Retro Review & Giveaway: Wizards — Gaiman, McKillip, Wolfe & More

Time for Retro Review Thursday, digging through the shelves for books from ages past that should be remembered.

Today, I’m talking about an anthology that came out in 2007, all full of original stories about wizards and magic by some heavy-hitter types of authors. I love anthologies when they’re well done. I get a taste of unfamiliar authors’ works, maybe get to explore a new side of a favorite author’s worldbuilding, and reading a story doesn’t take the time commitment of, say, tackling a 400,000-word epic (can anyone say The Wise Man’s Fear?).

Read on for a chance to win a copy! (And if you already have Wizards or have read it, I’ll substitute another retro read of my choice in a genre of your choice if you win.)

Wizards brings together 18 authors, each with his or her own take on wizardry, and it was originally marketed as a Young Adult title, although I’m not quite sure why. The stories are a mix of urban fantasy and high fantasy.

Included are:
*Neil Gaiman, “The Witch’s Headstone” (An early story of Bod Owens, which preceded The Graveyard Book by a couple of years and is described as “a sneak peek at a work in progress.”)
* Garth Nix, “Holly and Iron,” a mix of English legends
* Mary Rosenblum, “Color Vision”
* Kage Baker, “The Ruby Incomparable”
* Eoin Colfer, “A Fowl Tale”
* Jane Tolen, “Slipping Sideways Through Eternity”
* Tad Williams, “The Stranger’s Hands”
* Patricia A. McKillip, “Naming Day”
* Elizabeth Hand, “Winter’s Wife”
* Andy Duncan, “A Diorama of the Infernal Regions, or The Devil’s Ninth Questions”
* Peter S. Beagle, “Barrens Dance”
* Nancy Kress, “Stone Man”
* Jeffrey Ford, “The Manticore Spell”
* Tanith Lee, “Zinder”
* Terry Bisson, “Billy and the Wizard”
* Terry Dowling, “The Magickers”
* Gene Wolfe, “The Magic Animal”
* Orson Scott Card, “Stonefather”

Want to win a copy of Wizards? As with all the retro reviews, this is a used copy, but is a hardback in great condition (i.e., no smokers). Just tell me your favorite wizard (and yes, Gandalf counts)! As always, to enter: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet/Retweet.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

11 thoughts on “Retro Review & Giveaway: Wizards — Gaiman, McKillip, Wolfe & More

  1. I’ve never heard of this anthology but it has stories by several writters I like. My favorite wizard is Dumbledore.

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  2. Oh man, I forgot Dumbledore. Dumbledore or Gandalf..that’s a tough one. Think I’m going with Dumbledore from the books and Gandalf from the movies.

  3. My favourite wizard is probably Rincewind – much more human and fallible than that other lot, despite the unpicking of Dumbledore’s reputation in the last book!
    I think I’ve read the three stories in here that most intrigue me, though I’d like to have a look at the Peter S Beagle one.

  4. Gandalf’s my favourite wizard because the movies were great but I do like Dumbledore a lot too.
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  5. While I love Gandalf & Dumbledore & Rincewind, too, my fave wizard is Harry Dresden. 🙂

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  6. I’ll have to go with Dumbledore too. I can’t think I’ve read many other books with wizards in them.

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  7. Bit of a shame if we don’t have a Blogger account to follow it with. Do we get a point for subscribing to the RSS feed?

    In any case, I think my absolute favourite wizard ever would have to be Christopher Chant, from Diana Wynne Jones’ Chrestomanci series. (He only barely edges out Howl Jenkins from the HMC series by the same author.) He is an absolute ponce and utterly fascinating, hilarious, and annoying at the same time. I love him. (And just when I thought I couldn’t love him any more, I discovered this artist’s fanart of him, and my love redoubled.)

    After Christopher and Howl, I guess my third favourite would have to be Kethry from Mercedes Lackey’s Oeathblood series – provided that mages count as wizards. (And we could be here all day debating that…)

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  8. Do magicians count? If so my vote is Telemain from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.
    If not either Gandalf or Harry Dresden.

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    Laura J.

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    My all time favorite wizard is Sun Wolf from Barbara Hambly’s “Ladies of Mandrigyn” and “Witches of Wenshar” He accidentally survives and becomes a wizard instead of a mercenary. Much fun and games.

  10. I think all the wizards mentioned are great and my choice would probably be Rincewind from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett.

    But then I have to adnit to being a great fan of his satires and loving almost all his characters.

    I am rather surprised that no one has mentioned possibly the most famous of all wizards in one of his very many incarnations. I am talking about MERLIN.

    Thanks for the giveaway and please enter me.

    Carol T

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