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A Wizard's Dozen: Stories Of The Fantastic

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  136 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Do you believe in magic? For this collection is overflowing with everything mystical, magical, fantastic and unbelievable. This book features stories by Patricia Wrede, Jane Yolen, Bruce Coville and many others. "A balanced and pleasing introduction to the genre".--School Library Journal.

"Do you believe in magic?

If you don't, you will. If you do, you're more than halfway t
Paperback, 186 pages
Published December 1996 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 1993)
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This is a fun collection of stories. I found them all to be readable, but favorites I enjoy rereading are the more light-hearted inclusions - The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd by Patricia C. Wrede and The Princess Who Kicked Butt by Will Shetterly, both of which I would particularly recommend.
This book is filled with stories of fantasy by some very good and well known auithors. I enjoyed the book, but not as much as I thought. Some of the stories I couldn't get into and the ending of one of the stories just really annoyed me.
However, there are definitely some gems in this book. The first story The Sixty-two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd by Patricia C. Wrede is a creative, unique and wonderful story.
Fairy Dust by Charles de Lint (Author) is a good story and is about how important it is
A collection of fantasy short stories. Patricia Wrede's "The 62 Curses of Caliph Arenschadd" has fun world-building. Charles de Lint's "Fairy Dust" is, like all his other work, filled with fascile moral conclusions and immature writing. I loved the main character in Will Shetterly's "The Princess Who Kicked Butt." Tappan King's "Come Hither" also has a very enjoyable main character (another self-sufficient girlchild).
I have always thought Bruce Coville is awesome, and he proves it yet again wit
I really enjoyed this book when I read it as a teenager. My favourite stories were Patricia C. Wrede's The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd and Sherwood Smith's Faith. I also liked Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald's retelling of Snow White, The Queen's Mirror and Jane Yolen's Harlyn's Fairy.
As with most story collections, some were better than others. On average, they were 3.5 stars.
Shannon Cooley
Overall, this was a fun read, but nothing spectacular. It's not one I'll rush to read again soon, but it is one I'll keep on my shelves for my kids to pick up someday. It's a good book to pick up when you only have a few minutes at a time, because most of the stories are pretty short.
I have always loved the characters from The Princess Who Kicked Butt. For that reason alone, this book will always remain among my fond childhood memories. The other stories are also well written and worth the time it takes to read them.
Denae Christine
For short stories, these were superb. I especially liked Sixty-Curses of Caliph Arenschadd, Princess Who Kicked Butt, Breath of Princes, and Faith. Great authors. I might decide to read some more short stories...and maybe not.
A very fun collection, though a few tales were a bit simplistic or anticlimactic. My favorites were the stories by Patricia C. Wrede, Will Shetterly, Bruce Coville, and Vivian Van Velde.
Kira E.
This book is full of short stories, all about magic. I enjoyed reading these stories, but some were more "slow" then others, but still pretty good.
A fast read and some of the stories are really good. (It's a bunch of short stories)
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