- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Baen; Original edition (May 26, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439132747
- ISBN-13: 978-1439132746
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Witch Way to the Mall Mass Market Paperback – May 26, 2009
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The Introduction by Esther M. Friesner provides background on the myths about the suburbs and examples of how witches could change things.
Birdwitching by Harry Turtledove concerns the trials of neighborhood bird watching clubs in an annual contest for the highest bird count in a single day. Tension is high, but then the spells start to fly.
Witch Warrior by Steven Piziks concerns a man witch and Celtic warrior left alone when Baba Yaga comes to take his adopted children.
Nimue and the Mall Nymphs by Lee Martindale involves a seasoned witch who finds three wannabes in the mall trying to hex an ex-boyfriend.
Tacos for Tezcathpoca by Kevin Andrew Murphy describes some unusual events in the life of a teenager who buys a manticore at a yard sale.
The Darren by Hildy Silverman speaks of prejudice and two youngsters who learn tolerance.
The Incident of the Inferno Grill by Sarah A. Hoyt tells of an unemployed woman who finds a job as an assistant to a psychic investigator.
Soot by Dave Freer considers the actions of an ancient Egyptian cat, a Grecian prophetess, a werewolf, and a troll in the warding of a portal from the Fey world.
The House of Lost Dreams by Storm Christopher examines the dreams of a salesman.
Queen of Suburbia by Selina Rosen is about chain emails and the risks of passing them on to friends.
Twice a Year by Esther M. Friesner shows the reaction of a neighborhood witch to an interloper. It involves valentines.Read more ›
Several of these offerings are retro, either in setting or in the slang. "The Darren" by Hildy Silverman is about the dating misadventures of two teen witches at a mundane school, with lots of references to Bewitched. Julia S. Mandala's "Valley Witch" has a semi-villainous mom reliving her glory days at a California high school, to the untellable embarrassment of her son, who only wants to go back to Evil Academy. "Midnight at the Center Court" by David Levine is set in the seventies when open air strip malls were being converted to enclosed showcases. This story also hints at the difficulties faced by kids who don't fit the prevailing gender stereotypes. The 1980s are the setting for "Making Love," by Brenda Clough, about an elderly woman who knits healing spells into the gifts she makes. For readers who remember these decades, the setting cues are very evocative.
Protagonists come in all ages, races, and sizes, so if you come across one that just doesn't appeal to you, skip a few pages - you'll find one to your liking.
One of my favorite stories was "Witch Warrior" by Steven Piziks, because Baba Yaga shows up.Read more ›
The book starts out with the amusing "Birdwitching" by veteran Harry Turtledove about competitive suburban witches. Lee Martindale`s "Nimue and the Mall Nymphs" gives a nod to Buffy (which might appeal to fans of the character Willow) and "The Darren" with its pop culture reference to Bewitched is more about teen angst and ethnic identity. Punny references abound. "Neighbourhood Witch" is really just a shaggy dog story, but a fun one, and in "Soot" told from a familiar cat's POV we meet a "Neandertroll" and learn that Neanderthals and Trolls are the same thing. I especially enjoyed "Witch (which) Warrior" by Steve Piziks, "Queen of Suburbia" for its takes on chain letters and politics, and the poignant "Twice a Year" by anthology editor Esther Freisner.
The humour would also appeal to fans of Terry Pratchet, Neil Gaiman, Piers Anthony or Larry Niven's The Magic Goes Away Collection. I was not familiar with Esther Freisner and I will certainly look up more of her work.
This was a library read but I enjoyed it so much that I`ll be adding it to my purchases next time I need a topper to get free shipping. A book this strong makes it a keeper. Excellent stocking stuffer or small gift to a teenager given that just over half the stories are teen oriented or involve children, suitable for ages 13 and up; some parents might object because sexual references.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
And very different. Not at all what I expected. Suburbia must be a complete puzzlement to witches and their covens. Probably long for the good old daysPublished 1 month ago by Rick Mahoney
A 2009 Anthology from Baen having 21 stories about Witches and witch-kin in suburbia. Urban fantasy step aside - soccer moms with possessed minivans, gingerbread at PTA bake sales,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Erin Penn
This was a really nice collection of short stories. I especially enjoyed the 'Birdwitching' story. As a bird watcher myself it was fun.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very funny collection of short stories. Especially loved the possed bbq pitPublished 16 months ago by Thomas E. Wheat
Short stories are not my forte. The book passes the time and the stories range from ok to pretty good.Published on July 5, 2013 by Michael Lynch
First book I've read by this author. Not quite up to what I was hoping for. I'm a big Myth-XXXX series fan and I was hoping this would be along the same line. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Nom D Plume
Esther Friesner's anthologies never fail to entertain- the selected authors are always witty, their stories and characters are charming, and the worlds they create are immersive... Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by Rune
If you haven't read Chicks In Chain Mail first, do that now. Chicks in Chainmail Go ahead, I'll wait. Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by Trelligan
thought this book was great alot of good short stories in it that also carry over to some of the other books like stripped mauled and fangs for mammaries which is good for those... Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by Benjamin D. Dodson