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
My very favorite was A Handful of Ashes by Garth Nix, with the Dresden story (B is for Bigfoot) coming in second, and __ and Crow and Caper, Caper and Crow by Margo Lanagan as strong honorable mentions.
Introduction: Looking Under the Hat by Jonathan Strahan - Nice introduction. Good summary of the thread that ties the compilation together and his motivation for c...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
For a short story, I liked it. I like this story quite a bit. It was a nice simple read that barely took me 15 minutes (and I read slowly!). However, I felt this story had the potential analogous to city-produced skyscraper fireworks. Instead, it blew up like a simple bottle rocket.
Had Jim been able to augment this short story into a novel, it would have been 4 stars, easy. Had he been able to incorporat...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.
Cover Story: And The U.S. Gets Screwed Again
The Best: "A Handful of Ashes", "Barrio Girls"
The Worst: "Felidis"
The Weird: "Payment Due", "The Education of a Witch"
Bonus Factors: Hogwarts, Dogs, Folklore
Anti-Bonus Factors: Cat People, Weirdy-Beardy Wiccans
Break Glass In Case Of: Halloween! Also, TEABS, Ennui, Doctors' Appointments
Read the full book report here.
"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
I don't often read short stories, but with a choice of eighteen tales, I thought this would be a fun choice and I was guaranteed to enjoy at least a few of the stories! I haven't reviewed many sh...more
Some of my Review below:
I was sent this anthology by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. This book is an anthology containing eighteen short stories based around witches from some of the most popular fantasy authors of today.
It is a sad thing that I had never read an anthology before reading this book. Before, I'd never really even consider them as I did not read many short stories. Now after this...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.
Holly Black - "Little Gods" - 3 stars
This is turning into an odd anthology. Black's prose is beautiful as ever, with...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 :)
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
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