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The Book of Magic: A Collection of Stories (2018)

af Gardner Dozois (Redaktør)

Andre forfattere: Eleanor Arnason (Bidragyder), Elizabeth Bear (Bidragyder), John Crowley (Bidragyder), Andy Duncan (Bidragyder), Kate Elliott (Bidragyder)12 mere, Matthew Hughes (Bidragyder), Megan Lindholm (Bidragyder), Scott Lynch (Bidragyder), George R. R. Martin (Bidragyder), Garth Nix (Bidragyder), KJ Parker (Bidragyder), Rachel Pollack (Bidragyder), Tim Powers (Bidragyder), Lavie Tidhar (Bidragyder), Greg van Eekhout (Bidragyder), Ysabeau Wilce (Bidragyder), Liz Williams (Bidragyder)

Serier: The Book of Magic (parts I & II)

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"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 award-winning editor 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 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 K. J. Parker (The Two of Swords), Megan Lindholm (The Windsingers), John Crowley (The Deep), Tim Powers (Last Call), Liz Williams (Snake Agent), Elizabeth Bear (Eternal Sky Trilogy), George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), Kate Elliott (The Court of Fives Trilogy), Scott Lynch (The Republic of Thieves), and more--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"--… (mere)

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“The Book of Magic” is, I believe, the last anthology edited by Gardner Dozois, who died suddenly in 2018. As with all of his anthologies, the quality of writing here is superb, coming from the likes of Matthew Hughes, Ysabeau S. Wilce, Eleanor Arnason, Tim Powers, Lavie Tidhar and George R.R. Martin to name a handful. All the stories are original to this volume, except for the Martin, which was originally published in another anthology edited by Mr. Dozois (along with Mr. Martin), “Songs of the Dying Earth.” Of course, each reader will choose different stories as their favourites; in my case, I especially liked Mr. Hughes’ “The Friends of Masquelayne the Incomparable,” Ms. Wilce’s “Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror, Chapter II: Jumping Jack in Love,” Kate Elliott’s “Bloom,” and Scott Lynch’s “The Fall and Rise of the House of the Wizard Malkuril.” Although all the stories are unified by the theme of magic, each is completely unlike each other; after all, magic is a big theme! As mentioned above, however, the quality of each author’s writing here is extremely high and any lover of fantasy (or just good fiction) will find something to love in the volume. I, along with many others, will continue to miss Mr. Dozois’ amazing editing talent for a long time to come. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Jan 10, 2020 |
... Magic predates Art. In fact, Art may have been invented as a tool to express Magic, to give Magic a practical means of execution—to make it work. So that if you go back far enough, artist and sorcerer are indistinguishable, one and the same—a claim that can still be made with a good deal of validity to this very day.
—Gardner Dozois

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 missed the mark for me. Mind, it's not a horrible book. Most of the stories in it are good; however, only two genuinely stood out as excellent tales.

I have no idea if this simply wasn't his best work or if something else altogether was the problem. He was, after all, coming rapidly to the end of his life as he worked on this, not living long enough to even see it published. A person who feels unwell doesn't perform their best.

The two stories that did stand out to me were as follows:

“The Fall and Rise of the House of the Wizard Malkuril” by Scott Lynch
5 stars
Clever and funny, yet with some depth. An altogether charming story.

“The Friends of Masquelayne the Incomparable” by Matthew Hughes
5 stars
A vindictively satisfying story for those of us who revel in the petty. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jul 22, 2019 |
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Dozois, GardnerRedaktørprimær forfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Arnason, EleanorBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Bear, ElizabethBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Crowley, JohnBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Duncan, AndyBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Elliott, KateBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Hughes, MatthewBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Lindholm, MeganBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Lynch, ScottBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Martin, George R. R.Bidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Nix, GarthBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Parker, KJBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Pollack, RachelBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Powers, TimBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Tidhar, LavieBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
van Eekhout, GregBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Wilce, YsabeauBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Williams, LizBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
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"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 award-winning editor 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 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 K. J. Parker (The Two of Swords), Megan Lindholm (The Windsingers), John Crowley (The Deep), Tim Powers (Last Call), Liz Williams (Snake Agent), Elizabeth Bear (Eternal Sky Trilogy), George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), Kate Elliott (The Court of Fives Trilogy), Scott Lynch (The Republic of Thieves), and more--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"--

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