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Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane [Kindle Edition]

Audrey Niffenegger , Sarah Lotz , Dan Abnett , Gail Z. Martin , Jonathan Oliver
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'This is a spellbinding collection, and ideal reading for a season that lives and dies by its surprises.' --Tor.com

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They gather in darkness, sharing ancient and arcane knowledge as they manipulate the very matter of reality itself. Spells and conjuration; legerdemain and prestidigitation – these are the mistresses and masters of the esoteric arts.
From the otherworldly visions of Conan Doyle’s father in Audrey Niffenegger’s ‘The Wrong Fairy’ to the diabolical political machinations of Dan Abnett’s ‘Party Tricks’, here you will find a spell for every occasion.
Jonathan Oliver, critically acclaimed editor of The End of The Line and House of Fear, has brought together sixteen extraordinary writers for this collection of magical tales.
Within you will find works by Audrey Niffenegger, Sarah Lotz, Will Hill, Steve Rasnic and Melanie Tem, Liz Williams, Dan Abnett, Thana Niveau, Alison Littlewood, Christopher Fowler, Storm Constantine, Lou Morgan, Sophia McDougall, Gail Z. Martin, Gemma Files and Robert Shearman.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 659 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Solaris; Original edition (6 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009W2TXTQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Way to try some authors you may not have. 5 Nov. 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
As a huge fan of the Urban Fantasy genre, there are times when there are authors that have piqued your interest but you aren't quite sure if it's worth a punt with your hard earned money or whether you want to stay the course with a name that you know and trust.

So within this book is a whole host of talent from the well-known Dan Abnett and Audrey Niffenger though to authors like Storm Constantine (whom I had heard of but hadn't the finances to try until now.) What occurs within this book that has been lovingly edited by Jonathan Oliver, is a whole host of stories all centring around magic be it plain out and out or the more subtle shades that vary within our everyday live's. It's cleverly crafted, full of tales to pull you in and is a great way to spend travel journey times or that lunch break when you really want to get away the real world. All in a cracking book and one I was more than happy to spend time with.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Magic! 30 Oct. 2012
Format:Paperback
As a hardcore fantasy reader magic is part and parcel of my reading and I consider a well-thought-out and realised magic system as a thing of beauty. So an anthology based around the concept of magic had to be something I enjoyed. So, you'll probably be unsurprised to discover that I did enjoy Magic: An Anthology Of The Esoteric And Arcane quite a lot. What surprised me was that, while magic is the common denominator in all of these stories, no two forms of magic are the same and in some of them it's more pervasive than in others. There is also a rather amazing diversity of settings and not all of these are fantasy, some are horror! Most, if not all, are set in the 'real' world, even if that world is pervaded by the magical or supernatural.

I first learned of this anthology when Solaris announced they had snagged Audrey Niffenegger to be one of its contributors. Her name drew my attention, not because I'd read any of her work before, but because she's one of those rare genre beasts, an author who is embraced by the mainstream. So much so, that I hadn't even realized that she was a genre writer. I do hope her inclusion here will prompt some non-genre readers to pick up this anthology and discover that speculative fiction isn't as scary a ghetto as they might think. Niffenegger's story The Wrong Fairy was inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's father and, while enjoyable and well-written, it isn't my favourite out of the bunch. Another author with an outside-genre draw is Christopher Fowler. His story The Baby - about a teen girl that gets in over her head and her struggle with her unwanted pregnancy after being raped - was eerily timely given some of the utter bile that was spilled during the US Presidential campaign recently.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection 28 Jan. 2013
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Nice little varied collection this, with the contributions ranging from fantastical and quirky, to downright chilling. 'Shuffle' by Will Hill is worth the entry fee alone in terms of sheer quality, and I've got a feeling that story is going to stay with me for quite a while. A very entertaining anthology. My expectations were surpassed and then some.
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