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Misspelled

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  115 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
strange magic...in 17 Fascinating tales of spells gone awry

When it comes to magic, skipping the directions, changing the ingredients, or garbling the words of a spell can lead to unusual consequences-sometimes dire, sometimes comical. Included in these stories are just a few of the possible results: a cybermancer has her spell disk corrupted by some unexpected input; two
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by DAW
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Jan 10, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-reads
Mostly forgettable anthology of seventeen VERY short, mostly amusing stories about spells that go awry. Contributors include: Lesley D Livingston, Kristine Smith, Kevin G. Maclean, Janet Elizabeth Chase, Marc Mackay, Kristen Britain, Kent Pollard, Kell Brown, John Zakour, Rob St. Martin, S.W. Mayse, Doranna Durgin, Morgan S. Brilliant, Kate Paulk, Nathan Azinger, Jim C. Hines, & Shannan Palma. Foreward by Julie E. Czerneda.
Doranna Durgin
Aug 22, 2009 Doranna Durgin rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
A huge whole lotta fun in one collection. Great concept for an anthology (my story was a blast to write!)--no surprise with editor Julie Czerneda at the helm.
Steven
Dec 30, 2008 Steven rated it it was ok
Misspelled is a DAW themed anthology. Inside are seventeen stories related only by one plot element: A spell has gone awry.

I love short stories. They're what I write. I like reading them. And so it makes me vaguely upset when anthologies like this get out there. There are seventeen stories, and unfortunately, half of them are so-so at best. In this particular anthology, the introductory remarks are done in a jarring "Narrator: " voiceover style, which completely misses the effect that it was goi
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Rena Sherwood
Mar 22, 2016 Rena Sherwood rated it it was ok
After suffering through Misspelled, a tedious anthology of humorous fantasy stories, I now have a greater appreciation for the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett. Even the early books of Piers Anthony are funnier than this. There were only three interesting stories and only one outstanding story -- "Cybermancer." The others were just as subtle as a fork in the eye.

And what was the deal with the Narrator before and after each story? This isn't "The Twilight Zone", for eff's sake.
Jim
Sep 26, 2009 Jim rated it liked it
I don't care much for fantasy/magic, but sometimes short stories are palatable.

This is a collection of 17 stories where magic spells go awry. It is advertised as a comedy, but I'd just call them light stories, as I did not find much humor.

Most of the stories were average; a couple not so; one I started, then skimmed, then skipped. The last one (Yours for only $19.99 by Shannan Palma) I like, by a large margin, the best.
MissM
Oct 07, 2008 MissM rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2008
Most of these stories are first-time authors - and it often shows. Some are better than others though most are just "OK." Weirdly, each story opens and closes with a sentence or two from a "Narrator" for no real reason and with no explanation. (The first story opened that way and I thought it was a quirk of that story, but it was on all of them.) Library rent, NOT a buy and only for light/fluff reading.
Kate
Jun 06, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
(More rated as 3.4 to 3.5 stars)
As with many anthologies some were good and some were so-so. Some stories were good stand alones (example: Shannan Palma's), while others felt like more could be said or explained about the magical structures in them. Some like Kristine Smith's, Rob St. Martin's, S.W. Mayse's stories could make for great novels (I would definitely read them).
Erika
A couple of the stories are decent, especially for being so short with 17 crammed into only 300 pages. Some were just weird though, but could have been good with a little revision.
Greymalkin
Aug 29, 2010 Greymalkin rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
An anthology of surprising overall quality, especially from first time authors. Several stories I wished would become full novels, I really enjoyed the world and the characters.
Jessie B.
While one or two of the stories in the collection are good, most of them try to hard to be clever and come off as irritating instead. Wouldn't 't recommend this one.
Rob St.Martin
Oct 18, 2011 Rob St.Martin rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
I may be a little biased, since my first ever short story sale was in MISSPELLED, but on the whole I think it's a fun anthology with some great stories in it.
Jenne
Feb 01, 2014 Jenne rated it liked it
Not the best anthology of fantasy stories I've come across. I enjoyed most of the tales, but none of them really stuck out as outstanding
Bronwen
Mar 28, 2010 Bronwen rated it liked it
Stories about spell casters whose spells go awry. Some, of course, are funny, but some are pretty grim. and some get what they deserve.
Flitterkit
Apr 23, 2009 Flitterkit rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Fun stories, very strange. I stopped reading the "Narrator" parts and enjoyed the stories much more.
Shawn
Sep 04, 2009 Shawn rated it liked it
A bunch of short stories from various authors. Many stories were humorous.
Shannan
Apr 12, 2008 Shannan rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I have a story in this antho, so my opinion may be biased!
Joanna V
Jul 05, 2011 Joanna V rated it liked it
Shelves: read-disposed-of
some cute stories, nothing outstanding
Penny
Sep 02, 2008 Penny rated it did not like it
Sooo boring.
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