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Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy - Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, Eoin Colfer, and others.

Nineteen authors come together to form a collection of stories filled with wizards, and magical words in both ancient and modern times. The anthology kicks off with Neil Gaiman's "The Witch's Headstone" staring Bod, a boy being raised in a cemetery and ends with "Stonefather" by Orson Scott Card about a boy born in poverty with nothing but his abilities to survive in a hostile world. The main theme is, of course, wizards and how in every age and culture there seems to be different (or maybe not that differrent after all) versions of them, whether they're evil or good - and sometimes both.

I had a really hard time reading this book, it just seemed like the same thing over and over again and after a while, I was terrible bored. I think they overdid it with nineteen so-so stories when several strong ones would have made this anthology a lot better. There were a few stories that I really liked, like Garth Nix's "Holly and Iron" about two princesses trying to take their home back and Patricia A. McKillip's "Naming Day" which was a lovely story about a young witch learning what's important in life. There were a few really interesting ones and I felt those were the ones that truly seemed magical to me. Some of the stories seemed superficial and just a filler for the book, there didn't seemed to be any point to them. Unfortunately, the overall theme seemed very cheesy to me and mediocre at best. I thought this book had the potential of being well, magical, but I was really disappointed.

Book Blurb for Wizards

Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer, and many more join "this magical brew [that] will enchant young adult readers and their elders as well." (Publishers Weekly) In Wizards, today's master fantasists turn their hands to tales of these magical beings, living in both ancient and modern times, as well as in fantasy realms that never were. Featuring stories by New York Times bestselling authors Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer and Garth Nix as well as tales from Kage Baker, Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, Orson Scott Card, Terry Dowling, Andy Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Kress, Tanith Lee, Patricia A. McKillip, Mary Rosenblum, Tad Williams, Gene Wolfe, and Jane Yolen.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2008 2.00