Monday, January 21, 2013

Did a lot of reading yesterday

Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric & Arcane. Editors, Audrey Niffenegger and Dan Abnett

I finished this one yesterday as well and I give it 5 stars! 
I am not going to give a synopsis or a long review as I feel it would just be spoiler to the stories.  The editor, Jonathan Oliver, does a spectacular job of introducing readers to the individual stories. 
I will say that even though there were a few that I thought I would pass up on or not like I ended up reading them all and loving something about each one. Of course I have some favorites out of the bunch that I will list.
1. Buttons by Gemma Files
This is a pretty classic plot but the way it's written gives it a fresh feel, which I appreciate in a time when everything seems to be remade.
2. Dumb Lucy by Robert Shearman
The author simplifies the magic of the "age old" good versus evil plot.
3. Cad Coddeu by Liz Williams
If someone asks me why I loved this one I will answer that it is because I don't know.  Trust me, that's not an insult to the author.  The story had its own magic.
4. Do As Thou Wilt by Storm Constantine
We all know someone like the antagonist and that's what makes this plot creepy.

I absolutely recommend this anthology to anyone!  We all need a little magic every once in awhile.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Shay--Sorry to disagree when somebody says something nice about me, but I didn't actually write "Buttons". I wrote "Nanny Grey". Thanks, Gemma Files.