Saturday, July 31, 2010

Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy

Edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

I've let my "fantasy" reading slack off a bit. It was good to get back and this collection of short stories was a good starting place. Each author's story is prefaced with a brief biography and a catalogue of his/her works. If I follow up on these various authors I'll finish off the summer reading fantasy. (Ah--but my stack of books "to read" does not include much fantasy. I guess I'll just need to buy some and add them to the stack. Of my favorites in this collection:
  • "Holly and Iron" by Garth Nix (I haven't really read Nix, although I know he is popular. This may prompt me into an exploration of his works.)
  • "Color Vision" by Mary Rosenblum (A new author to me. This is another collection to add to my stack.)
  • "Naming Day" by Patricia A. McKillip
  • "Winter's Wife" by Elizabeth Hand (Wonderful! Great balance of realistic/fantasy and important environmental considerations.
  • "A Diorama of the Infernal Regions, or the Devil's Ninth Question" by Andy Duncan
  • "Stone Man" by Nancy Kress
  • "Stonefather" by Orson Scott Card
I recommend the collection and also recommend reading additional works by each of the authors names above.

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