Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron (The Dresden Files #2.5)
They can mean only one thing - somewhere nearby, there must be a witch. From fairy tales to fims to fiction, witches cast their spells and capture our imaginations.
Now the biggest names in fantasy and young adult literature have come together to make a little magic of their own. Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Diana Peterfreund, Margo Lanagan,...more
*“Andersen’s Witch” seems to be how Hans Christian Andersen came to be such a prominent storyteller. (Since Yolen...more
Things have changed since those days. I don’t have hours-long blocks of time to spend immersed in a book (unless I want to stay awake all night and then deal with a reading hangover at work the next day)....more
Interestingly, I had previously read a short story about Bigfoot and his son Irwin in another anthology (the name escapes me at the moment). So I wasn't entirely unfamiliar with Bigfoot. What I found surprising was that this story was about the first time that Dresden met Bigfoot!! So did I read t...more
I really enjoyed this. It's a collection of some stunning names and I was excited to see Peter S. Beagle and Frances Hardinge in the mix alongside Holly Black. Garth Nix and Neil Gaiman.
The joy of a short story collection is that you can flip back and forth in it and wholly skip stories th...more
I'm really glad I took the gamble. These short stories are woven together nicely. They are all very different kinds of tales coming from a variety of authors, but each had the central theme of witches in them, so I was able to go from one story to the next w...more
Introduction: Looking under the hat, Jonathan Strahan. I was very pleased with his introduction, it had facts, but also the familiar feel of the author. (4 stars)
Stray Magic, Diana Peterfreund. I've never read or heard from her before picking up this book, so I didn't know what to expect. I still can't decide if I like her style of writing, it's not terrible, but is just kind of plain. It's a cute story that involves a dog and her magical master. (3 stars)
Little Gods, Holly Black. This shor...more
For anyone who is a lover of the world of witchcraft, and admires those little darlings who wear the black, pointed hats and have that feline as their familiar - these are the tales for you! A ton of beloved novelists from the fantasy realm have come together, each offering their own story about the witch-‘y’ women we have come to love.
As we all know, just like the dove is the symbol for peace and the red, white and blue is all about America, the witch has her own symbols. But what is most inter...more
Under that Hat, is about the people under the legendary pointed hat. Not a hat that current witches prefer to be associated with,but one that any fan of the Oz movie knows and loves.The editor set o...more
And yes, it´s a fantasy book. I only put it on my "books for kids"-shelf because most of the stories were suitable for bedtime stories (you´ll agree with me when you compare the book to the stuff kids watch on tv these days.(I certainly know what my nephew does....)). None of the stuff ( well, MAYBE...more
One of the best things about books from Hot key books, is that they have their own special ring, the Hot Key Ring, on the back of each book. The ring lets you, the reader, know what to expect from each book. Under My...more
Honourable mention: Garth Nix's A Handful of Ashes, for turning me around even when I saw it was set in a made-up world and groaned.
Worst story: Holly Black's Little Gods. I got about three pages into her book White Cat and had the exact same reaction there as I did here - this is a story for American teenagers and no-one else.
"B is for Bigfoot", (Bigfoot Trilogy, 3 published); (Bigfoot, 1 chronological), & Dresden Files: Short Stories, 15
Diana Peterfreund's "Stray Magic" is so sweet! Peterfreund created a lovely story that really pulled my heartstrings with a seemingly abandoned dog who desperately wants his master back.
Frances Hardinge's "Payment Due" is wicked good! Even short stories can suffer in this econo...more
I particularly liked this line, describing Harry's family experience:
"I'd never known my mother, and my father died before I started going to school. I knew what it was like to have holes in my life in the shape o...more
You have 18 separate tales; except two which didn’t work for me I enjoyed them all. Diana Peter...more
there wasnt a story in this anthology that i didnt like and several that i wanted to hug and read more :)
Diana Peterfreund - "Stray Magic" - 3 stars
This is a strange story about a canine familiar. I enjoyed how Peterfreund handled the internal narration and telepathy, but the story didn't wow me.
Frances Hardinge - "Payment Due" - 4 stars
Another strange story that's surprisingly excellent and bizarre. Witchy repo men and body swapping with lovely prose.
Big love to one of my best friends, Cassie, for getting me this for Christmas: I've not found so much enjoyment and magic f...more
To be safe, I won't be recording my review here until after the AA are over.
Witch Is the New Vampire
Well, it seems like everyone's shifting their fascination from vampires to witches. Mind you, this is a fantastic collection, with lots of good stories. Definitely written for teens and tweens, though, lots of young protagonists.
I originally sought out this collection for the Jim Butcher Dresden story “B is for Bigfoot” (which I really enjoyed) and was pleased to find a few other authors I like in the table of contents: Charles de Lint, Tanith Lee, and Neil Gaiman.
“Barrio Girls” by Charles de Lint was interesting; “Felidis” by Tanith Lee was fun; but the Neil Gai...more
Best decision ever to end with Margo Lanagan's bewildering intense tale. It will stay with me for a while.
It turned out to be about musicians. It would have been much more original, if less appropriate for the audience, if it had been about magical strippers.
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