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The Book of Magic by Gardner Dozois
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All the stories are pleasant and entertaining; most of them are pretty generic and unmemorable. "Powerful magicians" is a pretty hoary trope, and while the authors portray it well, it feels like a good rendition of something I've seen a million times before.

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; I might come back later reporting a gem I'd previously missed.)

My favorites here are:
* "Community Service" by Megan Lindholm, is a pitch-perfect low-key urban fantasy piece
* "The Fall and Rise of the House of the Wizard Malkuril," by Scott Lynch, which combines great humor and sentiment imagining the goings-on in a mighty wizard's estate following his sudden demise
* "The Friends of Masquelayne The Incomparable," by Matthew Hughes, is very much Hughes' regular beat of over-the-top curmudgeonly wizards having wizardly catfights for power and prestige. This one is excellently constructed, and full of Hughes' typical excellent humor.



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Reading Progress

November 11, 2018 – Started Reading
November 11, 2018 – Shelved
November 11, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
November 11, 2018 –
page 47
8.5% ""I don't know why anyone has a living room when they could have a library instead." -- Megan Lindholm; "Community Service""
November 30, 2018 – Finished Reading
April 19, 2019 – Shelved as: short-fiction
April 19, 2019 – Shelved as: 2018
April 19, 2019 – Shelved as: hugo2018-reading

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