The Shimmering Door

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9780061053429: The Shimmering Door

FROM THE LEADERS OF FANTASTIC FICTION, stories that travel beyond THE SHIMMERING DOOR...

Open and enter...

Every age has known shamans and sorcerers including our own. Katharine Kerr's magical collection brings together some of the finest writers in fantasy to examine the world of spellcasters.

Contributors include:Kate Elliot * Lisa Mason Simon IngsEsther Friesner * Dennis McKiernanDiana Paxson Charles de LintLawrence Watt-Evans Nina Kiriki HoffmanGregory Feeley Mike Resnickand many others

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From Kirkus Reviews:

A veteran fantasy writer's (Freeze Frames, 1995, etc.) anthology of 32 contemporary, original, mostly American stories. Greek myth is well-represented, with tales such as Susan Shwartz's feminist ``Hunters,'' about Artemis' tragic love affair with a mortal, and Esther M. Friesner's amusing if overlong ``Tea,'' about a lustful male aerobics instructor on a cruise ship who finds himself in the middle of a parlor squabble between Circe, Medea, and Prospero. Many efforts here draw upon reserves of deep sorrow: M. John Harrison's ``Seven Guesses of the Heart,'' for example, concerns the inability of magic to comfort a grieving father, and Gregory Feeley's ``The Drowning Cell'' is a sad story about a girl connecting with a boy who, centuries ago, drowned in a debtors' prison. Alternatively, the boy may be only an imaginary playmate, but, in any case, experiencing his sadness enables the girl to free herself of her own troubles. ``I just can't believe in a world where everything is run by science,'' says the main character in Connie Hirsch's amusing romp, ``Wicked Cool,'' which might be a manifesto for fantasy writers; most of these pieces feature some sort of ``magick''--in Hirsch's case, not always the magick of the Old Religion, since her witches fly around contemporary Boston on broomsticks. Mark Kreighbaum's overtitled ``Looking in the Heart of Light, the Silence,'' however, convincingly evokes the allure of the black arts: Two practitioners play out a foreordained scenario on a gloomy winter night in Minneapolis, intoning a series of powerful spells. Magick becomes bittersweet in Karawynn Long's clever commentary on the abortion debate, ``Riddle in Nine Syllables,'' in which a high-school girl invokes a medieval spell to induce a miscarriage in her friend, only to find herself carrying the fetus. Not flawless, but nearly so. -- Copyright 1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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This collection features 32 never-before- published sorcery stories from leading fantasy writers, among them Jo Clayton, Dennis L. McKiernan, and Janet Berliner.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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