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Curses, Inc. and Other Stories by Vivian Vande Velde
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Nov 28, 07

Read in December, 2002

This is a collection of short fantasy. Some of them set in traditional fairy tale backdrops and others are in modern settings. Most of the stories are about kids aged 12-16 using magic for personal gain and discovering that the end results are not always what they expcected or wanted. My favorite short story was "Curses Inc" itself. A cheapskate boy discovers a website that offers curses and hexes. He decides to curse a classmate he hates, but refuses to spend enough money to make the curses actually effective. Each of the curses backfire and the ending is very clever. Most of the stories are humorous and make for fun, light reading. Read Alikes: The Rumplestiltskin Problem and A Well Timed Enchantment

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