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Battle Magic Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1998

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Martin H. Greenberg���was honored in 1995 by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and���is the president of TEKNO books.���He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Sorcerers and wizards duke it out in this anthology of fantasy stories narrated by a fair share of talented readers. In "Ten For The Devil" a young girl finds that playing her violin can sometimes open "doors" between worlds. Christopher Graybill gives a superb narration with character differentiation that is both colorful and alive. "Principles of Warfare" pits sorcerers against samurais in this tale of medieval Japan as a young apprentice learns to be a sorcerer, the hard way. David Elias delivers a dynamic reading with impeccable timing and a mesmerizing voice. Both Graybill and Elias are remarkable readers. S.B.P. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; a edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886778204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886778200
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,357,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 18, 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
Battle Magic is a superbly produced audiobook anthology of outstanding fantasy with each short story taking up the concept of magic as a weapon of combat between individuals, between armies, and between kingdoms. Each story, drawn from some of the best and most innovative writers in fantasy today, are aptly read by their individual narrators and conjure up worlds of dark enchantments, single champions against overwhelming odds, and powerful wizards locked in deadly conflict. The stories in this superbly produced, highly recommended, nine hour, unabridged, six cassette collection include Warlord; Hell's Bane; The Miracle of Salamis; The Jewel and the Demon; Alaric's Gift; The Fatal Wager; Ten for the Devil; Battle Magic For Morons; A Matter of Honor; Principles of Warfare; and The Strangeness of the Day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marymuse VINE VOICE on February 25, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really love the anthologies edited by Martin H. Greenberg. Generally, while one or two of the stories might not be my cup of tea, I find the rest of them enjoyable reading. Sadly, for this volume, none of the stories really caught my attention. Perahps it was the narrow focus - Magic on the battle field. But I sensed the breadth and depth of the stories. Ladykiller by Rosemary Edgehill was a pleasant read, though quite obvious from the start. Alarc's Gift by Mickey Z. Reichert seemed well-developed enough but ended on a rather bland note. Perhaps it was that all the stories individually had their merits, but in the form in which they were put together it highlighted their flaws?

Or maybe, it's like the old line that ends a relationship - "It's not you. It's me."

Either way, while I love the authors included in the anthology, such as the above mentioned Mickey Z. Reichert and Rosemary Edgehill, I'm afraid this collection doesn't do them justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Media Man VINE VOICE on July 6, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well in this case I can clearly say that the cover has absolutely nothing to do with the book. I constantly struggled just to finish this compilation. Nearly all of the stories were bland and uninspired. I found two interesting enough where I might have continued reading a further story if available. One of them being the "Girlslayer" story. I found the premise rather original. The other was "The Jewel and the Demon." I very rarely toss books out of my collection but this one went straight to donation.
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As a collector of anthologies such as this one I've picked up a LOT of them over the years. I can honestly say that while I enjoyed some of these in many ways the artwork on the cover is the best part.

There are a total of fifteen stories here and so through sheer odds you'll find some you like and some you don't. For me there were more that I skipped than there usually are--while the premise of the collection is a great one the stories that were selected didn't always live up to that promise. There just weren't ANY that really stood out for me. There are certainly some neat ideas here--I rather liked the premise behind "The Jewel and the Demon" for example--but even it seemed a bit short and I didn't feel the characters were well developed. Certainly the suggestion made by the cover art--of great armies of Wizardry battling each other--isn't approached at all.

I enjoyed the book well enough but it's more or less immediatley forgettable once it goes back onto the shelf. You won't regret getting it and maybe you'll like it more than I, but if pressed I'd only recommend it for die-hard fantasy anthology collectors.
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