- 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: #543,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 ›
The lead story for this book is "Birdwatching" by Harry Turtledove. The inter-town competition of spotting birds takes on a whole new side when the feud of two witches burns over to the annual population count. As I like neither birdwatching, nor Harry Turtledove's writing, this is the only story in the anthology I could not stomach finishing. If you like Mr. Turtledove's writing, you may enjoy it.
"Nimue and the Mall Nymphs" by Lee Martindale - The description of the mall is worth the price of admission for anyone who has tried to find a bathroom in one of these trendy architectural monstrosities. And the story is nice too.
"The House of Lost Dreams" by Storm Christopher - Another where the location description is so spot on, as anyone who has navigated through a pothole filled parking lot would agree. The story itself is bittersweat as a Lost Dream.
"Witch Warrior" by Steven Piziks - may be the best story in the book, but unfortunately I recently took a class on Baba Yaga, so this one was a huge fail for me on the fantasy side because it broke the fairy tale rules for her according what I learned.Read more ›
Now that you have some frame of reference - this is better. Not much, but enough that I noticed it.
This is a themed anthology that concentrates on women who either have or realize some form of power in their lives. Some of the stories are connected to each other within the series, so it's worth your while to get all the books and read them in order. But each stand alone well enough that you can enjoy them anyway.
There is lots of comedy here, but not every story is funny - some are downright heart-wrenching, others are heart-warming; this book deserves a spot in your library.
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 7 months ago by Rick Mahoney
This was a really nice collection of short stories. I especially enjoyed the 'Birdwitching' story. As a bird watcher myself it was fun.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very funny collection of short stories. Especially loved the possed bbq pitPublished 22 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
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
Ok book. It has some good ideas, but the author didn't put it together real well.Published on November 1, 2010 by Amazon Customer
I thought this was pretty much the least entertaining collection of short stories I've ever read. It was like that old sitcom "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" on paper. Read morePublished on January 23, 2010 by Veronica N. Sutton