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Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron

de Jonathan Strahan (Editor)

Altres autors: Peter S. Beagle (Col·laborador), Holly Black (Col·laborador), Jim Butcher (Col·laborador), Isobelle Carmody (Col·laborador), Charles de Lint (Col·laborador)13 més, Neil Gaiman (Col·laborador), Frances Hardinge (Col·laborador), Ellen Klages (Col·laborador), Ellen Kushner (Col·laborador), Margo S. Lanagan (Col·laborador), Tanith Lee (Col·laborador), Patricia A. McKillip (Col·laborador), Garth Nix (Col·laborador), Diana Peterfreund (Col·laborador), Tim Pratt (Col·laborador), M. Rickert (Col·laborador), Delia Sherman (Col·laborador), Jane Yolen (Col·laborador)

Sèrie: Innkeeper's World (Short story "Great-Grandmother in the Cellar", 1.5)

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An anthology of short fiction about witches.

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For my Dresden Files readthrough.
2.2 - B is for Bigfoot
  hexenlibrarian | May 19, 2020 |
This is a collection of fantasy and urban fantasy stories from a variety of very famous fantasy authors. I’ve had in on my shelf to read for awhile. To be honest, while this was an okay collection of stories, it wasn’t great. There really weren’t any stories in here that grabbed me and absolutely sucked me in. I have rated them below and provided a brief description and thoughts on each.

Out of all the stories there were only a fews that really stick with me a few days after reading the book. Garth Nix’s “A Handful of Ashes” had excellent world-building and was an engaging read that I enjoyed. Ellen Kushner’s “The Threefold World” was beautifully written and had a very classic fantasy feel to it. “Which Witch” by Patricia A. McKillip was great fun to read and was an action packed urban fantasy that I really enjoyed. I also enjoyed Jane Yolen’s history of Hans Christian Andersen in “Andersen’s Witch”.

Overall this was an okay collection, but honestly I didn’t love it. I thought more of this was okay than was awesome. See below for details by story. Additionally I should mention this is an adult collection of fantasy stories (for some reason the cover had me thinking this was a middle grade collection of fantasy and it is definitely not).

“Stray Magic”, Diana Peterfreund (4/5 stars)
This was a cute story about a stray dog that is more than she seems to be. I liked it and thought it was interesting, touching, and sweet.

“Payment Due”, Frances Hardinge (3/5 stars)
In this story an older woman loses something special to her and a younger witch gets revenge for her. This was an okay story.

“A Handful of Ashes”, Garth Nix (4/5 stars)
This was a well done longer story. Nix did an excellent job of creating a believable and interesting world here with characters that you care about. This is about a school of young witches; a few of the witches end up having to counter an evil summoning.

“Little Gods”, Holly Black (3/5 stars)
This was an okay story that explains some Wiccan ceremonies. Not a lot happens in it and in general it was pretty boring, but okay.

“Barrio Girls”, Charles de Lint (4/5 stars)
This was a decent story about a couple of teen girls who go out looking for vampires at night and find something a bit different than they were expecting. I enjoyed it.

“Felidis”, Tanith Lee (3/5 stars)
In this story a young wandering man meets and falls in love with a woman who is half cat and half woman. As the story progresses she finds out she has many secrets. It was okay, but I thought it was a bit hard to read and didn’t flow all that well.

“Witch Work”, Neil Gaiman (4/5 stars)
This was a poem about a witch. I liked it and it was fine.

“The Education of a Witch”, Ellen Klages (4/5 stars)
This was a story about a young girl who is obsessed with Maleficent from Disney movies; this repels the people around her. When the young girl, Lizzie, finds out she has magic powers she takes it out on those around her. It was an entertaining story but it ended just as things were getting interesting.

“The Threefold World”, Ellen Kushner (4/5 stars)
This was the most well written story of the bunch so far. It is beautifully written with writing that flows very well. It’s about a man who flees his homeland to become a scholar and snubs all history from his native homeland. Then he meets and old man who shows him that his native homeland might provide answers to deep questions. I loved the folklore feel to it and loved how the main character grew and changed.

“The Witch in the Wood”, Delia Sherman (4/5 stars)
So far this is my second favorite story. I loved the magic and fae elements to it and enjoyed both the main characters. It’s about a young woman who is a very isolated witch; she meets and saves a young man who turns into a stag. Then she must unravel the curse around him.

“Which Witch”, Patricia A. McKillip (4/5 stars)
This was a cute and edgy urban fantasy story about a band (literally a musical band) of witches that ends up having to confront a horrible evil. I enjoyed it a lot; it was snappy and fast-paced and fun.

“The Carved Forest”, Tim Pratt (4/5 stars)
In this story an older brother goes to save his sister from apprenticeship to a witch only to find that the witch very literally controls the well-being of everyone in her town. This was a creative idea and generally entertaining. I enjoyed it.

“Burning Castles”, M. Rickert (2/5 stars)
I didn’t really like this story much. It’s very short and very ambiguous; I didn’t completely understand what was going on. It’s seems to be about a mother and daughter and the mother’s abusive husband.

“The Stone Witch”, Isobelle Carmody (4/5 stars)
This was an entertaining story in which a middle aged woman who doesn’t like children, ends up with a child as a familiar and off on a strange quest to prove that she deserves to be taught how to use her late-blooming with powers. I enjoyed it.

“Andersen’s Witch”, Jane Yolen (4/5 stars)
Another well done Yolen story in which we learn the supposed history of Hans CHristian Andersen and how he came up with all those wonderful children’s stories. I enjoyed this story a lot.

“B Is for Bigfoot”, Jim Butcher (4/5 stars)
This is a short Harry Dresden story in which Dresden is asked to help a half-Yeti boy deal with bullies. It wasn’t all that exciting but was decently written and I enjoyed it.

“Great-Grandmother in the Cellar”, Peter S. Beagle (4/5 stars)
When an evil wizard puts a young man’s sister into eternal sleep he takes is upon himself to seek aid from his dead grandmother. This was a well done story and I enjoyed the characters and the resolution to the story.

“Crow and Caper, Caper and Crow”, Margo Lanagan (3/5 stars)
This was an okay story about a grandmother witch named Pen who goes to her granddaughter’s birth only to discover there are secrets she doesn’t know both about his daughter-in-law and the new granddaughter. Not much happens in this story, it was okay but not great. ( )
  krau0098 | Dec 11, 2016 |
A collection of witchy short stories from well-known writers like Neil Gaiman (author of Coraline) and Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles) will get you “in the spirit” just in time for Halloween!
  mcmlsbookbutler | Oct 18, 2016 |
*** “Stray Magic”, Diana Peterfreund
A sentimental and cute story with a message - about a kindly animal shelter worker, and the magical dog that comes into her care.

*** “Payment Due”, Frances Hardinge
After an uncaring agent repossesses her grandmother's belongings, a young witch decides to take revenge into her own hands. A sense of street justice and a vein of real creepiness runs through this.

*** “A Handful of Ashes”, Garth Nix
A tale of a plot to overthrow the administration of a witches' college comes with a message about bullying and sticking up for oneself. Definitely one for Harry Potter fans.

**** “Little Gods”, Holly Black
I'm sure that many people who were drawn to pick up this book will be able to relate to this story of a young woman who's just joined a Wiccan coven. The message here, as I see it, is that although religion may disappoint, there's true magic to be found in friendship.

*** “Barrio Girls”, Charles de Lint
A couple of bad-ass young women get their revenge on the witch who did them a bad turn. Brings new meaning to the term, 'killing them with kindness.'

**** “Felidis”, Tanith Lee
Lovely, classic-feeling fairy tale of a young man, out to seek his fortune, who meets an unusual cat lady (in multiple senses) in the woods.

*** “Witch Work”, Neil Gaiman
a poem

*** “The Education of a Witch”, Ellen Klages
You can read this for free, here:
Previously read in: "The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 7" - In this exploration of sibling jealousy, a young girl takes Disney's Maleficent as a role model - with unexpectedly dramatic results. I can't say I can't relate..."

*** “The Threefold World”, Ellen Kushner
Not so much a story, as an introduction to Elias Lönnrot, the 19th-century Finn who created the definitive collection of his country's folklore, the Kalevala. It's also an argument in favor of folklorists, and the importance of myth - even non-canonical, overlooked stories and legends.

**** “The Witch in the Wood”, Delia Sherman
A fairy tale in the classic style, telling the story of a lonely woman who uses her inherited magic to cure an enchanted prince. The traditional elements are presented in a fresh and unique way, creating a thoroughly enjoyable tale.

**** “Which Witch”, Patricia A. McKillip
I challenge anyone to read this story and not wish they were a part of the rock band described. This tale would fit in really well with Terri Windling's 'Bordertown' series. However, the plot elements are very slight, and cry out for further development...

** “The Carved Forest”, Tim Pratt
In search of his rebellious teen sister, a young man discovers a witch who holds a truly creepy secret about his town. Some nice imagery here, but deducting a star for the truly annoying message that young people should have to wait until they're 18 to make any responsible decisions about their lives.

*** “Burning Castles”, M. Rickert
A teenager sabotages her free-spirited mother's new relationship. Does she have reason, or is it just jealousy? Disturbing and ambiguous - and sad, either way.

** “The Stone Witch”, Isobelle Carmody
Well-crafted tale, but points deducted for the assumption that anyone who chooses to remain independent and child-free must be a 'damaged' person in some way, who needs to be 'fixed' by the insertion of a needy child into their life.

*** “Andersen’s Witch”, Jane Yolen
Beautifully written, like everything Yolen does. She's one of the few who could legitimately tackle a fairytale about the life of Hans Christian Andersen himself. However, points deducted for the totally unnecessary insertion of Jesus.

** “B Is for Bigfoot”, Jim Butcher
This is a story about standing up to bullies in school and sticking up for yourself. The supernatural elements are wholly gratuitous.

**** “Great-Grandmother in the Cellar”, Peter S. Beagle
Previously read in: "The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 7" "Excellent, traditional-feeling fantasy story. A young woman is cast into a magical sleep by her no-good suitor, and her brother must call on his deceased but magical great-grandmother to help remedy the situation."

**** “Crow and Caper, Caper and Crow”, Margo Lanagan
A fairy godmother (or, more accurately, witchy grandmother) comes to bestow magical gifts upon a newborn child - but finds more than she bargained for. Very nicely done; great imagery here. Classic fairytale elements are seamlessly woven in to a contemporary story.

3.16 average equals 3 stars. ( )
1 vota AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I've read the two other short stories that have Irwin and his father in them. Finally found this one, that has been referenced in the other stories. It's in a teen book of short stories. Nice starter for the thread. Only story I read though. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
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Strahan, JonathanEditorautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Beagle, Peter S.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Black, HollyCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Butcher, JimCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Carmody, IsobelleCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
de Lint, CharlesCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Gaiman, NeilCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Hardinge, FrancesCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Klages, EllenCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Kushner, EllenCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Lanagan, Margo S.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Lee, TanithCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
McKillip, Patricia A.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Nix, GarthCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Peterfreund, DianaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Pratt, TimCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Rickert, M.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Sherman, DeliaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Yolen, JaneCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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