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.
*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.