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Witch Way to the Mall Mass Market Paperback – May 26, 2009

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Product Details

  • 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)
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By G. Robinson VINE VOICE on October 26, 2009
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The is the first in apparently a series. "Strip Mauled" is the follow on and is excellent as well. The stories in this anthology are humorous and whimsical by and large. But a number of them leave me going OK so what happens next and all are outstanding to truly excellent. I am not usually a big fan of shorts as they are very hard to write well and often vary widely; from pretty good to real bad.. These 2 books are outstanding exceptions as there are no bad stories.

Excellent read.
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A quick and enjoyable read of excellent short stories set in the suburbs. Creative idea. My favorite, so far, is Vierling's "Neighborhood Witch" - love the characters, story line, and the surprise ending. Well worth it.
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Witch Way to the Mall (2009) is the first fantasy anthology in a series of supernatural stories about suburbia. It contains an Introduction and twenty-one short stories (with author information).

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.
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Great read, good for when you want to read something but don't want to spend hours reading. Really liked "Neighborhood Witch" and actually wished there was more time to develop the people and situation but considering it's a short story I feel the author did a great job with the time they had.
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These stories are about modern witches, who live in the real world. They have kids, and cars, and husbands, who are either able to use magic, or not. I found them entertaining and some were downright funny. Some were just stories. Like any anthology, some are good and some are not. But overall this is worth the time and money. I did enjoy it.
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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, and finding the right spices and charcoal for a sacrifice (of fast food) are the challenges on the plate. A series of comedic fantasy stories about ticky-tacky houses, family, and shopping, Witch Way to the Mall has the typical unevenness of anthology - but being a big-name publication instead of an indie the starting point is higher.

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.

Standouts
"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.
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If you haven't read Chicks In Chain Mail first, do that now. Chicks in Chainmail Go ahead, I'll wait.
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Now that you have some frame of reference - this is better. Not much, but enough that I noticed it.
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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.
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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.
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