Friday, November 2, 2007

Wizards, Inc. - Edited by M. Greenberg & L. Coleman

Wizards, Inc
Edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Loren L. Coleman
DAW – Penguin Group, USA
November 6, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-7564-0439-0

Jamaica by Orson Scott Card: Jam finds himself the pawn in a power struggle between The Emperor of the Air and his followers who would do anything for power.

Audition by Steve Perry: When Will Preston is sent to find out who is behind trying to destroy one of his boss’s mills, what he discovers is a talented and beautiful woman.

Back Door Magic by Phaedra M. Weldon: When an injured man shows up looking for help, Brenda learns that she has a valuable talent she never knew she had.

Occupational Hazard by Mike Resnick: Harry the Book takes on a new partner in order to avoid another deal gone wrong, and finds himself rethinking his end in the business.

Ties that Bind by Annie Reed: When her father died, Nell took over the company with his old partner Gris. Now the same evil that took her father’s life is out to get theirs.

Hostile Takeover by Nina Kiriki Hoffman: Terry finds Gareth, a young witch whose gifts have been muted with a spell, and she plans to help him open up to those powers.

A Different Way into the Life by Jay Lake: A wizard realizes there’s more to the young woman she’s searching for, and sets out to use her skills to unravel the mystery.

Disaster Relief by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Winston uses his talent to locate an acquaintance and ends up doing a very good deed.

Kidpro by Laura Anne Gilman: It’s Richard’s thirteenth birthday, and he’s not nearly as excited as he should be. Life working magic for Kidpro is about to change in a big way.

Stocks and Bondage by Esther M. Friesner: Kurlian signs a contract that magically changes afterwards, and finds himself in a position that could ruin his future forever.

The Keeper of the Morals by Dean Wesley Smith: Nearly at the top of the corporate ladder, James realizes that his morals have disappeared, but he knows where to find them.

Cosmic Balances Inc. by Kristine Grayson: Grint missed a blessing that gave a cursed man a spot in line at the Pearly Gates, now he has to right the wrong before it’s too late.

Theobroma by Diane Duane: Ken’s assignment to find a replacement employee for a chocolate shop turns into a search for a lost xocolotl.

Chocolate Alchemy by Lisa Silverthorne: Orriana is afraid that Doug will do anything to talk her into franchising her shop. The wrong spelled chocolate could change her mind.

No Rest for the Wicked by Michael A. Stackpole: Trick Molloy is being framed for a crime he didn’t commit, and it comes down to the love of the woman pulling the strings.

Wizards, Inc. is an anthology of fifteen short stories filled with magical mischief. From wizards and witches to elves and goblins, each author tells a tale of power and adds their own brand of mystery, suspense and romance to the strong mix of fantasy. Each story is wonderfully unique and as enchanting as the next.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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