The Book Of Magic
A Collection of Stories
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Edited by Gardner Dozois
Publisher: Bantam Press
Release Date: October 16, 2018
I probably say this each and every time, but I really do love anthologies! Where else can you get a load of different authors in one place for one great price, you know? In The Book Of Magic, you get everything you expect and more! Assembling 17 great authors in one place is a difficult job but this book, with a lot of help from editor Gardner Dozois, does just that.
You’ll get well known writers that almost all of us have heard of and maybe even a few that you have yet to discover! I have sort of jumped around in the book and cherry-picked the stories, but I have not yet been disappointed. The range of topics is about as varied as you can get, from spirits coming back from the dead as wild forest creatures to witty stories about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But a common thread seems to be that magic is not always the best way to solve something, and oftentimes can cause as much harm as good. For not all practitioners are quick to use it, regardless of the favors asked or difficult situation.
Just in time for Halloween, this collection truly puts you in the spirit of this sometimes scary, oftentimes fantastic, holiday. I have been reading a story every couple of days in between the other books that I am digging into this month. This compilation is a treat for any who love a good fantasy tale; I wholeheartedly recommend this for a fun bedtime read! It has over two weeks of stories to help tuck you in each night. Enjoy!
Sidenote: So far my favorite story is the one that involves the Devil’s son-in-law, it is hilarious and has quite the Southern spin to it!
Hot on the heels of Gardner Dozoisâ€™s acclaimed anthology The Book of Swords comes this companion volume devoted to magic. How could it be otherwise? For every Frodo, there is a Gandalf … and a Saruman. For every Dorothy, a Glinda . . . and a Wicked Witch of the West. What would Harry Potter be without Albus Dumbledore . . . and Severus Snape? Figures of wisdom and power, possessing arcane, often forbidden knowledge, wizards and sorcerers are shapedâ€”or misshapedâ€”by the potent magic they seek to wield. Yet though their abilities may be godlike, these men and women remain humanâ€”some might say all too human. Such is their curse. And their glory.
In these pages, seventeen of todayâ€™s top fantasy writersâ€”including award-winners Elizabeth Bear, John Crowley, Kate Elliott, K. J. Parker, Tim Powers, and Liz Williamsâ€”cast wondrous spells that thrillingly evoke the mysterious, awesome, and at times downright terrifying worlds where magic reigns supreme: worlds as far away as forever, and as near as next door.
FEATURING SIXTEEN ALL-NEW STORIES:
â€œThe Return of the Pigâ€ by K. J. Parker
â€œCommunity Serviceâ€ by Megan Lindholm
â€œFlint and Mirrorâ€ by John Crowley
â€œThe Friends of Masquelayne the Incomparableâ€ by Matthew Hughes
â€œThe Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror: Chapter Two: Jumping Jack in Loveâ€ by Ysabeau S. Wilce
â€œSong of Fireâ€ by Rachel Pollack
â€œLoft the Sorcererâ€ by Eleanor Arnason
â€œThe Governoerâ€ by Tim Powers
â€œSungrazerâ€ by Liz Williams
â€œThe Staff in the Stoneâ€ by Garth Nix
â€œNo Work of Mineâ€ by Elizabeth Bear
â€œWidow Makerâ€ by Lavie Tidhar
â€œThe Wolf and the Manticoreâ€ by Greg Van Eekhout
â€œThe Devilâ€™s Whateverâ€ by Andy Duncan
â€œBloomâ€ by Kate Elliott
â€œThe Fall and Rise of the House of the Wizard Malkurilâ€ by Scott Lynch
Plus George R. R. Martinâ€™s classic story â€œA Night at the Tarn Houseâ€ and an introduction by Gardner Dozois