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Book of Enchantments (Point Fantasy) (original 1996; edition 1998)

by Patricia C. Wrede

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Title:Book of Enchantments (Point Fantasy)
Authors:Patricia C. Wrede
Info:Point Fantasy (1998), Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
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Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede (1996)

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    Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories by Garth Nix (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: More well-written, diverse, and original fairy-tale-esque short stories.
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    The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For the frying pan as an armament.
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    Liavek by Will Shetterly (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: The short story Rikiki and the Wizard is set in the city of Liavek, a shared setting created by Wrede and other members of her writing group, the Scribblies. Check out the Liavek series of anthologies for more stories by Wrede and others in this setting.… (more)
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Short stories by the author of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles (LOVE THEM!) and the Kate and Cecelia books. I must have read this years ago because I remembered all the stories. For some reason my abiding favorite is “The Sixty-two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd.” [Jan. 2009] ( )
  maureene87 | Apr 4, 2013 |
Rikiki and the Wizard - An asshole wizard tries to trade his daughter to the gods for fame and fortune. It backfires . . . surprise! The only god that shows up is a blue chipmunk that doesn't want the daughter . . . unless she has chestnuts.
The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn - Poor Princess Elyssa's life is pretty decent. She gets along with her older and younger sisters, and her step-mother is really nice. So she decides to run off and seek her fortune (how scandalous, since that is usually the job of Youngest Princesses), with her parents' blessings. She'll be just fine, because she takes her trusty cat with her. OH WAIT, cats aren't trusty . . . .
Roses by Moonlight - unlike most of Wrede's work, this story has a modern setting. Adrian has banished herself from her younger sister's party, because she doesn't like her sister's friends, or her sister's music, or her sister. While outside smoking and contemplating her hatred, Adrian meets a woman who gives her the opportunity to choose her own future. This one has a true science fiction ending (the kind which doesn't actually end), which I love.
The Sixty-two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd - The Caliph is an impetuous man, and every time someone angers him, annoys him, or brings him bad news, he curses them and their immediate family. He has a list of 62 curses, and he uses them in order on each person who bothers him. (Curse 1 for the first time a person bothers him, Curse 2 for the second time that person bothers him, etc.) For the Caliph's subjects, this is just the way of life. But when the grand vizier and his family are the first people to reach Curse 48, something goes wrong.
Earthwitch - A warrior king pays a visit to the Earthwitch, to get her to help save his kingdom from invaders. After a grueling trek up the mountain, the king realizes that he and the Earthwitch know each other . . .
The Sword-seller - A mercenary visits a shop to buy a sword and is offered a suspiciously nice one for free. He takes it but insists on paying. However, the sword comes with more baggage than the mercenary had counted on.
The Lorelei - Another modern story. A group of American school students are on a trip to Germany. Their bus breaks down near the Lorelei cliff, and they learn the legend of the Lorelei. She is the German version of a Siren, who sings to distract sailors from the rocky outcropings on the Rhine and thus wreck their ships.
Stronger Than Time - A sleeping beauty retelling, with a twist. The prince missed his chance to release Sleeping Beauty's spell, so now he has to find another way.
Cruel Sisters - A haunting tale of jealousy and malice between two sisters, from the viewpoint of a third sister who watches from the sidelines.
Utensile Strength - Cimorene!!!! This is a companion story to the Dealing with Dragons series, and features some beloved characters from it. Cimorene and Mendanbar obtain a magical Frying Pan of Doom, and must hold a tournament to find the knight that this powerful weapon is meant for. A tournament with a bake-off, obviously.
Quick After-Battle Triple Chocolate Cake - Surprise!! This is the award-winning recipe from the bake-off, which Wrede has kindly translated from its original Barbarian. ( )
  norabelle414 | Sep 28, 2012 |
These stories are funny and clever, deep and thoughtful, and often romantic. There is a retelling of sleeping beauty, and retelling of the story of the harp of bones, but also telling of tales that aren't retellings exactly, but show a strong understanding of traditional tales. Like all of Wrede's work, they are worth reading. ( )
  the1butterfly | Jul 29, 2011 |
While I am not familiar with Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles, I enjoyed this anthology of short fantasy stories. Only a couple of stories had ties to the Enchanted Forest. Some were dark in tone, and some were light and written in that carefree bouncy style of many more modern fairytales (think E. Nesbit, but not turn-of-the-century). Some of the stories felt like they were part of a longer novel and should have been turned into one instead of leaving the reader with so many answers. It was often hard to tell the ages of the characters. One story had high school characters, but they seemed to act and be much younger. All of the characters seemed to exhibit the same (often) insouciant agelessness. All in all, I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy. ( )
1 vote Mialro | Feb 17, 2010 |
Collection of fantasy short stories by Wrede:

Rikiki and the Wizard
A sweet story about a greedy wizard and his kind and beautiful daughter.

The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn (Enchanted Forest)
The middle princess from a kingdom where nothing is quite as it "should" be goes out to seek her fortune. The palace cat goes with her and they meet a haughty unicorn. Cute and funny.

Roses by Moonlight
An older sister meets an unusual woman and takes a walk through a unique garden. This story is different in that not a whole lot actually happens, and yet at the end, it still feels as though it did. I love this story.

The Sixty-two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd
An Arabian Nights type story with a wizard-monarch who curses everyone who makes him angry. Funny.

Earthwitch
This is a dark, sad story of love and war. I never feel like I've quite understood it, but it's moving nonetheless.

The Sword-Seller
Classic good-vs-evil high fantasy, with a few twists. Dark and dramatic.

The Lorelei
Some students on a school trip to Germany make an unexpected stop at the Lorelei cliffs. A great story and I love the main character.

Stronger Than Time
Sleeping Beauty gone awry. The end is unexpected.

Cruel Sisters
A beautiful and sharp retelling of an old ballad.

Utensile Strength (Enchanted Forest)
Queen Cimorene and King Mendanbar must find the wielder for a powerful enchanted weapon. Absolutely hilarious. Recipe included. ( )
5 vote bluesalamanders | Jun 14, 2009 |
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This witty and charming collection of ten short fantasies includes a story, set in the Enchanted Forest, about Queen Cimorene's Frying Pan of Doom; a zany yarn about a magical blue chipmunk with a passion for chestnuts; and an eerie tale of a caliph who turns his vizier's daughter into a wolf.

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Stories of wizards, princesses, unicorns, enchanted roses, and other people and things that exist in the realm of magic.

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