magical worlds in both ancient and modern times. The anthology kicks off with Neil Gaiman's "The Witch's Headstone" staring Bod, a boy being raised in a cemetery and ends with "Stonefather" by Orson Scott Card about a boy born in poverty with nothing but his abilities to survive in a hostile world.
The main theme is, of course, wizards and how in every age and culture there seems to be different or maybe not Nineteen authors come together to form a collection of stories filled with wizards, and magical worlds in both ancient and modern times. The main theme is, of course, wizards and how in every age and culture there seems to be different or maybe not that different, after all versions of them, whether they're evil or good - and sometimes both. I had a really hard time reading this book, it just seemed like the same thing over and over again and after a while, I was terrible bored.
I think they overdid it with nineteen so-so stories when several strong ones would have made this anthology a lot better. There were a few stories that I really liked, like Garth Nix's "Holly and Iron" about two princesses trying to take their home back and Patricia A. McKillip's "Naming Day" which was a lovely story about a young witch learning what's important in life.
There were a few really interesting ones and I felt those were the ones that truly seemed magical to me. Some of the stories seemed superficial and just a filler for the book, there didn't seemed to be any point to them. Unfortunately, the overall theme seemed very cheesy to me and mediocre at best. I thought this book had the potential of being well, magical, but I was really disappointed. This book was crazily difficult to find in the goodreads system. Too many books named Dark Alchemy, and apparently not linked up well to any of the authors.
But we found it by ISBN so it does exist, and a thousand other people found it too. I liked a few of these stories, some of them I'd read before as they're excerpts from longer works. But the new author I liked was Kage Baker. I'm not sure I'd choose to read a long story in that style but as a short story about wizards it was pretty adorable. Mostly I really need to stop picking up short stories. I feel at the end of it like I've run a marathon, where nothing was particularly bad, nothing long enough to be satisfying, and I feel like I've read 12 books and need a holiday.
Dec 30, Felicia rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , short-stories. A few were a little simplistic and young-adultish in tone, but still enjoyable. Very enjoyable! Mar 14, Matt Braymiller rated it really liked it. I enjoy short story anthologies, and this one was no exception. I'm mentioned before that anthologies are always a mixed bag. Some of the stories really appeal, and others fall flat.
It is a matter of taste. Standouts for me in this collection: Neil Gaiman - The Witch's Headstone - Nice little tale of risk and reward and doing the right thing. Mary Rosenblum - I enjoy short story anthologies, and this one was no exception. Mary Rosenblum - Color Vision - I really liked the ability of the protagonist. It was unlike anything I've read. Tad Williams - The Stranger's Hands - If I were to pick my three favorite stories in the book, this would be one of them. If you could be granted your heart's desire, would you be willing to pay the price?
Tanith Lee - Zinder - The final of the three, and probably my favorite. There is more to this town outcast and pariah than his outward appearance shows. A good reminder to not to judge by appearances. Apr 12, PurplyCookie rated it really liked it Shelves: mythic-fiction , short-stories , fantasy. This anthology contains never-before-published stories by masters of fantasy: Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer, Garth Nix, and a magical lineup of writers.
Throughout the ages, the wizard has claimed a spot in human culture — from the shadowy spiritual leaders of early man to precocious characters in blockbuster films. Today's wizards are more subtle in their powers, more discerning in their ways, and-in the hands of modern fantasists — more likely than ever to capture readers' imaginations. He asks the question whether people who take their own lives become happier afterwards. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. Running away from one's destiny is futile if it meant the unification of all. Slightly reminiscent of the Arthurian legend of the sword-in-the-stone.
How would you move about in the world? A promising story but tended to get confusing towards at the end, with too many elements thrown in the mix. I wish that the author would make a novel out of this story of Svnae--of her various adventures and exploits. Had a fantastic time reading it.
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What'll happen to him when he's found out? Enjoyable short story on all accounts. A shade too religious for my taste; containing quite a narrative of the Holocaust and the Jewish Diaspora. What if you yourself have no idea of your true Heart's desire, would you risk it anyways? Not to my liking due to all the peppering of expletives and the abruptness of its ending. The story gets to be long-winded in its pacing so it might prove to be boring to some. I love Zinder--of the possibilities that are present with what he already possesses and of his conscious decision to use them for the good and never expecting anything in exchange.
I never thought that there was a difference at first. Better pick carefully if you can only perform one magical act your entire life as a magikker. Now, if it were me, I'd definitely be the predictable type. Take care of what you are prepared to sacrifice--it may lead to a broken heart. A collection of short stories is always a convenient and favoured medium for me.
Especially when it has contributions from various authors, like this book. All the stories are equally gripping and intriguing. They are suitable for readers across all ages. Moreover, they all are basically hope-giving stories, even if the title gives the impression of darkness or dismail mood. I enjoyed all the stories.
Full of magic, hope and charm, this book is worth every last penny spent. Nov 25, Tim Hicks rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. Good variety, quality authors. This is one of those books that I bought ages and ages ago that just lurked on my TBR pile, making me feel awfully guilty for years. I'd thought, at the time of purchase, that this collection was for adults, and indeed there was no indication on the cover that this is a YA read, but there you have it. This is YA fantasy. Not that I'm complaining, because the stories were of a consistently high quality.
I admit there is only one reason that I purchased the anthology, and that was because of Neil G This is one of those books that I bought ages and ages ago that just lurked on my TBR pile, making me feel awfully guilty for years. I admit there is only one reason that I purchased the anthology, and that was because of Neil Gaiman — my reckoning being that any anthology he appears in will be of a sufficiently high standard, and overall, I wasn't wrong in this assumption.
His story, "The Witch's Headstone" is part of the same setting as The Graveyard Book and really is as charming and dark as any typical Gaiman tale. Garth Nix's "Holly and Iron" goes back to the ancient conflict in the British Isles, stock standard fantasy fare and a tale underpinned by the bonds of blood Kage Baker's "The Ruby Incomparable" gave me joy, as it harks back to classic-style storytelling that is conscious of itself within the framework of a god-like storyteller.
A very well developed voice. It was lovely also to see a Peter S Beagle story here — "Barrens Dance" had all the wonderful mythic qualities that are hallmarks of his writing, even if I'll never be certain what exactly a shukri looks like, and maybe that's all right too Of course Tanith Lee's inclusion with the story "Zinder" is a treat.
She deserves far more mainstream recognition for her contribution to the genre over the years. The story itself is surprising, and takes twists and turns that I could not predict. I can see why the editors left that one till almost last. I know folks say that one should separate the art from the artist, but I cannot in good conscience read his work.
Jun 01, David rated it really liked it Shelves: I think my favorite story was 'Stonefather.
However, I just had to read it again, both because I love Gaiman and because, to be honest, I was beginning to miss that Bod Owens. The story begins with Bod short for Nobody Owens investigating the story that a witch is buried outside of the graveyard in which he lives, on the consecrated ground.
For the full details, see The Graveyard Book. When he awakes, he sees the infamous witch, Elizabeth Liza Hempstock, standing over him. He questions her about her life as a witch, how she died, and the fact that all she wants more than anything now is a headstone, something to mark her burial space and, also, her existence. Bod then forms a plan to get Liza the headstone she seeks.
I have a friend who has that exact phrase tattooed on the back of her neck, fun little tidbit , an ancient crypt-monster, Bod heads to a local pawnshop to sell the snakestone. When Bod tells him he found the stone in a graveyard, the man becomes enraptured with greedy thoughts of mountains of treasure and locks Bod up in an office while he calls his business partner.
He mows the grass over her burial site, and leaves the stone carved just how Liza requested it: E. Perhaps the thing I love most about this story, and about Bod in general, is that he really is such a loving boy. Yes, he disobeys his parents. I also think that Bod gives us the chance, as readers, to read a very well written narrative told in the voice of an ordinary child Bod never gets to be older than his early teen years which I think is especially interesting given the fact that Bod is, really, anything but ordinary.
And just love Bod for Bod, which is the best any writer can do, I think — to get a reader to love a character for that character, flaws and all. It's a great example of how different we all are and how we perceive the world regarding some very common topics. Well, a number of fantasy writers were given the same task and same keyword, yet so amazingly different stories formed in their heads and came out as a compilation.
Fantasy and ideas only enriches our world. Great many thanks and a deep bow before you, our modern Masters! Feb 18, Phoenixfalls rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , short-fiction , young-adult , patricia-mckillip , kage-baker , anthology , orson-scott-card , peter-s-beagle , tanith-lee. This was a strong collection of stories, though one definitely aimed at a young adult audience. The introductions to the collection and to each of the authors could have used some help, as they might as well have simply been a listed bibliography, but the authors selected ranged pretty widely across the SF and Fantasy map and very few of the selections were true clunkers.
For me, the highlights were two stories by authors I had never read before: "The Ruby Incomparable," by Kage Baker, was a fu This was a strong collection of stories, though one definitely aimed at a young adult audience. For me, the highlights were two stories by authors I had never read before: "The Ruby Incomparable," by Kage Baker, was a funny, wise little gem of a story, a perfect example of what fantasy short stories should be: just a glimpse, though a fantastic setting, of a truth about human nature.
On the strength of this story I will be picking up some of her novels.
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Beagle who I have always intended to read but have never gotten around to was a beautiful, melancholy love story on multiple levels and will probably stay with me some time. Some of my favorite authors' selections were a little disappointing to me: Patricia McKillip who is always worthwhile simply for the quality of her prose is not as strong at the short story length as she is at novel length, and that showed in her story, though from another author I might have been impressed with her coming-of-age tale; and Orson Scott Card's novella which closed the volume had me involved and invested until the end, when he rushed through a climax that was MUCH too large for the story's length.
The novella apparently is set in the world of his next novel, and I expect the novel will be much more satisfying. Two stories were resonant in a way unusual for this collection: both "A Diorama of the Infernal Regions, or The Devil's Ninth Question" by Andy Duncan and "The Magic Animal" by Gene Wolfe were clearly stories about something important, and I spent some time pondering them, but they left me kind of cold and just a little confused as to what, exactly, their message was.
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But there were surprisingly few stories I really disliked. Aug 02, Wealhtheow rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy. Neil Gaiman's "The Witch's Headstone" is a weird little tale of a boy living in a graveyard, surrounded by ghosts--they are also his teachers and only friends. Terry Dowling's "The Magikkers" tells the story of a school for magic--but unlike other magic schools, each student can only perform one piece of true magic. Will they keep it for themselves? Or "share" it with the headmaster? Creepily enough, the latter choice is the one the author favors.
Orson Scott Card's "Stonefather" might have been a good story I liked the world building except that once again, it's the tale of a young, righteous man who upholds truth, justice and his own personal religion against the thoughtless cruelties of his fellows. Jan 01, Kyle Muntz rated it it was ok. This is mostly a pretty bad anthology. There are a lot of good authors, a lot of them very good at novel-length, and I liked the idea there's something about the traditional wizard and variations on it that resonates with me when I think about it abstractly, I don't know--like it's almost never something I enjoy in real stories but in principle I feel like I like the idea , but hardly any of the stories were any good.
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My favorite in the collection--the Manticore Spell by Jeffrey Ford, which is This is mostly a pretty bad anthology. My favorite in the collection--the Manticore Spell by Jeffrey Ford, which is sort of a masterpiece of fantasy and lyrical surrealism--I'd already been through in another collection, but I liked the stories by Andy Duncan and Peter Beagle even if I didn't love them.
There was a decent story from Tad Williams, and one from Elizabeth Hand that came from a collection I'd read That one started excellent but finished flat for me. The story from Gene Wolfe--probably my favorite author, though I tend not to like his short fiction--was one of his worst, which was pretty disappointing. I read a few others but thought they were completely awful. So yeah: I really liked the idea of this anthology but it wasn't so good.
I can live with that but I wouldn't suggest it to anyone. These two gentlemen have comiled a colletion of short stories about wizards and and other people who do magic. They have collected at the time it was writen nver before published writing samples fro the likes o Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, Jane Yolen ,Eoin Colfer and others. The stories are very enterntaining and enjoyable to read. Stories have such plots as a boy who is raised in a graveyard does a favor for a witch. While out of the graveyard he gets in trouble and the dead witch helps him out.
In H These two gentlemen have comiled a colletion of short stories about wizards and and other people who do magic. One sister dies in battle and the other goes seraching for vengeance. The ending is quite a surprise. SOme of the stores take place in a fantasy world while others occur in different versions of Historical reality. Some stories take place in modern times. A good idea for this book is to take note of the authors you like best and explore their work further, I put this off for a while, as anthologies can be hit-or-miss for me but I ended up liking half of the stories, some of them a lot - which is reasonably rare.
The thing I didn't like about it is that it's one of those anthologies that lists the authors achievements before the story. To me it feels like trying to prove the author's credentials somehow, I prefer to have the story stand by itself and have the author biographies afterwards, or all collected together at the end.
View all 5 comments. I absolutely loved this collection. Aug 17, Jarad Johnson rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , ya , fiction , books Wizards, witches, warlocks, enchanters, have all captivated humanity since the beginning of time, whether they be the mysterious shamans from the time of early man or the fascinating and powerful characters in blockbuster films. In these new stories by some very well-known and prolific authors in the fantasy genre, every point on the spectrum of mages is explored, from Harry Potter-esque stories about children discovering their hidden talents to epic battles between warring wizards.
I enjoyed al Wizards, witches, warlocks, enchanters, have all captivated humanity since the beginning of time, whether they be the mysterious shamans from the time of early man or the fascinating and powerful characters in blockbuster films. I enjoyed almost every story. Usually, I generally avoid short story collections because I find that many of the stories presented would have made better novels, but this was very well done.