The Book of Magic
An anthology celebrating the witches and sorcerers of epic fantasy–featuring stories by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Megan Lindholm, and many more!
Hot on the heels of Gardner Dozois’s (Rogues, Old Venus) acclaimed anthology The Book of Swords comes this companion volume devoted to magic. How could it be otherwise? For every Frodo, there is a Gandalf…and a Saruman. For...more
2009 - "Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance"
2010 – "Warriors - a military-themed cross-genre anthology"
2010 - "Songs of Love and Death"
2011 - "Down These Strange Streets"
2013 - "Dangerous Women"
2013 – "Old Mars"
2014 – "Rogues"
2015 - "Old Venus"
2017 - "The Book of Swords"
2018 - "The Book of Magic"
Contents and my story ratings for "The Book of Magic":
xi - Int ...more
Sister anthology of last year's The Book of Swords this one obviously follows the same formula: 17 novelettes, ranging from the medieval to the u ...more
My main takeaway would be not to read this all at once. One story at a time would probably be a welcome entertainment; a bunch of them in sequence felt very tedious to me. (Full disclosure: at some point I started skipping between the stories ...more
Having a great love for Gardner Dozois' science fiction anthologies and loving the cover, I decided to give this collection a whirl. Disappointingly, it rather mi ...more
This is my fourth book of short stories from the ...more
From traditional fantasy to moder ...more
Magic, sorcerers and a fine collection of well-written stories. I liked every one - some quite a bit more than others but I can't say there was a single story in this book that I actively disliked. There was one that I thought might have been improved with a bit more editing but I still enjoyed it.
All of the stories were well written and I was a little surprised to see that all the copyrights were 2018 so these aren't merely an amalgamation of past publications but appe ...more
Best of the bunch:
M. Hughes - "The Friends of Masquelayne the Incomparable"
Y. S. Wilce - "Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror, Chapter II: Jumping Jack in Love"
G. Nix - "The Staff in the Stone"
G. R. R. Martin - "A Night at the Tarn House"
S. Lynch - "The Fall and Rise of the House of the Wi ...more
My favorites were probably the stories by Garth Nix, Tim Powers (for more about governors, check out the Murderbot Diaries!), and Scott Lynch (the best one!).
And I have to admit, I skipped George R. R. Martin and Lavie Tidhar (not my cup of tea).
If you want a book of shorts that will last you a while, then this is a good one to have on hand. (555 pages, you know)
Like all anthologies this has something for everyone.
I like that I can read outside my usual fare without too much investment.
Decent collection of stories.
Some of the narrators were excellent and really added to the story, others I felt detracted for the story.
I think I would have preferred to read this.
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