Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy

Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy

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by Jack Dann

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Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer, and many more join ?this magical brew [that] will enchant young adult readers and their elders as well.? (Publishers Weekly)

In Wizards, today's master fantasists turn their hands to tales of these magical beings, living in both ancient and modern times, as well as in fantasy realms that never were.


Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer, and many more join ?this magical brew [that] will enchant young adult readers and their elders as well.? (Publishers Weekly)

In Wizards, today's master fantasists turn their hands to tales of these magical beings, living in both ancient and modern times, as well as in fantasy realms that never were.

Featuring stories by New York Times bestselling authors Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer and Garth Nix as well as tales from Kage Baker, Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, Orson Scott Card, Terry Dowling, Andy Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Kress, Tanith Lee, Patricia A. McKillip, Mary Rosenblum, Tad Williams, Gene Wolfe, and Jane Yolen.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Comparable to the recent blockbuster fantasy collection Legends (edited by Robert Silverberg), Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy is an impressive all-star anthology that contains never-before-published stories about magic practitioners from some of the biggest names in the genre -- Neil Gaiman, Tad Williams, Orson Scott Card, Gene Wolfe, Patricia A. McKillip, Kage Baker, and Tanith Lee, to name a few.

Noteworthy selections include Card's "Stonefather," about the unremarkable 15th child of a poor farmwife who, after leaving his home in search of his place in the world, discovers that he possesses extraordinary, world-changing abilities, and Gaiman's "The Witch's Headstone," a haunting and lyrical tale (strongly reminiscent of Ray Bradbury's 1946 classic "The Homecoming") about an eight-year-old boy being raised by the spirits in a graveyard who decides to help out one of the undead. Terry Bisson's "Billy and the Wizard" pits a young boy against the Devil himself, and Jeffrey Ford's "The Manticore Spell" follows a wizard's apprentice as he glimpses eternity in the form of a mythical creature.

Editors Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois write in the collection's preface: "The figure of the wizard is still a deeply significant one, an archetype that haunts art, advertising, literature, folklore, cartoons, movies, and even our very dreams." That magically empowered archetype, which has the ability to communicate with and call upon the supernatural world, is brilliantly represented in varying forms in the 18 diverse stories included within -- easily one of the strongest fantasy collections of the year. Paul Goat Allen
A very strong book from top to bottom...Highly recommended.
SF Revu
An excellent collection.
Monsters and Critics
A delightful waltz through the realms of magic and mystery as seen through the eyes of several gifted writers.
Publishers Weekly

Veteran fantasists weave a variety of imaginative spells in this fine anthology of 18 original wizardry-themed tales. Neil Gaiman's charming opener, "The Witch's Headstone," introduces a boy raised by the dead and offers a sneak peek at a novel-in-progress. An Icelandic bride in modern Maine makes magic in Elizabeth Hand's outstanding "Winter's Wife." Mary Rosenblum, Patricia A. McKillip, Nancy Kress, Terry Dowling and Gene Wolfe notably conjure up diverse and indelible, coming-of-age stories featuring contemporary teens discovering their true natures. Garth Nix successfully mixes English legends in "Holly and Iron." The prophet Elijah appears as the "wizard" of Jane Yolen's "Slipping Sideways Through Eternity." What goes around comes around, even for wizards and monsters in Jeffrey Ford's "The Manticore Spell." Tad Williams, Peter S. Beagle and Orson Scott Card contribute indifferent stories, but overall this magical brew will enchant young adult readers and their elders as well. (May)

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VOYA - Rachelle Bilz
This collection of eighteen never-before-published stories by masterful writers of fantasy such as Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Jane Yolen, Elizabeth Hand, and others is a compendium of tales about wizards of all stripes: benevolent, evil, young, old, powerful, and foolish. The tales take place in both contemporary and ancient times, in worlds both fantastic and realistic. There is something for all fantasy fans in this original and varied collection. The Ruby Incomparable by Kage Baker and Naming Day by Patricia A. McKillip offer fresh twists on mother-daughter conflicts and bonds. In Stone Man, Nancy Kress introduces young wizard Jared Stoffel, who discovers his powers during a skateboarding accident. Garth Nix creates a unique version of the Norman/English schism in Holly and Iron and flavors it with Arthurian legend. Peter S. Beagle introduces readers to the mysterious shukri creatures in Barrens Dancing. Stonefather serves as a prologue to Orson Scott Card's upcoming fantasy series. Edited by two award-winning authors, this anthology showcases modern fantasy writers at the top of their form. Fantasy aficionados will recognize these names; novices will receive a spellbinding introduction. Wonderfully imaginative and fun to read, this compilation of tales will enchant fantasy readers junior high through adult.

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Gardner Dozois was the long-time editor of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. He won the Hugo Award for Best Editor over a dozen times during his tenure, and currently holds the position of Editor Emeritus with the magazine.

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Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Gandalf the Grey fans will want to read this nineteenth story fantasy collection that star wizards in fresh tales not printed before. The authors are a who¿s who of the genre with no pretenders and none providing a clinker though the better tales seem to involve coming of age. Especially enthralling is Neil Gaiman's 'The Witch's Headstone' starring Bod, a lad being raised by a dead witch amongst other deceased adult supervision. Even the biblical prophet Elijah shows up as a wizard in Jane Yolen's contribution. Notables like Garth Nix, Mary Rosenblum, Kage Baker, Eoin Coffer, Tad Williams, Patricia McKillip, Elizabeth Hand, Andy Duncan, Peter Beagle, Nancy Kress, Jeffrey Ford, Tanith Lee, Terry Bisson, Terry Dowling, Gene Wolf and Orson Scott Card contribute tales that will prove to the targeted young adult audience that a wizard by any other name is still a wizard. --- Harriet Klausner
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
You may think you know wizards. You may think you know magic. But the wizards in these stories just might have a few surprising tricks up their sleeves.

"The Witch's Headstone" contains a dead sorceress who's more kind than creepy, despite the warnings to the contrary. "Holly and Iron" centers around an ancient magical battle where one unprepared woman could unite or destroy two races. In "The Ruby Incomparable" the only daughter of Good and Evil has mastered most of the secrets of the universe, but she can't understand her own mother. In "Winter's Wife" money is no match for the power of magic. The list goes on, and each story will make you rethink what you thought you knew. Or maybe confirm it.

Some of the authors you'll recognize. Some may be completely new. All of them have found a fan in me.

I'll be the first to admit I usually dislike collections of short stories. I feel like I'm being cheated if they're good, and fooled if they're not. Another thing I had to rethink after reading this book. I fell back in love with the authors that I knew, learned more about ones that I'd only heard of, and discovered brand new obsessions. This is a must for fantasy fans, and a great introduction for newcomers.
scott_baxter More than 1 year ago
some good stories in here.