Oceans of Magic

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The seas with all their mystery and danger, thier lure of adventure and hidden treasure, have long captured landlubbers' imaginations. From such classic tales as The Odyssey and Treasure Island to legends of lost lands such as Atlantis, to the thrill of exploration and great sea battles, the oceans which cover so much of our Earth hold the promise of excitement, the chance to discover forgotten realms and sunken treasure ships, the terrors of sea monsters, the inexplicable areas such as the Bermuda Triangle. Now ...
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The seas with all their mystery and danger, thier lure of adventure and hidden treasure, have long captured landlubbers' imaginations. From such classic tales as The Odyssey and Treasure Island to legends of lost lands such as Atlantis, to the thrill of exploration and great sea battles, the oceans which cover so much of our Earth hold the promise of excitement, the chance to discover forgotten realms and sunken treasure ships, the terrors of sea monsters, the inexplicable areas such as the Bermuda Triangle. Now some of today's finest navigators of the magical realms set sail through uncharted waters to distant lands where marvelous adventures await.

So grab your treasure map and plot your course to mist-shrouded isles of enchantment in tales that will take you from a dock waif rescued by John Cabot for a voayage into dangers that might only be escaped by magic's grace...to a sorcerer awaiting the last days of Atlantis...to a spell-spawned encounter with a true Colossus...

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John Cabot befriends an abused child in Oh, Glorious Sight by Tanya Huff and discovers that he has taken aboard a boy who can orchestrate the weather with his flute. In Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Tribute, a mail censor during World War II unravels the mystery of a ghostly pirate ship dogging the course of a U.S. Nepal vessel far from home in the Pacific. When he strikes an eerie bargain with the pirate captain himself, he seals a pact that assures the safety of every man on board, save one who is doomed to sail the sea forever with the pirate's ghostly crew. In Catch of the Day by Jeff Grubb, a scholar seeks proof of the existence of dragons from a ship that sails the clouds, and a no-nonsense captain is forced to strike a bargain with the ghost of a dead girl to save his native land in The Colossus of Mahrass by Mel Odom. This intriguing potpourri of sea tales that vary in length from a brief eight pages to more than twenty is aptly named. Each story contains an element of magic ranging from a lonely child's subtle talent to control the wind in Oh, Glorious Sight to the arcane skills of a ghostly girl who summons a giant to devastate a harbor of enemy ships in The Colossus of Mahrass. Not all offerings are of equal merit, but some are crafted finely. Oh, Glorious Sight and Tribute would provide excellent read alouds for high school or middle school classrooms or as part of a teen reading club. The magical elements add a note of fun and mystery that might attract readers reluctant to tackle a novel. For school and public libraries, this collection is an inexpensive purchase that provides several quality short stories with real literary merit. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S A/YA (Better thanmost, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2001, DAW, 309p, $6.99 pb. Ages 11 to Adult. Reviewer: Nancy K. Wallace
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This is an excellent collection of short stories, all fantasies with a sea theme. The stories are divided into three sections: "Voyages in History," "Magical Maritime," and "Deities and the Deep Blue Sea." The stories are all well written, and it is difficult to chose favorites, but there are some highlights: for example, "Oh, Glorious Sight," by Tanya Huff, in which the explorer John Cabot rescues a mysterious boy from a beating, only to find that the boy has magic abilities. A hyper-religious crew member sees the devil in the boy's talents, and sends him to the crow's nest, only to have the boy fly off, to protect the ship for the rest of its voyage. In "Tribute," by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, a censor on board a WW II destroyer discovers that the sailors have been seeing a ghost ship. The captain denies the happening, and forbids the censor to speak of it. The ship is a pirate ship, demanding tribute: a human sacrifice. Then one night, the captain disappears. "Walk Upon the Waters, by Paul Kupperberg, is about the sinking of Atlantis; in "Ocean's Eleven," by Mike Resnick and Tom Gerencer, the North Atlantic Ocean has had it, and goes looking for a new job. This is a good collection to have, especially in seacoast communities. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, DAW, 309p, 18cm, $6.99. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Gail E. Roberts; Coordinator, Youth Scvs., New Bedford P. L., New Bedford, MA, May 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886779795
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Thomsen was a founding editor of the Questar Science Fiction line of books, and served as managing fiction editor at TSR, Inc.; he also wrote over 30 short stories, and collaborated with Julius Schwartz on Schwartz's autobiography. He also worked as the publisher for TSR's Periodicals Department at one point. As an author he was a Hugo Award nominee.

Martin H. Greenberg was honored in 1995 by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and is the president of TEKNO books. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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