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Never-before-published stories by 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. Gone are the cartoon images of wizened gray-haired men in pointy caps creating magic with a wave of their wands. 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. In Neil Gaiman's "The Witch's Headstone," a piece taken from his much-anticipated novel in progress, an eight-year-old boy learns the power of kindness from a long-dead sorceress. Only one woman possesses two kinds of magic-enough to unite two kingdoms-in Garth Nix's "Holly and Iron." Patricia A. McKillip's "Naming Day" gives a sorcery student a lesson in breaking the rules. And a famished dove spins a tale worthy of a meal, but perhaps not the truth, in "A Fowl Tale" by Eoin Colfer.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780425215180
Characteristics: x, 400 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dann, Jack
Dozois, Gardner R.


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Aug 12, 2012

A wonderful collection of great authors and intricately told stories. Opens up a world of possibilities for individuals I've never read before.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 23, 2012

I'm a fan of short stories, I think they are largely a forgotten but powerful medium, and this collection of short stories I enjoyed fairly well. If you like short stories you'll find a few in here that appeal to you.

There is good variety, and some very interesting takes on ideas and classic stories here. There are a couple of short stories not worth the paper they were printed on in this collection, but there is much more good than bad. Stories that are clever, others that are simply pleasurable, and others that make you think. Well balanced, the few failures notwithstanding.

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