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The Magic Shop

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  12 reviews
All-original stories from P.N. Elrod, Jody Lynn Nye, Michelle West, and others explore the endlessly fascinating possibilities that would arise if a magic shop truly sold magic.
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by DAW
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Kimberly Karalius
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthologies
Def a mixed bag of stories, but there really weren’t any I can say I loved. Great theming though! Who doesn’t love magic shops?
Kathy Davie
Feb 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
An anthology of 15 stories whose themes revolve around a magic shop. This is a nice collection as the stories vary greatly.

Susan Sizemore’s Every Little Thing She Does is a cute romance between a mundane and the owner of a not-too-successful magic shop in Scotland. Overtly, the stubborn Amanda pushes, pokes, and prods Trevor into helping her reduce the spiritual activity in her new-to-her home while covertly introducing him to the joys of outside activities.

P. N. Elrod’s Tarnished Linings is a
Jul 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
The stories here are very heartfelt and engaging. I greatly enjoy these anthologies edited by Denise Little. Ones that stand out for me are "Every Little Thing She Does" by Susan Sizemore, "Dime Store Rings" by Michelle West, and "The Fairest" by Von Jocks. Particular passages I feel are noteworthy: "There is a magic in childhood that slowly fades. Time hurts it, truth changes it, experience makes it something other than what it appeared to be. Magic is all in silence." "Silence is a way of hoar ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
The usual mix of stories: some funny, some sad, a few that are excellent ("Winter Phoenix" by India Edghill, "The Assassin's Dagger" by Kristin Kathryn Rush & "Grails" by Bradley H. Sinor), the occasional disaster ("Serpent of the Lakes" by Mel Odom: the story could be nice but the author's style is awful, reminded me of bad 1950s children's books & "Dime Store Rings" by Michelle West: only enjoyable if you like very, very sentimental stories that are designed to make you cry) and a solid medioc ...more
I've only read Michelle West's short story.

In this story, we see a woman’s memories of when she was young and used to go shopping each Christmas with her father to buy a gift for her mother. For that they went in a magic shop. Now an adult, she comes back to this shop to buy another Christmas present for her mother who is in a nursing home. Her mother has changed a lot after the father’s death and she is hoping to get her something that will move her again. I enjoyed this story and found it very
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it
An alright collection, seemed to be more flops then gems, but there are a few lovely stories in here though. A word of warning though, if you tend to read at work then I might suggest skip Michelle West's Dime Store Rings because coworkers might look at you funny for sobbing during your lunch break. ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
“Collection of shorts stories with a "magic shop" used as a central theme. Favorite's include: Every Little Thing She Does by Susan Sizemore. For Whom The Bell Toll by Jody Lynn Nye, Grails by Bradley H. Sinor and The Curse of the Itch by Bill McCoy. All in all entertaining if a bit too 'chick-littish". Would like to read more by Bradley H. Sinor.”
Rob S wrote this review Monday, June 23, 2008.
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
My current pocketbook paperback, a short story anthology chock full of treasures to be admired - just like the title setting. So far my most surprising gem found is India Edghill's beguiling take on the famous missing Russian princess. Haven't read anything by her before, but now I am sorting through anthologies for her other offerings. ...more
Kay Webb
May 25, 2008 rated it liked it
I read this book off and on for over a year. It took me so long to read because it was my car book for a long time. Plus, since it's an anthology, I could finish a story, even though I still had more to go.

I liked most of the stories.
Jessica Hollo
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nice mix of stories, kept pace well, a good thing to pick up, put down and read here and there.
Cat Noe
Not a bad little collection, sort of hit-and-miss, like most anthologies. Keeps up a pretty good atmosphere.
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
A book of short stories involving all sorts of magic.
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