The Book of Magic

The Book of Magic

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"An anthology celebrating the witches and sorcerers of epic fantasy--featuring stories by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Megan Lindholm, and many more! Hot on the heels of award-winning editor Gardner Dozois's (Rogues, Old Venus) acclaimed anthology The Book of Swords comes this companion volume devoted to magic. How could it be otherwise? For every Frodo, there is a Gandalf...and a Saruman. For every Dorothy, a Glinda...and a Wicked Witch of the West. What would Harry Potter be without Albus Dumbledore...and Severus Snape? Figures of wisdom and power, possessing arcane, often forbidden knowledge, wizards and sorcerers are shaped--or misshaped--by the potent magic they seek to wield. Yet though their abilities may be godlike, these men and women remain human...some might say all too human. Such is their curse. And their glory. In these pages, seventeen of today's top fantasy writers--including award-winners K. J. Parker (The Two of Swords), Megan Lindholm (The Windsingers), John Crowley (The Deep), Tim Powers (Last Call), Liz Williams (Snake Agent), Elizabeth Bear (Eternal Sky Trilogy), George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), Kate Elliott (The Court of Fives Trilogy), Scott Lynch (The Republic of Thieves), and more--cast wondrous spells that thrillingly evoke the mysterious, awesome, and at times downright terrifying worlds where magic reigns supreme: worlds as far away as forever...and as near as next door"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780399593789
Branch Call Number: BOO
Characteristics: xvi, 556 pages
Additional Contributors: Dozois, Gardner R.


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Dec 04, 2020

I've always been fascinated by imaginitive new depictions of magic and there are a few in this collection (eg: "Community Service", "Wolf and the Manticore") but most of these simply involve magic. The more entertaining short stories here are written in the style of Jack Vance, whose influential works I highly recommend. Although completely different, the core concept of "Wolf and the Manticore" reminded me of Karel Capek's novel "The Absolute At Large" (which, as a sidebar, contains the best insight about adverse events I've ever read).

Feb 16, 2019

Another amazing anthology compiled and edited by popular fantasy and science fiction author and editor Gardener Dozois. Some of the stories are better than others, but my favorite and the one that sticks out the most is "The fall and rise of the House of the Wizard Malkuri" by Scott Lynch. I can't say anything about the story without spoiling it but it's one of the most clever dark humor short stories I've ever read. And it is not what you think, both from reading the title or from reading the beginning of the story. A lot is crammed into there, and if you are a D&D fan you'll especially enjoy it (though you certainly don't have to be).

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