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Veteran fantasists weave a variety of imaginative spells in this fine anthology of 18 original wizardry-themed tales. Neil Gaiman's charming opener, "The Witch's Headstone," introduces a boy raised by the dead and offers a sneak peek at a novel-in-progress. An Icelandic bride in modern Maine makes magic in Elizabeth Hand's outstanding "Winter's Wife." Mary Rosenblum, Patricia A. McKillip, Nancy Kress, Terry Dowling and Gene Wolfe notably conjure up diverse and indelible, coming-of-age stories featuring contemporary teens discovering their true natures. Garth Nix successfully mixes English legends in "Holly and Iron." The prophet Elijah appears as the "wizard" of Jane Yolen's "Slipping Sideways Through Eternity." What goes around comes around, even for wizards and monsters in Jeffrey Ford's "The Manticore Spell." Tad Williams, Peter S. Beagle and Orson Scott Card contribute indifferent stories, but overall this magical brew will enchant young adult readers and their elders as well. (May)
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Wizards have been popular in fantasy at least from Oz to Earthsea, occupying venerated positions as shamans and medicine men in aboriginal cultures stretching back to the Stone Age and forward to fin de siecle Kansas and beyond. In this collection of first-published tales, wizards are the puppet masters of schemes ranging from the amusing to the diabolical. Contributors include such venerable masters as Jane Yolen, Peter S. Beagle, and Gene Wolfe as well as such relative newcomers as Andy Duncan and Jeffrey Ford. Neil Gaiman offers the story of a boy able to communicate with the dead, who assigns himself the obligation of securing a headstone for a deceased witch. In Eoin Colfer's whimsical "A Fowl Tale," a talking dove begs for its next meal by explaining how Merlin gave him a con-artist's sensibilities. Terry Bisson's "Billy and the Wizard" describes an eight-year-old's encounter with a wizard sandwiched between the pages of a magazine. A creative spectrum of tantalizing themes makes the volume versatile and compelling reading for all fantasy fans. Carl Hays
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Wizards is a collection of short stories edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. The fact that about a third of the stories have nothing to do with wizards or even a wizard, is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by silver elves
I love these books, one book multiple tales of awesome. I can read one story and come back to the same book for a whole new experience. They are all fantasy stories, which I love. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Deonne
What can I say, I love stories about wizards. When I play D&D, I play a wizard. So, when I saw this book, I jumped at it. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
This book is chocked full of great short stories. If you love wizard stories this is the book for you! There wasn't a bad story in the whole book. I am honestly impressed. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Cyndi Nelson
You may think you know wizards. You may think you know magic. But the wizards in these stories just might have a few surprising tricks up their sleeves. Read morePublished on June 26, 2008 by TeensReadToo
Looks like a case of trying to sell to more people for what is basically a book for younger children in the main, and even when I was 8 I would have thought a bunch of these... Read morePublished on January 6, 2008 by average
I am only halfway through the book but I already love every stories so far. I loan it from the library but will have to buy one now for my "reference" Sci-Fi/Fantasy shelf. Read morePublished on September 8, 2007 by Amazon Customer
Many stories in this book were insultingly sexist. There are a couple of great stories, notably Kage Baker's, but there are many mediocre ones and many that simply cannot imagine... Read morePublished on August 29, 2007 by Katharine K. Seitz