This collection of short stories has nothing to do with magic school, despite the title. Don't expect any Harry Potter type stories here. In fact, quite a few of the stories seem experimental and, as a result, incomprehensible. Some, however, are worth reading. You probably won't want to keep the book, though. The stories worth reading are:
"Condillac's Statue": A man puts memory-less mature brain tissue into a statue and through sensory inputs gives it smell, hearing, and sight in an effort to see what decisions it makes about the things it sees/etc. An unexpected result ensues.
"Big Sam": She marries a man who eats a lot more as winter gets nearer, and gets increasingly difficult to wake up. Cute story.
"The Man Who Could Not See Devils": If everyone around you could see the supernatural and you couldn't, would you be at a disadvantage ... or not?
"Ringing the Changes": scifi. People have learned how to move consciousness from one body to the other and do so as a "vacation". Only this time it goes wrong and they're having quite a time getting people back into the correct bodies.
"Morning Glory": An exploration into the intelligence (or possibility of such) for plants, and tantalizing hints about how plant intelligence may mimic the collective human society's intelligence.
"The Devil You Don't": Posits beings from another plane of existence who 'eat' the energy that provides luck/unluck. Throw in a concerned Lucifer and you get a funny, but thoughtful story.
A wonderful romp through a world filled with Roald Dahl's quirky characters. Charlie succeeds because he's a nice, decent kid and the other children are brats. Unlike the real world, in Dahl's worlds, nice wins!
some very enjoyable stories in this book; one or two incomprehensible ones, but not enough to detract from my liking the book overall. Some of the elves are Sidhe-type elves, like the ones from Tolkien, and some are the little elves, Santa-type or shoemaker-type elves.
This is one of the funniest stand-alone fantasies I have ever read. Unlike some comedic fantasies, this one derives its giggles from the characters and the plot, not simplistic puns, making it even better.
I loved this book. The Fuzzies are adorable (kind of like intelligent, affectionate teddybears). Although the book has plenty of action, it lacks the angst of many current writers. Which is really good when you've got enough angst in real life and you just want an escape.
This is a great book that turns every sword and sorcery quest book on its head, without trying actually portray evil acts as good. Evil is just as scarily evil as it should be, and good is just as earnest, confused, and ultimately triumphant as it should be. The author has left room for the possibility of a sequel, and I can't wait to read it.
This is the first book about the Fuzzies. Little Fuzzy is the first one to make contact with the human race, which he does by slipping by the prospector human into his cabin and investigating the shower. Adorable. How many first contacts happen with the human encountering the sentient teddybear-like creature fiddling with the shower controls? Wonderful book. The only reason I'm posting my copy is because I got the omnibus of this and Fuzzy Sapiens, the second book. The omnibus is called "The Fuzzy Papers."