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Jeremy (the1germ) | 96 comments Mod
Discussion thread for The Book of Magic. Set for release on October 16th, 2018. This anthology contains the Megan Lindholm short story, Community Service, an urban fantasy set in modern day Tacoma, Washington. This story may be a precursor for her next feature novel.

Full discussion is welcome for any of the short stories, but please mark your spoilers!

Content:

- The Return of the Pig by K. J. Parker
- Community Service by Megan Lindholm
- Flint and Mirror by John Crowley
- The Friends of Masquelayne the Incomparable by Matthew Hughes
- The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror: Chapter Two: Jumping Jack in Love by Ysabeau S. Wilce
- Song of Fire by Rachel Pollack
- Loft the Sorcerer by Eleanor Arnason
- The Governoer by Tim Powers
- Sungrazer by Liz Williams
- The Staff in the Stone by Garth Nix
- No Work of Mine by Elizabeth Bear
- Widow Maker by Lavie Tidhar
- The Wolf and the Manticore by Greg Van Eekhout
- The Devil’s Whatever by Andy Duncan
- Bloom by Kate Elliott
- The Fall and Rise of the House of the Wizard Malkuril by Scott Lynch


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Silvana (silvaubrey) Oh this one looks like a nice collection. Tim Powers and John Crowley too.


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DivaDiane | 10 comments Stellar!


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Jeremy (the1germ) | 96 comments Mod
This came out yesterday! I picked up my copy today and look forward to reading it this evening.

Hobb posted recently about what she's been up to. Sounds like we'll be hearing a lot more from Lindholm and this Celtsie character.

http://www.meganlindholm.com/2018/10/...


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Alfred Haplo (alfredhaplo) | 550 comments Thanks for the update! That also reminds me I ought to get with reading the first two free stories here. That aside, as much as I respect Lindholm's works, I wish to also hear more of Hobb's works...


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Lucy | 11 comments Alfred wrote: "Thanks for the update! That also reminds me I ought to get with reading the first two free stories here. That aside, as much as I respect Lindholm's works, I wish to also hear more of Hobb's works..."

Megan Lindholm IS Robin Hobb.....


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Alfred Haplo (alfredhaplo) | 550 comments Yes, most fans would know that, and both are pen names of Ogden.

As Lindholm, she almost only writes urban fantasies whereas as Hobb, she writes epic fantasies. Updates from Lindholm means more urban fantasy in the works, which is nice, but I hope she would also some day, writing as Hobb, continue with The Realm of the Elderlings. Hope that clarifies...


Karl -- My reading and rating update as of Thursday, November 1, 2018:

xi - Introduction by Gardner Dozois - **
003 - “The Return of the Pig” by K. J. Parker - ***
031 - “Community Service” by Megan Lindholm - ***
061 -“Flint and Mirror” by John Crowley - **

October 31, 2018 – Started Reading - All opinions are my own, I purchased this book. --


Karl -- My reading and rating update as of Friday, November 2, 2018

093 - “The Friends of Masquelayne the Incomparable” by Matthew Hughes - *****

125 - “The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror: Chapter Two: Jumping Jack in Love” by Ysabeau S. Wilce - **

– Started Reading - October 31, 2018 –All opinions are my own, I purchased this book. --


message 10: by Karl (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karl -- My reading and rating update as of Saturday, November 3, 2018

147 - “Song of Fire” by Rachel Pollack - ****

187 - “Loft the Sorcerer” by Eleanor Arnason - ****

217 - “The Governor” by Tim Powers - **

Started Reading - October 31, 2018 –All opinions are my own, I purchased this book. --


message 11: by Karl (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karl -- My reading and rating update as of Sunday, November 4, 2018


243 - “Sungrazer” by Liz Williams - ****

271 - “The Staff in the Stone” by Garth Nix - ****

Started Reading - October 31, 2018 –All opinions are my own, I purchased this book. --


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Silvana (silvaubrey) seems to be varied in quality...


message 13: by Karl (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karl Silvana wrote: "seems to be varied in quality..."

-- Most of the stories I have read so far are average, not mu h to knock one's socks off yet. --


message 14: by Karl (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karl -- My reading and rating update as of Monday, November 5, 2018

303 - “No Work of Mine” by Elizabeth Bear - ***

Started Reading - October 31, 2018 –-


message 15: by Karl (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karl -- My reading and rating update as of Thursday, November 8, 2018

327 - “Widow Maker” by Lavie Tidhar - ***

Started Reading - October 31, 2018 –-


message 16: by Karl (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karl -- My reading and rating update as of Friday, November 9, 2018

361 - “The Wolf and the Manticore” by Greg Van Eekhout - **

Started Reading - October 31, 2018 –-


message 17: by Karl (last edited Nov 10, 2018 01:21PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karl -- My reading and rating update as of Saturday, November 10, 2018

393 - “A Night at the Tarn House” by George R. R. Martin - *****

Started Reading - October 31, 2018

story can be read (or listened to) here free at Clarksworld Magazine (2013 reprint)

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/marti...

First published in "Songs of the Dying Earth", edited by by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

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message 18: by Karl (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karl -- My reading and rating update as of Sunday, November 11, 2018

431 - “The Devil’s Whatever” by Andy Duncan - ***

Started Reading - October 31, 2018 --


message 19: by Karl (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karl -- My reading and rating update as of Monday, November 12, 2018

467 - “Bloom” by Kate Elliott - ****

Started Reading - October 31, 2018 --


message 20: by Karl (new) - rated it 3 stars

Karl -- My reading and rating update as of Tuesday, November 13, 2018

513 - “The Fall and Rise of the House of the Wizard Malkuril” by Scott Lynch - ****

Started Reading - October 31, 2018

Review here->

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

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Jeremy (the1germ) | 96 comments Mod
Finally got around to read this tonight. The Megan Lindholm story, anyway.

I quite enjoyed this. Solid 4/5 stars, and much better than the Hobb story we got in The Book of Swords imo. Celtsie is very well developed, and there's lots of breadcrumbs dropped hinting to a deeper history that I hope to see explored.

It actually reminded me a lot of Stephen King, kind of along the lines of Doctor Sleep.

Spoilery reactions: (view spoiler)

Haven't read any of the other stories in the anthology, and sadly not sure that I will.


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