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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756404754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756404758
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,553,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Biologist Julie E. Czerneda's science fiction has received international acclaim, awards, and best-selling status. She is the author of the popular "Species Imperative" trilogy, the "Web Shifters" series, the "Trade Pact Universe" trilogy and her new "Stratification" novels. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stand-alone novel, In the Company of Others, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished SF. Julie lives with her husband and two children in the lake country of central Ontario, under skies so clear they could take seeing the Milky Way for granted, but never do.

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A love of reading turned into a love of writing for Julie E. Czerneda. A former biologist, then writer and editor of non-fiction, in 1997 DAW Books published Julie's first sf novel, "A Thousand Words for Stranger" and she hasn't stopped since. Her work has received international acclaim, multiple awards,and best-selling status. You'll find her work in anthologies as well, as she enjoys working with other writers. Julie is a popular speaker, whether on writing, science, or the use of science fiction to promote scientific literacy. Her most recent adventures included being Guest of Honour for the national conventions of New Zealand and Australia, as well as Master of Ceremonies for Anticipation, the Montreal Worldcon (2009).
Julie is currently writing her first fantasy novel, A Turn of Light, to be published by DAW in 2011. (She started by building a scale landscape for Marrowdell, where the story takes place, so you can see she's having great fun with it already!)
For more on Julie's work and upcoming events, please visit www.czerneda.com
Oh, and when not writing or at conventions? Julie and her photographer husband grab their canoe and disappear into the glorious wilderness surrounding their central Ontario home.

Customer Reviews

It is a nice change of pace.
Sassy girl
Too many ideas are introduced all at once, and I was a bit overwhelmed.
John Ottinger III
I really love this anthology and I can't recommend it enough!
Madelyn Pryor

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Ottinger III on May 16, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I like themed anthologies. I like it when and editor takes a topic or notion and collects a series of stories around it. It allows me as a reader to have general background on the tale, and provides for easier reading of short fiction. In Misspelled, Julie E. Czerneda has collected 17 humorous tales about what happens when a spell goes wrong. The collection has some creative tales, as well as several brand new voices who have never been published before. It is an entertaining collection.

Lesley D. Livingston takes the title of the anthology literally and writes a story that is both about a spell going wrong and Freudian slips of the tongue. "Trippingly Off the Tongue" works out well in the end for the protagonist, although its ending is a surprise. Livingston's tale is probably not the one I would have chosen to lead the anthology off with. The plot is a little difficult to follow (it's a bit like trying to listen to that Micro Machines guy back in the early nineties) due to its speedy dialogue. Too many ideas are introduced all at once, and I was a bit overwhelmed.

Kristine Smith writes a tale about preparing a house for sale in "8rms, full bsmt." Some houses just happen to have doors to hell, and that's where wizards come into play. Smith's tale is appropriately humorous in this day of the subprime crisis, but I'm not really sure where the spell goes awry in this tale.

"Eye of the Beholder" by Kevin G. Maclean is a cautionary tale about getting what you ask for. Sometimes, you see, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Maclean has written a fairy tale turned on its head. I can honestly say, I didn't see his ending coming (though I should have).

"Cybermancer" by Janet Elizabeth Chase mixes together the worlds of technology and witchcraft.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Madelyn Pryor VINE VOICE on May 13, 2008
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Misspelled is the latest in the long list of Daw anthologies. Its theme is amusing; basically all the stories are centered around spells that have gone wrong some how. Of course, some of the stories have spells that have actually gone right, but the outcome is not what the caster intended. The result is 17 light and funny stories, with none being too serious or thought provoking. (This was perfect to get me through Senior finals, and it would make an awesome vacation book).

I know many of us have favorite authors, so here is a complete list of authors and stories... **Tripping Off the Tongue by Lesley D Livingston, **8 rms, full bsmt by Kristine Smith ** Eye of the Beholder by Kevin G Maclean **Cybermancer by Janet Elizabeth Chase **Eye of Newt by Marc Mackay **Chafing the Bogey Man by Kristen Britian **A Perfect Circle by Kent Pollard **Reading, Writing, Plagues by Kell Brown **Totally Devoted 2 U by John Zakour **The Mysterious Case of Spell Zero by Rob St. Martin **Crosscut by S.W. Mayse **Bitch Bewitched by Doranna Durgin **The Witch of Westmoreland Avenue by Morgan S Brilliant **A Spell of Quality by Jate Paulk **Demon in the Cupboard by Nathan Azinger **Untrained Melody by Jim C Hines and **Yours for Only $19.99 by Shannan Palma

This is one of the strongest and best Daw anthologies in quite some time. Those of you who are familiar with my Daw reviews know that I usually try to pick out one of two stories that really catch my attention, but as I was going down the list, I was laughing to myself about each one. They all have strength of writing and charm in their plot. I liked them all, honestly, and I can not often say that. I mean, Chafing the Bogey Man is about a golf spell gone so hideously wrong that people's lives are in danger. A golf spell! Brilliant!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elaine C McTyer VINE VOICE on April 15, 2008
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I really enjoyed this book. The tales are short but very good and I loved the premise. Who hasn't wondered what would happen if one ingredient or incantation should be wrong.

These are short not more than a few pages each. But the tales are varied and the outcomes are usually funny. Maybe one or two are not 5 star, but most of them are.

With seventeen stories I won't try to tell you about each one but I will say each one is a jewel. If you like shortstories this one is for you.
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By dragonladyofthelake on February 15, 2014
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Czerneda does some AMAZING collections, like "Fantastic Companions" but this one really did not impress me. The stories were flat and lifeless with only a few that didn't make me cringe and none that stood out. There were a lot of cliches, flat character and not a whole lot of original ideas. Great idea, maybe too limiting to the authors, who seemed like they had all hit writers block. Again, do not rule the editor out due to this collection. She can do way better. But I don't recommend investing in this collection.
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