Something Magic This Way Comes [NOOK Book]

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In the earliest days of humankind, everything in the world seemed magical. Gods and demons, spirits and sprites were considered to be responsible for everything from life and death, to the turning of the seasons, to the abundance or failure of crops.

Today, much that was once attributed to magic has been explained by science, and in our technologically driven world, the ...
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Something Magic This Way Comes

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Overview

In the earliest days of humankind, everything in the world seemed magical. Gods and demons, spirits and sprites were considered to be responsible for everything from life and death, to the turning of the seasons, to the abundance or failure of crops.

Today, much that was once attributed to magic has been explained by science, and in our technologically driven world, the question is whether there is still a place for magic. For twenty of fantasy’s finest imaginers, the answer is obviously, “Yes.”

So welcome to visionary, modern-day realms of magic where surprising things can still happen. From a Gypsy fortune-teller’s transforming prophecy…to a troubled teen seeking a haven from his family woes…to a mysterious gathering of cats at Cape Canavaral…and a kid out to spook his best friend into believing that werewolves are real…here are stories that will amuse you or send chills down your spine—or have you looking wistfully around the next corner, hoping to find a bit of magic all your own….

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A young woman's life changes after a gypsy reads her palm in Irene Radford's "More to Truth Than Proof." In Kate Paulk's "Raining the Wild Hunt," a newly independent victim of spousal abuse confronts her worst fears when she aids an elflord fleeing from Wild Hunt. The 20 original stories by such fantasy authors as Laura Resnick, Harry Turtledove, and Eric Flint explore the many forms that magic might take in the modern world. From the magic of cats ("The Star Cats" by Charles Edgar Quinn) to a mirror that once belonged to a legendary magician ("Houdini's Mirror" by Russell Davis), these selections demonstrate a broad appeal for fans of modern-day fantasy.
—Jackie Cassada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440635212
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 623,291
  • File size: 336 KB

Meet the Author

In 1995 Martin H. Greenberg was honored 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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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great anthology

    This fantasy collection focuses on modern day magic in a world filled with technology and science, but as pointed out in the ¿The Power of Magic¿ introduction by Sarah A. Hoyt when our computers have ¿some inexplicable event¿ we say ¿Gremlins¿. The entries are solid with no clinkers as expected by the top tier contributors Like Harry Turtledove and the Resnicks (Mike and Laura - separate stories). Irene Radford opens the anthology at the Beltane Renaissance Fair with the palm reader warning Gabrielle that her lifeline is broken three times and then abruptly cuts short in 'More to Truth than Proof.' Dave Freer ends the collection with his humorous ¿Regency Sprite¿ in which the trapped Fay cannot threaten nor offer reward to the drunken human. In between are well written tales such as a wife fleeing spousal abuse helping an elf fleeing hunters in Kate Paulk's 'Raining the Wild Hunt'. There are all sorts of entries in between as Carolina ¿Lighthouse Surfer¿ and his friends test ¿Orygun¿ waves and more in Daniel M. Hoyt¿s East coast meets West Coast tale. Throw in ¿Houdini¿s Mirror¿ by Russell Davis along with all types of magical species like Charles Edgar Quinn¿s ¿The Star Cats' and locations like Esther Friesner¿s ¿In a Dark Wood, Dreaming¿. Fans will appreciate the wide cut of this fine magical compilation.------------ Harriet Klausner

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