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15 original stories about those who earn their living through spellcraft

From a boy who discovers life can be an illusion...to a man who maintains company security through enchantment...to a young woman who inherits a real magic shop...to a gambler who needs a sure way to beat the odds...to a woman who creates unique chocolates-here are 15 imaginative tales that run the wh
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by DAW
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Lindsey Duncan
A more or less light-hearted anthology of stories about the working wizard in the contemporary world - with one exception from the inimitable and always fantastic Esther Friesner - this is a middling assembly of stories. None of them are terrible; none of them are particularly exceptionable.

Particularly early in the anthology, some of the stories have supernatural worlds overlaid on our real world that feel rushed and inorganic. However, the general light tone of the anthology is enjoyable.

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Zachariah Carlson
I really like wizards and short stories, so this should have been right up my alley. Unfortunately, the quality of the stories in this anthology run the full range from 1 to 5 stars. I've already returned it to the library, or I'd rate each story individually. It's worth reading, if only for the novel number of approaches to "modern wizard" the authors take.
Ron
Mar 19, 2008 Ron rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes urban wizard fiction
This book is a compilation of 15 short stories written by 15 different authors. I selected this book because Orson Scott Card is one of the authors, and I have enjoyed some of his other stories. Apparently, the authors were given the task of writing a story about a wizard working in today's society--many of the stories in some way involve big corporations. I found some of the stories interesting, such as "Cosmic Balance Inc.," "Stocks and Bondage," and "Ties that Bind," but others were a little ...more
James Howald
Only read the first story thus far, but it was the only story I read it for. It's called "Jamaica" I think I may have read it compiled somewhere else, but not sure where. As usual, very good. Card seems to be much better lately at new stories than building on existing series as he his skills at a storyteller are better utilized in having to engage you in a story you have no engagement in prior to that reading.
Mike
Quick thoughts: A real mixed bag. Quality varies wildly and a lot of these stories had much more potential than what was achieved. Great variety and numerous interesting, unique ideas though. Call it 3.5 rounded up.

My favorites were Audition, Hostile Takeover, The Keeper of the Morals, Chocolate Alchemy, and No Rest for the Wicked.
Emily
Definitely light reading. I got this on a whim from the library because of the interesting premise. I was disappointed in the quality of stories. Most of them seemed rushed and did not seem to live up to the fun of the premise.
Lori Mason
15 short stories about wizards. Many well known authors. I like these kind of collections, because if I don't like one, I can just skip to the next. I enjoyed most of these.
allimo
Mar 26, 2015 allimo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to allimo by: Josh Ahrens
If you like this, read the Dresden Files. If you like Dresden Files, read this.
Kevin Connery
Nice collection of short stories. A few outstanding ones, and no real stinkers.
Kenn Anderson
Most of the stories were very enjoyable. Just a few were not my cup of tea.
Samuel
Mostly pleasant pastime.
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Martin Harry Greenberg was an American academic and speculative fiction anthologist. In all, he compiled 1,298 anthologies and commissioned over 8,200 original short stories. He founded Tekno Books, a packager of more than 2000 published books. In addition, he was a co-founder of the Sci-Fi Channel.
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