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Mixed Magics by Diana Wynne Jones

Mixed Magics (2000)

by Diana Wynne Jones

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Fours short stories involving Chrestomanci, the enchanter who keeps all the magic from getting out of control. In "Warlock At The Wheel", an irresponsible warlock steals a sportscar and leads the police on a chase, then finds that the car wasn't empty when he stole it. My favorite story was "Carol Oneir's Hundredth Dream" about a spoiled little girl who is also a famous professional dreamer. Her mother has built a cottage industry around her daughter's ability to control her dreams and package them for sale, along with plenty of dream merchandising, but then Carol's dreams stop. ( )
  mstrust | Sep 1, 2018 |
These are four shorts set in the Chrestomanci world. His appearances in them range from not at all to fairly major character but the stories all have that sense of omnipresence that DWJ wrote so well into all of the Chrestomanci tales.

http://webereading.com/2018/03/marchmagics-dwjmarch-week-3-roundup.html ( )
1 vote klpm | Mar 28, 2018 |
The story of the Willing Warlock seemed like a filler episode. It was a pleasure to meet Cat and Tonino again. The last story, Sage of Theare, felt like Ted Chiang for young adults.

(Is anyone else thinking about how Chrestomanci and The Doctor both have several lives, and are often called upon to maintain/restore the balance of the universe and help beings in other worlds and times?) ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
Well, the tales were interesting, but far too short. The first one didn't make any sense at all and didn't connect with anything I knew about the books, therefore making it boring. But the second and third ones were good. The last one was just plain funny. ( )
  jerenda | Jan 20, 2016 |
Slight stories, but fun ( )
  MikeRhode | Sep 26, 2014 |
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A collection of Chrestomanci-based short fiction. Contents include:

*Stealer of Souls

*Carol Oneir's Hundredth Dream

*Warlock at the Wheel

*The Sage of Theare
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In Mixed Magics, celebrated British fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones has gathered together three previously published short stories and one brand new tale about the inventive enchanter with nine lives, Chrestomanci. Fans of Wynne Jones know that Chrestomanci is the powerful sorcerer responsible for making sure that the magical users of the many worlds that run parallel to ours don't mismanage their spells. In "Stealer of Souls," he is pitted against Master Spiderman, an evil monkey-magician who intends to make himself the most potent enchanter of all worlds by stealing the essence of other sorcerers. In "Carol Oneir's Hundredth Dream," Chrestomanci must discover the reason why Carol, a bestselling dreamer (she bottles her exciting dreams for others to sleep through and enjoy) is having dreamer's block. In "Warlock at the Wheel," Chrestomanci is so influential that he doesn't even have to show up--he sends his agent Kathusa to rescue a bewildered warlock from a little girl and her large dog, who, strangely enough, have taken him prisoner. And, in the most thought-provoking story, "The Sage of Theare," Chrestomanci must help a confused teen realize that questioning the will of the gods is not only healthy but necessary! Each story is, in turn, frightening, thoughtful, funny, and wise. Readers of Charmed Life and The Magicians of Caprona will be delighted to discover that Wynne Jones has brought back some well-loved characters from other Chrestomanci novels to engage in exciting new adventures. A mystical, humorous collection with wide appeal for young fantasy buffs. (Ages 10 to 13) --Jennifer Hubert

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An intricately woven tapestry of four stories featuring master enchanter Chrestomanci intertwines old characters with new ones leaving readers mesmerized. Reprint.

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