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Thursday, June 01, 2006
(Because "Anthooooology!" doesn't sound quite as fun)

Just got an email from Chris at BakkaPhoenix – they have Children of Magic in stock!! This has made a very frantic, very confused, very busy day much happier.

Book! With my story!! In stores!! (Really, this never gets old. Does it? I hope not.)

Anyway, in celebration, I’m finally going to post a copy of a starred review that the book received in Publisher’s Weekly (and which I’ve been keeping quiet about for way, way too long, as far as I’m concerned):

Seventeen original stories about young people learning to use magical
powers, both in fantasy worlds and our own, come together in this strong
anthology featuring such writers as Alan Dean Foster, Nancy Holder, Jane
Lindskold and Nina Kiriki Hoffman. Unlike most theme anthologies, almost all
the contributors make good on the premise. Standouts include “Touching
Faith” by Alexander B. Potter, in which an odd little boy investigates TV
faith healing and brain scans as he attempts to come to grips with his gift;
“An End To All Things,” Karina Sumner-Smith’s eerie revelation of a world of
both dark and bright magic; “After School Specials” by Tanya Huff, a hip,
funny look at contemporary wizardry; Sarah A Hoyt’s “Titan,” a twisted tale
of a young Leonardo da Vinci; and a darker glimpse of an alternate
Renaissance Italy in Fiona Patton’s “The Trade.” Strong writing, a love for
the topic and a commitment to crafting short fiction that works make this
collection a real gem.

I can’t wait to see it – though I hope that the cover is less frightening in person than the picture on Amazon would suggest. When I showed Carly that image, it made her scream. New tagline: Children of Magic are coming to get you!

Posted by Karina Sumner-Smith at 2:11 PM


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