- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: DAW (October 7, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756405130
- ISBN-13: 978-0756405137
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,823,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
Overall, this is a wonderful read for teens or adults--fun, touching, and delightful. I did, however, notice some minor inconsistencies that tended to pull me out of the stories a little. In theory these stories all took place at the same location, but some of the school administrators were different (despite references to one or another of them having been there forever), the level of the world's awareness of magic seemed to change, and some other details were different too (one story mentioned that every witch eventually gets a familiar, but you really don't see familiars in the other stories). If you aren't a detail-freak, however, this probably won't bother you much.
All fourteen authors were new to me and I found a few that I liked enough to look into their backlist. One of my favorite stories was the quick read Temporal Management by Laura Resnick about a teen that needs to learn a thing or two about time management. I recommend this one to all teen paranormal readers.
Witch High is an absorbing anthology full of fourteen short stories that range from humorous to foreboding, and snarky to heart wrenching. Each story depicts the life of a different person, most of them students, with a couple members of the faculty and staff, and each vary widely. Many of the stories are quite short, giving the reader a slightly rushed impression, and those with an attention for details may be bothered by the occasional contradiction of facts and details between stories. However, if readers can get past those minor faults, they're in for a fun and candid glimpse into an exciting and magical world.
I wouldn't mind if a few even got expanded in some way; Kristine Kathryn Rusch's "Domestic Magic" was well contained, but had little hints at the end that there could be more to the story. Debra Dixon's "Coyote Run" was fascinating in how it approached the traditional role of the witches' familiar and I wouldn't mind if she explored Izzy's life after a bit more.
If you enjoy anthologies this is a solid one. Some of the authors are well known for their anthology works and others have longer novels that their shorter stories don't tie in with and thus don't do those longer works any great justice. In the end its not a bad way to pass some in between free time when a longer novel isn't possible.
I had two favorite stories: Remedial Magic by Bill McCay and Late Bloomer by Karen. Remedial Magic is about a Saranne, a young girl whose mother was sick and dying and how she tried to help save her mother's life. Late Bloomer is about Addi, a high schooler whose magic hadn't shown up yet and how the group she was welcomed into helped her find her magic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
loved the stories for the most part and like the series. looking forward to seeing morePublished on July 3, 2014 by jay gold
Witch uses a fantasy setting to deal with problems frequently dealt with by teenagers in a sensitive manner. It is entertaining while making hard points.Published on April 4, 2013 by Joy Franks
Honestly not a great deal to say, really--this was a mostly enjoyable read. Not all of the stories are home runs, and a few seem a bit too focused on teen angst, but some were... Read morePublished on November 28, 2009 by Steven Woodcock
WITCH HIGH is a fun anthology that takes place at Salem Township Public High School #4, aka Witch High. Read morePublished on May 27, 2009 by TeensReadToo
Most of the stories were a bit too cutesy for me, and all of them had more than anyone's daily allotment of teenage angst. It felt almost unrelenting. Read morePublished on May 5, 2009 by Amazon Customer