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- Print Length: 480 pages
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- Publisher: Prime Books (28 April 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K0N3RIE
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #369,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Some of these stories are quite humorous whilst others take a more serious tone. I've long been a fan of Patricia Briggs and had previously read her story but with the exception of just two all the other stories included here were completely new to me. It was a simply divine way to discover new authors that I might otherwise have completely missed so I for one am really happy that this collection has been published.
These stories are certainly an eclectic mix and if honest one or two didn't really strike a chord with me but I always enjoy these anthologies as it means the reader can just dip in when they want . It's such a fabulous way to discover new authors but obviously I would advise checking which stories if any you have previously read as it would be a bitter disappointment if none were new to you.
As a collection this is a brilliant book. There really were no poor stories here and there were some excellent ones. The lengths varied but there are no novellas - the book as a whole is a nice length and has lots of variety. I shall be looking up some of these authors elsewhere to see if I can find full length novels that they have written.
For the fantasy reader who likes the urban environment as a setting - I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.
This is a total smorgasbord of magic. There is something for everyone in this book. In fact the only thing that isn't here is a vampire story but then again, it is a book about magic.
Each story has a different way of showing how magic works, from using tools and spells to just believing in something. There's a street wizard who helps to keep the streets clean at night, a young boy who willingly becomes a dog-boy to help save his new friend and her grandma. Harry Dresden is hired to break the curse on Wrigley Stadium and a young girl has an invisible German Shepard to protect her.
No matter what flavour of magic you prefer, this is a must read for all.
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And- they were all good, solid, compelling stories. Usually in any anthology, there are at least a couple that, if not duds, are not to my taste. Not in this one. Even the offerings from authors I've tired of a bit were good, and some of the rest were great.
If you are a fan of urban fantasy- or if it intrigues you, but you don't know where to start- start here. I don't think any of the stories require prior reading, and you'll encounter the writing- and often the worlds- of many of the major players in the field.
Highly recommended for those whose tastes run this way.
Which is definitely what happened to me here. I added a couple of authors to my list and will be seeking out their longer-form works in the future. But this anthology in and of itself was a great read because of how varied it was. Despite the title, not all of the stories take place in urban environments. In fact, some are in pretty darn rural and even somewhat desolate locales. It's not the location that matters, though, but the take on magic and supernatural elements mixing with the modern world. This anthology gave a great cross-section of just how rich and interesting the urban fantasy genre really is (it's not all Stephenie Meyer and Laurel K. Hamilton!).
takes on Urban Magic. You need to be willing to go along for the
ride in some of them, and just accept the premise without imposing
rules of convention from other stories.
I read it in two evenings, so I must have enjoyed it.
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