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New Magics: An Anthology of Today's Fantasy [NOOK Book]

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Whether it's a tale of a wizard developing his powers or a breakneck chase through New York City in search of the Grail, the best fantasy is all about coming face to face with reality---with boundaries---and saying, What if? It's about stepping across the threshold of what is and what must be into a world of maybes and why-nots. Most of all, it's a great deal of fun.

It's for today's generation of young readers that Patrick Nielsen ...
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Overview


Whether it's a tale of a wizard developing his powers or a breakneck chase through New York City in search of the Grail, the best fantasy is all about coming face to face with reality---with boundaries---and saying, What if? It's about stepping across the threshold of what is and what must be into a world of maybes and why-nots. Most of all, it's a great deal of fun.

It's for today's generation of young readers that Patrick Nielsen Hayden---winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology---has selected these stories from the thousands published by contemporary fantasy writers over the past two decades. For those readers who keep asking questions but are never completely satisfied with the answers---only the journey.

Here is National Book Award winner Ursula K. Le Guin with a tale of wizardry from the world of her Earthsea books. Here is Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game, with the original story of Prentice Alvin in alternate, magical nineteenth-century America. Here is Newbery Medal winner Robin McKinley with a tale of an exiled princess's quest to regain her people. Here is Sandman author Neil Gaiman with a story of chivalry, with a distinctly modern twist.

Here are werewolves and princesses, battles and enchantments, and great stories from Jane Yolen, Harry Turtledove, Charles de Lint, Emma Bull, and more.

Whimsical or harrowing, irreverent or sublime, each of these stories is an adventure in imagination. Journey from the here and now to New Magics.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
New Magics: An Anthology of Today's Fantasy, ed. by Patrick Nielson Hayden, collects 12 tales of the fantastic, with works by bestselling authors such as Orson Scott Card, Jane Yolen and others. The wildly diverse subject matter covers everything from the imagined travels of the lost hair of Jo March (of Little Women) in a tale by Susan Palwick to a pair of very different accounts of the Holy Grail's reemergence in Neil Gaiman's "Chivalry" and "Stealing God" by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
What do an elderly Brit, a musical elf, a psychic five year old, a vampire and two worried parents have in common? They are all main characters in this new fantasy anthology. Fantasy is an incredibly hard genre to define. These stories are all considered fantasy, but that is about all that they have in common. The book opens with a story about a widow who finds the Holy Grail and is visited by a knight who is seeking it. Another story describes a world where elves and humans are separated by only a river. The oddest story in the collection is entitled "Jo's Hair." In the story "Little Women," the character Jo sells her hair so she can send money to her father. This story follows the hair until it and Jo are reunited. This is a spectacular collection. It gathers together all types of fantasy including horror and science fiction. Many of the authors are well known including Ursula K. Le Guin and Orsen Scott Card. The stories themselves are exceptional and would interest both fantasy lovers and those new to the genre. Even the introduction is worth reading. This is a great collection. 2004, Tor, Ages 13 to 18.
—Heather Robertson
Library Journal
An elderly woman finds a holy relic in an unlikely place and makes a decision as to its proper disposal in Neil Gaiman's "Chivalry," the first tale in this anthology that explores the myriad faces of fantasy. Including contributions by Ursula K. Le Guin, Charles de Lint, Emma Bull, and Orson Scott Card, this volume is suitable for YA and adult fantasy readers. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429987707
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,319,763
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 319 KB

Meet the Author


Patrick Nielsen Hayden is Senior Editor, Manager of Science Fiction, at Tor Books. He has worked in the science fiction field as an editor, reviewer, publisher, and in other capacities, since the mid-1970s. The Washington Post has called him "one of the most literate and historically aware editors in science fiction."

His original anthology series Starlight has won the World Fantasy Award, while individual stories from it have won the Hugo, Nebula, and other awards. His other anthologies include the YA reprint collections New Skies and New Magics and Up. A frequent speaker at science fiction conventions and writing workshops, he also plays guitar with a variety of ensembles and maintains a popular weblog about politics and culture. He lives with his wife and collaborator, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, in Brooklyn, New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
"Chivalry" 19
"Charis" 35
"Jo's Hair" 65
"Not All Wolves" 77
"Stealing God" 89
"Mama Gone" 113
"The Bone Woman" 121
"Liza and the Crazy Water Man" 135
"Mom and Dad at the Home Front" 171
"A Bird That Whistles" 185
"The Bones of the Earth" 203
"Hatrack River" 223
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