The Way of the Wizard
There weren't any bad stories in the collection, though most were pretty forgettable, and the editing in the book is atrocious (words are frequently mistyped as other words in a way that s...more
George RR Martin, “In the Lost Lands.” A sorceress quests to find a werewolf skin. Purple prose, telegraphed&obvious plot ~twists~. Was not impressed.
David Barr Kirtley, “Family Tree.” Simon is pulled back into the family feud, in which everyone lives in a living tree and fights over which branch is larger. He ends it by killing everyone on the opposing side, including the lady he loved but whose loyalty toward her...more
This collection is a mix of original and reprinted stories that show a wide...more
On an unrelated note, I am getting a little irritated at seeing big name fantasy authors take shots at Harry Po...more
This is a wonderful collection of short stories by various well-known authors in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. The stories all center on magic in one way or another, though the way it is approached is different depending on the author. There are the classic wizards tales to more modern takes on magic. The stories span time periods from the past all the way to the distant future. Definitely a good read and recommended for those who enjoy fantasy.
Contents: Introduction by John Joseph Adams --
In the lost lands / George R.R. Martin -- 5 stars
Family tree / David Barr Kirtley -- 4 stars
John Uskglass and the Cambrian charcoal burner / Susanna Clarke -- 3.5 stars
Wizard's apprentice / Delia Sherman -- 4 stars
The sorcerer Minus / Jeffrey Ford -- 3.5 stars
Life so dear or peace so sweet / C. C. Finlay --
Card sharp / Rajan Khanna -- 4 stars
So deep that the bottom could not b...more
This was a fun read. Anthologies are a special treat for me, because I discover so much. I discovered Laura Anne Gilman from an anthology. I enjoyed the short story so much I soon had the first two or three books of the Retrievers series in my hands. After nine books in two series (Her latest Dragon Justice is out, but I'm a cheapskate, so I'm waiting, of course, if I read correctly it's also her last novel in this particular literary universe, which doesn't make me want to go out and read it in...more
First of all, I did not get this book because I have a great interest in fantasy writing or wizards in general. The reason behind the request I put in to my local library, was for one story alone, The Ereshkigal Working, a Johannes Cabal story by Jonathan Howard. That story, at least, did not disappoint. The other 3...more
I enjoyed George R.R. Martin's "In the Lost Lands," a demonstration of the importance of being careful what you wish for, and Delia Sherman's "The Wizard's Apprentice," a charming tale of a runaway stumbling into a bookstore run by an evil wizard -- it says so right...more
In The Lost Lands by George R. R. Martin - An excellent story from the master of mythology. The kind of tale that I can easily see as a small chapter in the next Song of Ice and Fire novel. The entire story was told with a sense of foreboding that came to fruition with the...more
There's also Neil Gaiman's How to Sell the Ponti Bridge, which I'd read somewhere else.
Lo que mas me gustó es como en pocas historias se puede dar un recorrido entre los diferentes tipos de magos, hechiceros y brujos, todos teniendo varios elementos en común pero siendo tan diferentes como sus autores lo son. También me a...more
As others have said, this collection did not turn me on to any new writers. I do have to admit that toward the end of the volume, I began skipping stories set in medieval worlds. They all began to sound much the same.
Although other reviewers have noted t...more
Particular favorites included Family Tree and The Wizards of Perfil. I also really like Into The Lost Lands, but had read it previously in a different collection.
Overall, this is good for some casual reading but isn’t near the top of my list of short story collections from the last few years.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Obviously they're short stories, but many of them I really felt the characters got underdeveloped.
Of course the stories that were good went all too fast, and left me wanting more.
If you're a fan of fantasy, then I'd recommend you pick this up. Even if not every story is to your liking, there's bound to be one or two that'll lead you to an author you've never thought of picking up before.