The book of magic

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Summary
A new anthology celebrating the witches and sorcerers of epic fantasy--featuring stories by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Megan Lindholm, and many others!

Hot on the heels of Gardner Dozois's 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 every Dorothy, a Glinda . . . and a Wicked Witch of the West. What would Harry Potter be without Albus Dumbledore . . . and Severus Snape? Figures of wisdom and power, possessing arcane, often forbidden knowledge, wizards and sorcerers are shaped--or misshaped--by the potent magic they seek to wield. Yet though their abilities may be godlike, these men and women remain human--some might say all too human. Such is their curse. And their glory.

In these pages, seventeen of today's top fantasy writers--including award-winners Elizabeth Bear, John Crowley, Kate Elliott, K. J. Parker, Tim Powers, and Liz Williams--cast wondrous spells that thrillingly evoke the mysterious, awesome, and at times downright terrifying worlds where magic reigns supreme: worlds as far away as forever, and as near as next door.

FEATURING SIXTEEN ALL-NEW STORIES:

"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 Governor" 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

Plus George R. R. Martin's classic story "A Night at the Tarn House" and an introduction by Gardner Dozois
Contents
The return of the pig / K. J. Parker
Community service / Megan Lindholm
Flint and mirror / John Crowley
The friends of Masquelayne the Incomparable / Matthew Hughes
Biography of a bouncing boy terror, chapter II: jumping Jack in love / Ysabeau S. Wilce
Song of fire / Rachel Pollack
Loft the sorcerer / Eleanor Arnason
The governor / Tim Powers
Sungrazer / Liz Williams
The staff in the stone / Garth Nix
No work of mine / Elizabeth Bear
Widow maker / Lavie Tidhar
The wolf and the manticore / Greg Van Eekhout
A night at the Tarn House / George R. R. Martin
The devil's whatever / Andy Duncan
Bloom / Kate Elliott
The fall and rise of the House of the Wizard Malkuril / Scott Lynch.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The final collection from the late, great anthologist and editor Dozois (The Book of Swords) is another superior volume. It seeks, ambitiously, "to cover the whole world of magic" through 17 contributions from a variety of authors. Dozois's selections illustrate the range of possible plot lines involving wizards and other beings capable of using magic to affect the material world, which include a mystery (Garth Nix's atmospheric "The Staff in the Stone," featuring both good and bad female wizards) and a spy story (Greg van Eekhout's "The Wolf and the Manticore"). The best-known contributor, George R.R. Martin, is not at his best here; his "A Night at the Tarn House," set in a world created by Jack Vance, has some clever twists, but the writing is uneven and not at his usual standard. Still, all the authors demonstrate adeptness at worldbuilding within the confines of the short story format, bringing the reader into their imagined realms in just a few paragraphs. This is a fine capstone to Dozois's lengthy career. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Fantasy fiction, American.
Fantasy fiction, English.
Short stories, American.
Short stories, English.
Magic -- Fiction.
Witches -- Fiction.
Wizards -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York :2018.
Edition First edition.
Contributors Dozois, Gardner R., editor.
Language English
Description xvi, 556 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780399593789
0399593780
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