Most of the stories are quite good. A little dark magic mixed with humor and horror.
Fifteen short stories by masters of fantasy and science fiction exploring the possibilities of a *real* magic shop. Susan Sizemore, P.M. Elrod, Laura Resnick, Rosemary Edghill and others. Edited by Denise Little. Anthologies of stories based on a theme are very popular in the fantasy and science fiction world. Quality is erratic at best, though most contain at least one gem. None of these stories are outstanding, but all are good and most are fun. This is one of the better collections I have read.
Everyone could sometimes use a little magic in their lives, couldn't they? . . . and wouldn't it be great if some of the magic shops scattered throughout our cities and small towns actually sold real magic rather than tricks and illusions? Wouldn't it? . . .
Take a walk through some tales (and some cities)where there are magic shops that really ARE magic shops . . .
Moments of shivery apprehension---moments of overwhelming awe---moments when you just don't know WHAT to think . . .
Stories by Susan Sizemore, P.N. Elrod, Jody Lynn Nye, India Edghill, Laura Resnick, Josepha Sherman, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Rosemary Edghill and others.
The only reason I got this book was for the Bast story (A Winter's Tale) by Rosemary Edghill. For those of you who know what I'm talking about, this short story takes place after the Bast novels. It still leaves you wanting more, but it was still a good read. As for the other stories, they were ok. A couple would make great novels, but for the most part if I had to choose between taking and leaving I would leave 'em. I rated this book so highly simply for the fact that it contains a Bast story.